Detroit Pistons vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 2/24/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Detroit Pistons vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Odds/Point Spread: Detroit (+10)
The Detroit Pistons (8-22) travel to Smoothie King Center on Wednesday where they'll take on the New Orleans Pelicans (13-17). Detroit opens this game as 10-point dogs. The O/U is set at 222.
The Detroit Pistons took the court against the Orlando Magic and took a loss by a score of 105-96 in their last game. Detroit finished with a 37.4% field goal percentage (34 out of 91) and converted 11 out of their 40 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Pistons buried 17 of 21 shots for a rate of 81.0%. In reference to rebounding, they earned 49 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 23 assists in the game in addition to getting 10 steals and 4 blocks. Concerning defense, Detroit allowed 43.2% from the floor on 35 out of 81 shooting. Orlando distributed 24 assists and had 7 steals for this contest. Moreover, the Magic totaled 51 rebounds (5 offensive, 46 defensive) and had 8 blocked shots. Orlando ended up shooting 89.7% at the charity stripe by making 26 of their 29 shots. They also converted 9 of 30 shots from 3-point range.
Jerami Grant is a player who was a major contributor in the game. He had 24 points on 8 of 16 shooting. He played 34:33 minutes and also collected 5 boards. Grant finished the game shooting 50.0% from the floor and totaled 4 assists. One more player that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Pistons was Saddiq Bey. He grabbed 8 boards and also collected 2 dimes. He ended up going 30.0% from the floor in this contest by shooting 3-of-10 (11 points). When this game wrapped up, Bey saw the court for 29:32 min.
Detroit will enter this game with a win-loss record of 8-22 this year. They currently have an average of 107.8 points per game (24th in the league) while hitting 43.5% from the field. The Pistons are connecting on 34.9% on shots beyond the perimeter (378 of 1,082) and 78.3% from the free throw line. As a unit, Detroit is collecting 42.7 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 720 assists on the season, which has them ranked 20th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 14.8 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 20.7 fouls per contest. When they are on the defensive end, the Pistons are forcing their opponents into 15.4 turnovers per contest and they draw 21.2 personal fouls. They currently rank 17th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 752 surrendered so far this season. The Pistons defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 48.1% (463 of 636) and they relinquish 45.5 rebounds per game as a squad. They are giving up 37.7% from 3-point land and they rank 18th in basketball in opponents PPG (112.3).
In their last game, the New Orleans Pelicans took home the win by a final score of 120-115 when they played the Boston Celtics. The Pelicans were able to snag 40 defensive boards and 12 offensive rebounds totaling 52 for the contest. They blocked 7 tries while recording 5 steals in this matchup. The Celtics committed 30 fouls in this contest which took the Pelicans to the charity stripe for a total of 37 attempts. They were able to knock down 25 of the free throws for a clip of 67.6%. Pertaining to shooting from downtown, New Orleans made 11 of their 36 tries (30.6%). Overall, the Pelicans shot 42 for 94 from the field which had them at 44.7%. The Pelicans permitted the Celtics to bury 39 of their 98 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 39.8% for this game. They shot 27.0% from 3-point land by shooting 10 of 37 and finished the game at 27 of 34 at the free throw line (79.4%). In relation to rebounds, New Orleans allowed Boston to grab 49 in all (11 on the offensive side).
Brandon Ingram pitched in for the Pelicans for the game. He made 11 out of 22 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, which gave him 33 points. Ingram had 6 boards in his 42:32 mins of time on the hardwood and had 3 assists in this contest. One more player who came through for New Orleans was Zion Williamson. He scored 28 points in his 39:48 mins on the hardwood by way of 11 out of 21 from the floor for this contest. Williamson ended the game having shot 52.4% from the field while also collecting 4 dimes and 10 rebounds.
New Orleans has a record of 13-17 on the campaign. New Orleans has accumulated 3,444 points so far this season (114.8 per contest) and they collect 46.1 rebounds per contest. The Pelicans commit 17.7 personal fouls every game and they connect on 73.2% from the free throw line. As an offensive unit, the Pelicans are connecting on 48.1% from the floor, which is 8th in the NBA. Their rate of earning assists is at 24.9 times per contest (16th in basketball) and they cough up possession 14.4 times per contest. The Pelicans on the defensive side of the court are 26th in the NBA in PPG given up with 115.1. The New Orleans defense surrenders 39.5% on 3-point attempts (483 of 1,224) and opponents are converting on 79.7% of their free throw attempts. They have conceded 28.0 dimes and 40.7 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 29th and 1st in the league. They are able to force 13.5 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 47.1% from the field (21st in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New Orleans (-10)
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