Phoenix Suns vs Detroit Pistons Prediction, 1/8/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Detroit Pistons
Date: Friday, January 8, 2021
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (-6.5)
The Phoenix Suns (6-2) travel to Little Caesars Arena on Friday where they'll take on the Detroit Pistons (1-7). Phoenix opens this game as 6.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 218.5.
The Phoenix Suns faced off with the Toronto Raptors and took home the win by a score of 123-115 in their last game. Phoenix walked away from the contest having earned a 48.2% FG percentage (40 of 83) and converted 21 of their 40 shots from downtown. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Suns converted 22 of 24 attempts for a rate of 91.7%. In reference to rebounding, they compiled a total of 41 with 8 of them being offensive. They also doled out 30 assists for this contest while earning 4 steals and 3 rejections. In the matter of the defense, Phoenix let their opponent shoot 49.4% from the field on 39 out of 79 shooting. Toronto doled out 18 assists and had 6 steals in this matchup. In addition, the Raptors grabbed 42 rebounds (10 offensive, 32 defensive) and had 5 blocked shots. Toronto shot 71.9% at the charity stripe by making 23 of 32 shots. They also converted 14 of 35 shots from 3-point range.
Devin Booker is a player who was a major factor for this game. He ended up walking away with 24 points on 6 out of 14 shooting. He was on the court for 34:36 mins and also pulled down 2 rebounds. Booker finished the game shooting 42.9% from the field and distributed 6 dimes. One more player that was a contributor in the matchup for the Suns was Jae Crowder. He collected 3 boards and had 2 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 63.6% from the floor in this contest by shooting 7-of-11 (21 points). In all, Crowder played for 34:57 min.
Phoenix will enter this matchup with a record of 6-2 this year. They cough up possession 13.6 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 21.1 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Phoenix is snagging 41.8 boards per game and has totaled 207 dimes this season, which has them ranked 10th in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Suns are shooting 39.1% on shots from 3-point land (116 of 297) and 83.7% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 109.8 pts per game (19th in the NBA) while connecting on 47.1% from the floor. On defense, the Suns are able to force 13.9 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.4 fouls. The Suns are allowing a FG percentage of 45.9% (111 of 163) and they relinquish 42.3 boards per game as a group. They are currently ranked 4th in the NBA in allowing assists to their opponents with 162 surrendered for the year. They are conceding 35.0% on 3-point shots and they are 1st in basketball in points per game allowed (102.4).
The last time they took the court, the Detroit Pistons went home defeated by a final of 130-115 when they faced the Milwaukee Bucks. The Pistons recorded 32 defensive boards and 15 offensive rebounds totaling 47 for the game. They rejected 3 tries while earning 6 steals for the contest. The Bucks were called for 22 fouls in this matchup which got the Pistons to the free throw line for 30 attempts. They were able to bury 26 of the free throws for a percentage of 86.7%. In relation to shooting from beyond the arc, Detroit buried 13 of their 41 tries (31.7%). When the final whistle blew, the Pistons finished 38 out of 97 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 39.2%. The Pistons permitted the Bucks to knock down 49 of 90 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 54.4% in this contest. They finished shooting 44.2% from beyond the arc by going 19 of 43 and finished the game at 13 of 21 from the free throw line (61.9%). When talking about how they cleaned up the glass, Detroit permitted Milwaukee to pull down 47 in all (9 offensive).
Jerami Grant was important for the Pistons for this game. He knocked down 9 of 20 in this game giving him a rate of 45.0%, which earned him 31 points. Grant grabbed 10 rebounds in his 35:21 mins of time on the court and had 2 dimes for the contest. Another guy that ended being a contributor for Detroit was Saddiq Bey. He scored 20 points in 24:08 mins on the court via 6 of 14 shooting for the contest. Bey wrapped this one up going 42.9% from the floor while also totaling 3 assists and 10 total rebounds.
Detroit has a win-loss mark of 1-7 for the year. The Pistons have committed 20.0 fouls every game and they shoot 79.4% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 24.0 times per game (18th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 13.6 times per game. Detroit has tallied 892 points for the campaign (111.5 per contest) and they pull in 44.0 boards per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Pistons are hitting on 42.8% from the floor, which ranks 29th in basketball. The Pistons defensively are ranked 26th in the NBA in points given up per game with 119.1. They are able to force 16.9 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 50.7% from the field (30th in basketball). The Detroit defense gives up 39.7% on 3-point attempts (114 of 287) and their opponents are converting on 73.2% of their foul shots. They give up 28.4 assists and 45.6 boards per contest, which ranks them 28th and 18th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Phoenix (-6.5)
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