Portland Blazers vs Detroit Pistons Prediction, 3/31/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Blazers vs Detroit Pistons
Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (-6)
The Portland Blazers (28-18) head to Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the Detroit Pistons (13-33). Detroit opens this matchup as 6-point underdogs. The total opens at 219.5.
The Portland Blazers faced the Toronto Raptors and took home the win by a score of 122-117 in their last contest. Portland finished the contest with a 47.4% field goal percentage (46 of 97) and knocked down 10 out of their 34 3-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Blazers buried 20 of 24 tries for a rate of 83.3%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they collected 47 with 13 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 24 assists for the contest in addition to forcing 12 turnovers and earning 7 steals. When talking about the defense, Portland allowed the other team to shoot 44.8% from the floor on 39 out of 87 shooting. Toronto doled out 17 dimes and had 3 steals for the matchup. Moreover, Toronto collected 45 rebounds (12 offensive, 33 defensive) and got 11 blocked shots. Toronto finished the game shooting 75.8% from the charity stripe by knocking down 25 of their 33 shots. They converted 14 of their 42 attempts from 3-point range.
CJ McCollum is someone who had an impact in the game. He finished with 23 points on 9 of 18 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38:49 mins played and also pulled down 7 rebounds. McCollum finished the contest at 50.0% from the floor and also totaled 5 assists. One more player that had an impact in this game for the Blazers was Damian Lillard. He collected 3 rebounds in 37:43 min played. He walked away from this one shooting 33.3% from the floor in this contest by connecting on 7-of-21 (22 points). At the conclusion of this game, Lillard accounted for 11 assists.
Portland comes into this game with a win-loss mark of 28-18 this season. They are turning it over 11.4 times per game and as a unit they are committing 19.3 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Portland is snagging 43.5 boards per game and has racked up 930 assists on the campaign, which has them ranked 30th in the league in terms of passing. The Blazers are shooting 38.0% on shots beyond the perimeter (744 of 1,958) and 83.4% from the free throw line. They average 114.8 points per game (9th in the league) while going 44.6% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Blazers are able to force 12.7 turnovers per game while drawing 18.6 fouls. They currently rank 20th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,165 conceded on the campaign. The Blazers are giving up a field goal percentage of 48.1% (584 of 855) and they surrender 45.9 boards per game as a squad. They are giving up 37.8% on three-point shots and they are 27th in the NBA in PPG allowed (115.5).
When they last stepped on the court, the Detroit Pistons walked away with a victory by a final of 118-104 when they faced the Toronto Raptors. The Pistons were able to collect 35 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 44 for this contest. They coughed up the ball 19 times, while earning 6 steals in this matchup. The Raptors committed 25 fouls for this contest which got the Pistons to the free throw line for 34 attempts. They were able to knock down 27 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 79.4%. In relation to 3-pointers, Detroit knocked down 15 out of 30 attempts (50.0%). Overall, the Pistons ended up going 38 out of 75 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.7%. The Pistons allowed the Raptors to knock down 35 out of 86 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 40.7% for the contest. They went 30.6% from distance by shooting 11 out of 36 and finished the game at 23 out of 28 from the free throw line (82.1%). In the matter of cleaning up the glass, Detroit allowed Toronto to pull down 38 in total (10 on the offensive side).
Saddiq Bey ended up being a factor for the Pistons in this contest. He made 6 of 10 in the game for a rate of 60.0%, and accounted for 3 rebounds. Bey scored 19 points in his 33:24 minutes on the court and had 4 dimes in this contest. Another guy that was pivotal for Detroit was Saben Lee. He ended up with 5 assists in his 26:05 mins on the hardwood, and he knocked down 7 out of 12 from the floor. Lee ended up shooting 58.3% from the field while totaling 19 points and 3 rebounds.
Detroit has a win-loss record of 13-33 for the season. When it comes to executing on offense, the Pistons are connecting on 44.4% from the field, which ranks 27th in the league. Detroit has accounted for 4,930 points on the season (107.2 per contest) and they pull in 42.7 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 24.2 times per contest (19th in basketball) and they are turning it over 14.7 times per game. The Pistons commit 20.5 fouls per game and they hit 77.1% from the free throw line. The Pistons defensively are ranked 9th in the league in points per game surrendered with 110.7. The Detroit defense allows 37.2% on shots from 3-point land (542 of 1,458) and their opponents are knocking down 76.4% of their shots from the free throw line. They have given up 24.7 assists and 44.5 boards per contest, which is ranked 17th and 18th in the NBA. They are forcing their opponents into 14.7 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 47.5% from the floor (26th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Portland (-6)
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