San Antonio Spurs vs Detroit Pistons Prediction, 3/15/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs Detroit Pistons
Date: Monday, March 15, 2021
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Odds/Point Spread: San Antonio (-3)
The San Antonio Spurs (19-15) go to Little Caesars Arena on Monday where they'll meet the Detroit Pistons (10-28). Detroit opens this matchup as 3-point dogs. The O/U has been set at 228.5.
The San Antonio Spurs took the court against the Orlando Magic and went home with a win by a final score of 104-77 in their last game. San Antonio walked away from the contest having earned a 44.9% field goal percentage (40 of 89) and made 10 of their 29 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Spurs made 14 of 18 attempts for a percentage of 77.8%. Regarding pulling down boards, they earned 45 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 24 dimes for the game as well as forcing the other team into 18 turnovers and getting 8 steals. In regard to the defense, San Antonio allowed 36.3% from the field on 29 of 80 shooting. Orlando doled out 17 dimes and had 3 steals for the contest. On top of that, Orlando grabbed 46 boards (9 offensive, 37 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. Orlando ended up going 75.0% at the free throw line by converting 9 of their 12 attempts. They also made 10 of their 38 attempts from three-point range.
Dejounte Murray is a player who came through in the game. He walked away with 17 points on 8 out of 19 shooting. He played 30:11 mins and snagged 6 boards. Murray finished the game at 42.1% from the field and earned 6 assists. One more player that came through in the matchup for the Spurs was Derrick White. He pulled down 1 rebound in his 25:16 min on the basketball court. He finished shooting 58.3% from the floor in the game by shooting 7-of-12 (17 points). When the final whistle was blown, White totaled 2 assists.
San Antonio comes into this contest with a mark of 19-15 so far this season. They are turning it over 11.1 times per contest and as a unit they commit 17.4 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, San Antonio is collecting 44.6 rebounds per game and has racked up 850 assists on the year, which is 25th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. The Spurs are hitting 36.5% on shots from beyond the arc (377 of 1,034) and 79.0% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 110.6 points per game (22nd in basketball) while shooting 45.6% from the floor. On the defensive end of the court, the Spurs are able to force 14.0 turnovers per game and they draw 18.3 fouls. They are ranked 3rd in basketball in allowing assists with 834 surrendered so far this year. The Spurs defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 46.3% (477 of 622) and they surrender 48.0 rebounds per contest as a squad. They concede 37.7% on three-point shots and they are ranked 7th in basketball in points per game from their opponents (110.1).
In their last game, the Detroit Pistons took a loss by a final score of 100-95 against the Brooklyn Nets. The Pistons were able to collect 35 defensive boards and 12 offensive boards for a total of 47 for this game. They also turned it over 12 times, while getting 9 steals in the matchup. The Nets had 16 fouls in this game which took the Pistons to the charity stripe for 20 tries. They were able to make 15 of the free throws for a rate of 75.0%. In regard to shooting from 3-point land, Detroit knocked down 8 of 32 tries (25.0%). At the conclusion of this game, the Pistons finished the game shooting 36 out of 89 from the field which had them at 40.4%. The Pistons allowed the Nets to make 39 of their 81 attempts from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 48.1% for the contest. They finished 22.2% from three-point range by shooting 6 out of 27 and walked away from this one shooting 16 of 22 at the free throw line (72.7%). When it comes to how they attacked the glass, Detroit permitted Brooklyn to snag 35 in total (5 on the offensive glass).
Jerami Grant ended up having an impact for the Pistons for the contest. He converted 7 of 17 in this matchup for a rate of 41.2%, and totaled 3 rebounds. Grant totaled 22 points in his 35:36 minutes on the hardwood and tallied 2 assists in the matchup. Another guy that ended being a contributor for Detroit was Delon Wright. He walked away with 5 assists in 31:23 minutes on the court, and he shot 5 out of 10 from the floor. Wright finished going 50.0% from the field as well as contributing 13 points and 5 total rebounds.
Detroit has a win-loss record of 10-28 so far this season. The Pistons are committing 20.6 personal fouls every game while shooting 77.3% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 24.4 times per contest (19th in the league) and they cough up possession 14.6 times per contest. Detroit has accounted for 4,084 points this season (107.5 per contest) and they pull down 42.8 rebounds per game. As an offensive team, the Pistons are connecting on 44.1% from the field, which is 27th in the league. The Pistons on defense are ranked 12th in basketball in PPG surrendered with 111.4. They are forcing 14.7 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 47.8% from the field (28th in the league). The Detroit defense gives up 37.0% on shots from 3-point land (447 of 1,209) and their opponents are converting on 75.8% of their free throw attempts. They give up 24.9 assists and 44.9 rebounds per contest, which ranks 18th and 20th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take San Antonio (-3)
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