Detroit Pistons v Dallas Mavericks – NBA Betting Preview and Prediction
Although technically a home match for Detroit Pistons, Friday’s bout will be played at a neutral ground in Mexico City. That on its own will have a rather significant impact on how this game will play out as it won’t only be played outside of the USA, but also at a very high altitude, approximately 500 meters (1640 ft) higher compared to Denver and Utah.
Detroit Pistons hoping to keep the streak alive
Detroit Pistons are entering this bout with 10-14 on the year and a rather impressive 4-1 in their last five, which sits them at ninth place in the East and only one game off Orlando Magic. In regards to their most recent five fixtures, Pistons bested both San Antonio Spurs (132:98) and Cleveland Cavaliers (127:94), lost their next fixture against Milwaukee Bucks (103:127) and won their last two against Indiana Pacers (108:101) and New Orleans Pelicans (105:103).
Looking back at Pistons’ clash with New Orleans Pelicans, the match ended closer than what Pistons would have hoped. In fact, Pistons ended up behind in both Q1 (25:29) and Q2 (22:24), meaning they ventured off into the second half six points short of Pelicans (47:53). That being said, Casey’s men woke up in the third quarter where they demolished Pelicans (34:21) and not only closed the gap but got themselves in a seven-point lead. While they failed to keep the momentum going in the last quarter (24:29), Detroit held on to their lead and came out ahead with two points to spare. The final score showed 105:103 in favor of the visitors.
The top scorer of the night was Brandon Ingram with 31, to which he added six rebounds and three assists. Derrick Rose was second with 21 points, three rebounds and seven assists. Jrue Holiday was the third most effective scorer with 20 points to which he added six rebounds and five assists.
Dallas Mavericks’ run comes to an end
Dallas Mavericks have been performing exceptionally well this season and were on a five-game winning streak before last round, where they lost to Sacramento Kings (106:110) in front of their own crowd. As it stands now, Mavs are 16-7 on the year and 4-1 in their last five, where they defeated LA Lakers (114:100), New Orleans Pelicans (118:97), Minnesota Timberwolves (121:114) and again Pelicans (130:84), before they lost to Kings on Monday.
In the match against Sacramento Kings, Dallas performed rather poorly for their own standards, even from the very start. Their problems started in the first quarter, where Kings outscored them by nine points (27:36), yet it was not as bad as the second quarter, where Kings ran away by adding another 11 points to their lead (19:30), meaning Mavs were in a 20-point hole ahead of the second half. Fortunately, the hosts found their rhythm in the third quarter (32:26), but failed to reduce a gap to a comfortable margin. Trailing by 14, Mavs entered the last quarter where they performed well but ultimately ran out of time to catch up to Kings, who claimed their 11th win of the season with four points to spare (110:106).
Nemanja Bjelica was the star of the night with 30 points, seven rebounds and four assists, closely followed by Tim Hardaway with 29 points, one rebound and two assists. Dallas’ young star Luka Doncic ended the match with 27 points, seven rebounds and eight assists.
Verdict & Prediction
The match between the Detroit Pistons and Dallas Mavericks will take place in Mexico City, which as mentioned will have a rather significant impact on how this match will be played. The position of the stadium on its own is at a high altitude and the poor air quality won’t do either team any favors either. This will force teams to rotate their squad far more frequently, meaning they will have to utilize the bench more often as usual, which should slow this game down.
As we see it, Dallas Mavericks should struggle more, as they rely heavily on their outside shot, which they won’t be able to count on here. Pistons on the other side do most of their damage inside the paint, which should give them a slight advantage here. If we add the solid defense both teams possess to the mix, we believe Friday’s clash will be a close one and for that reason, we will side with Pistons to keep this one within seven points. As far as team news are concerned, Mavericks have Delon Wright listed as doubtful, while Reggie Jackson remains out for the Pistons.
Prediction: Detroit Pistons +7.00 Points
Odds: 1.94 Pinnacle