New Orleans Pelicans v Detroit Pistons – NBA Betting Preview and Prediction
New Orleans Pelicans will look to end their streak of eight consecutive defeats this Tuesday when they will play host to Detroit Pistons who will travel to Smoothie King Center for the first time this season.
New Orleans Pelicans counting on home-court advantage
New Orleans are set to enter their 24th game of the season with an underwhelming 6-17 record on the year. While Pelicans did not look all that bad 16 games in, their streak of eight consecutive defeats pushed them down to 14th place in the West, where they sit 1.5 wins above Golden State Warriors. In regards to their last eight matches, Pelicans lost to Utah Jazz (120:128), Los Angeles Clippers (109:134), Los Angeles Lakers (110:114), Oklahoma City Thunder twice in a row (104:109 and 104:107), Dallas Mavericks (97:118), Phoenix Suns (132:139)(OT) and again Dallas Mavericks (84:130) last weekend. Looking back at their clash with Dallas Mavericks, Pelicans biggest weakness surfaced, which is their poor shot. Pelicans struggled to keep up the pace with Dallas throughout the match, and while they ended Q1 only three points short (28:31), Pelicans went down by nine in Q2 (24:33), by 26 in Q3 (14:40) and by eight in Q4 (18:26) to end the match 46 points adrift of Dallas. Throughout the match, Pelicans shot the ball with only 36 FG% and only 35 FG% in Q3. Top scorer of the night was once more Luka Doncic with 26 points, to which he added six rebounds and eight assists. Marjanovic was second with 15 points, 16 rebounds and two assists, while Reddick scored 15 and had two rebounds and one assist.
Detroit Pistons eyeing a playoffs spot
Detroit Pistons are 9-14 on the year and 3-2 in their last five. As it stands now, Pistons are only 2.5 wins short of reaching to Orlando Magic and eighth spot in the East, which would send them into the playoffs. However, with Orlando seemingly finding their stride, Pistons will need to be on top of their game to keep up the pace if they wish to reach their ambitions of making it into the playoffs. In regards to their last five, Pistons lost to Charlotte Hornets (107:110), defeated San Antonio Spurs (132:98) and Cleveland Cavaliers (127:94), lost to Milwaukee Bucks (103:127) and defeated Indiana Pacers (108:101). Detroit Pistons started their clash with Indiana Pacers strong, claiming a 13 point lead by the end of the first quarter (32:19), but slowed down a bit in Q2 (23:25). Nonetheless, Pistons entered the second half of the fixture 11 points up, which set them up nicely to claim a win. Their double-digit lead seemingly made Pistons feel a bit too comfortable, seeing how they went down by 15 points (16:31), meaning they were chasing a four-point deficit in the last quarter. Despite the poor performance in Q3, Pistons woke up in the last quarter, where they outplayed and outscored Indiana Pacers by 11 points (37:26) to secure a very solid win, which should give them the needed confidence to keep pushing for a playoffs spot. The top scorer of the night was Warren who scored 26, to which he added one rebound and one assist. Drummond scored 25 to which he added a remarkable 22 rebounds and one assist. Griffin tied with Drummond in points (25) and added three rebounds and five assists to his record.
Verdict & Prediction
Pistons will enter Tuesday’s match without Reggie Jackson, while having Markieff Morris listed as questionable. The hosts, on the other side, have Derrick Favors listed as questionable. Based on what we have seen from the two teams, Pelicans should have a significant advantage inside the paint against Pelicans’ rather poor interior defense. As it stands now, Pelicans concede on average 52.5 ppg from inside the paint, which ties them with Cleveland as the worst team in the league when it comes to interior defense. Detroit on the other side are 11th most efficient team when it comes to scoring points from under the basket with an average of 48.4 ppg. Furthermore, Pelicans have been struggling with their shots and Pistons’ solid rim protection should not help their cause either. All things considered, Pistons should prove to be a huge nuisance for Pelicans, who don’t have the needed quality nor the form to win.
Prediction: Detriot Pistons to win
Odds: 2.10 Matchbook