Free NBA Hoops Pick: Pelicans vs Pistons Lines
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(21-33) New Orleans Pelicans vs. Detroit Pistons (27-28)
Date: Sunday, February 21
Time: PM EST
Venue: The Palace of Auburn Hills – Auburn Hills, Mich.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Pistons -5
NBA Betting Total: 206.5
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The Detroit Pistons should be considered one of the biggest winners from the 2016 NBA trade deadline — if not the biggest winner. Brandon Jennings was never going to re-establish himself as a star with this organization, so shipping him out along with Irsan Illyasova made sense with Tobias Harris as the return.
As for the New Orleans Pelicans, the lottery continues to be the biggest goal. Or at least it should be, as the playoffs are a pipe dream this season.
New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans’ choice to remain quiet at the trade deadline looked like a good one in its first contest following the All-Star break. Ryan Anderson was rumored to a number of teams, but the Pellies ultimately hung onto him, and he scored 26 points in a 121-114 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
As for the contest against the Pistons, New Orleans will need Anderson’s shooting to spread the floor against a defense anchored by Andre Drummond. Anthony Davis’ performance against the big guy will also be key.
Despite the Pelicans’ current position as the 12th seed in the Western Conference, you won’t be able to convince any players on this roster to tank with next season in mind.
New Orleans has been victorious in three straight in the Motor City and hasn’t lost to this Pistons squad since February 4, 2012.
Along with Tobias Harris, the Detroit Pistons were able to acquire Donatas Motiejunas and Marcus Thornton at the trade deadline. The two latter players didn’t see time in the first game following All-Star Weekend, but Harris showed out with an impressive 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting.
Unfortunately for the Pistons, they’re in the middle of a nasty losing streak. Not only has this group dropped four straight, it’s lost seven of its last nine.
Luckily for Detroit, New Orleans is a great opportunity to turn things around.
The Pistons currently sit 1.5 games out of the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- Pelicans are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Pelicans are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.
- Pistons are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- Pistons are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Pistons are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
Free New Orleans Pelicans vs. Detroit Pistons NBA Prediction:
If the Pistons can contain Anderson on the perimeter and make Anthony Davis look human, they have a solid shot at getting closer to that coveted eighth seed out East.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: UNDER 206.5
Look for Detroit to come away with a win, and a decent-sized one at that.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Detroit 100 – New Orleans 93
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