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(40-19) Boston Celtics vs. Detroit Pistons (28-29)
Date: Friday February 23
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -1
NBA Betting Total: 204.5
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On Friday February 23, the Boston Celtics arrive at the Little Caesars Arena to face their host the Detroit Pistons. This is the first game for both squads since the All-Star Break.
Boston were arguably in need of the break more than any other squad as they limped into the break having lost three in a row at home and four of their last five games.
Detroit won their last pre break game vs. the Hawks, but has lost three of their last four.
Last season the Celtics won three of the four games in the season series while the teams have split their two games this season. The Celtics hold the all-time record having bested the Pistons in 237 of their 372 matches.
Marcus Smart who cut his hand punching a picture is expected to make his return to the lineup Friday. The Celtics are in desperate need of his defense.
In the 15 games prior to the break the Celtics were 6-9 and more than three points worse defensively than their top NBA ranking. Worse during this same stretch the Celtics ranked 25th offensively.
It is expected the addition and integration of Greg Monroe will help with Boston’s offense.
All season pundits have cited the Celtics as the East’s top team but now that they are struggling to score the reformulated Cavaliers and top seeded Raptors are garnering more respect.
Notably, the Celtics will face adversity down the stretch as they play seven games on the opposite coast and 14 of 23 on the road.
Shane Larkin is questionable for the match as he continues to deal with knee soreness.
The initial success the Pistons experienced following the trade to add Blake Griffin evened back to the mean with Detroit entering the break losing three of four games.
Detroit won the five consecutive games following the trade, but has struggled since. The pairing of Griffin and Andre Drummond has organically fit, but the Pistons are struggling elsewhere, particularly in the backcourt.
Stan Van Gundy made a smart trade deadline pick up to grab his former Magic point guard Jameer Nelson.
More than Drummond and Griffin’s ability to mesh the play of Nelson until Reggie Jackson can return in March may well determine Detroit’s playoff hopes.
Reggie Bullock (illness) is questionable for Friday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 14-6 in Celtics last 20 Fri. games.
- Under is 7-2 in Pistons last 9 Fri. games.
- Pistons are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Pistons are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games overall.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Detroit Pistons NBA Prediction: Celtics -1
Although Boston hasn’t been as strong in the mid season the break should’ve done them a world of good as their youngsters needed rest. The major issue for the Celtics will be contending with the size of Griffin and Drummond up front.
But their defense should keep it close enough to squeak out the win.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics -1
NBA Free Score Prediction: Celtics 101 – Pistons 98
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