Free NBA Pick: Pistons vs Hornets Lines
Looking for Detroit Pistons vs. Charlotte Hornets free NBA picks? NBA betting sees the Pistons taking on the Hornets on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(8-10) Detroit Pistons vs. Charlotte Hornets (10-7 (5-4 H))
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 29
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Spectrum Center – Charlotte, North Carolina
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: CHA -3
NBA Betting Total: 198.5
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The Detroit Pistons enter this contest 8-10 and looking to prove that they belong in the postseason discussion.
The Charlotte Hornets, on the other hand, have proven they are a playoff team, but the problem is that they no longer look like the Eastern Conference’s second-best team, as they did at the start of the year.
*All statistics and trends are current as of this writing, 8:00 p.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 28.
The Pistons are Andre Drummond’s team. If that wasn’t clear watching him dominate the paint and swallow up every rebound last season, it became obvious when the team committed a max contract to him this past summer.
All that said, this franchise and its fan base misses Reggie Jackson. The guard averaged 18.8 points, 6.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game last season.
Head coach Stan Van Gundy doesn’t expect the 26-year-old to return during the upcoming road trip beginning Tuesday, meaning the game plan becomes even more apparent: Stop Kemba Walker at all costs.
No, of course we don’t mean send a goon into the lineup to do something silly. What we mean is don’t be afraid to trap at half court. Don’t be afraid to double team.
Do whatever it takes defensively to get the ball out of the UConn product’s hands.
Walker is averaging 24.5 points, 5.1 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game while shooting 47 percent from the field and 41.1 percent from deep.
If Walker is able to perform at the All-Star level in which he’s been operating all season, the Pistons will have a long night ahead of them.
The good news here for Charlotte is that it’s going up against a team that struggles to score the basketball. The Pistons are just 26th this season in points per game, and that’s not going to change any time soon without Jackson back in the lineup.
The bad news is that Detroit has established a stout defense on which it can hang its hat. So far during 2016-17, the Pistons are holding opponents to just 97.1 points per contest — this gives them a positive net margin on the year.
With that in mind, containing Walker becomes a legitimate possibility for the Pistons. Meaning: If you’re the Hornets, you need to get other guys involved from the start of the contest.
Charlotte has capable scorers at most positions, but the No. 2 scorer on the roster is Nicolas Batum, who is more than 10 points per game behind Walker.
Creating a balanced attack is going to force Detroit into a more honest defensive scheme that doesn’t involve trapping Walker every time down the floor.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Pistons are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast.
- Hornets are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Hornets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Under is 4-0 in Pistons last 4 Tuesday games.
- Under is 13-3 in Pistons last 16 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Under is 4-1 in Pistons last 5 road games.
- Under is 4-1 in Pistons last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Free Detroit Pistons vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Prediction:
This is going to be a defensive battle. That favors Detroit, especially with Charlotte struggling as of late.
Give Detroit the win ATS in a low-scoring game, but give Charlotte home-court advantage for the victory SU.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: DET ATS
Don’t be shocked if the total score goes under the projected 198.5
NBA Free Score Prediction: Charlotte 98 – Detroit 97
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