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(28-31) Detroit Pistons vs. New Orleans Pelicans (23-37)
Date: Wednesday March 01
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans Louisiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Pelicans -2
NBA Betting Total: 209
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This game features a struggling Pistons team against the Pelicans.
The Pistons are 2-2 in their last 4 games, while New Orleans has lost 3 in a row since the All-Star break.
The Pelicans won the first game of the series by 20 points.
The Pistons didn’t make any major moves at the trade deadline, although there was talk of Andre Drummond and Demarcus Cousins switching teams. They still have a shot to make the playoffs and are a game up in the 8th seed.
Andre Drummond had an up and down game against the Celtics on Sunday. He scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, but was horrible from the charity stripe, going just 1-11 from the line.
With the Pelicans looking brand new on the front line I don’t expect Drummond to have a good game. He will face off against Cousins and Anthony Davis who are both long and athletic, so it will be a modest 8 points and 9 rebound performance from Drummond in this one.
Reggie Jackson shook off a poor 1-6, 4 point performance against the Hornets and scored 17 points against Boston. He also dished out 6 assists in the game and will have a good matchup against Jrue Holiday.
If Jackson can get hot early then Detroit should be able to capitalize on a big lead.
The Detroit defense has struggled recently. Giving up over 100 points in 6 of the last 7 games. That trend should continue in this one with 2 of the best scorers in the NBA facing them.
New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans is yet to win a game since trading for Demarcus Cousins, but I expect them to catch Denver and get the final playoff spot.
Anthony Davis destroyed the Thunder front line in the Pelicans last game, scoring 38 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. Since the trade for Cousins he has averaged 35 points and 10 rebounds per game. The one two punch of Cousins and Davis should be very dominant as we head into the final weeks of the season.
I expect those numbers to continue as Drummond will spend most of the night guarding Cousins, so Davis should continue to be dominant.
Cousins shook off a season low 12 point game to score 31 points and grab 10 rebounds in the loss. His matchup against Andre Drummond will be a good one. I expect Cousins to get 28 points and 14 rebounds in this one.
I expected Jrue Holiday to put up poor numbers against Russell Westbrook and victor Oladipo, and it turned out to be right. He scored just 6 points on 3-9 shooting, had 8 assists and 5 turnovers.
Facing former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson? It should be a good game for Holiday as he scored 22 points and 11 assists in the first meeting, while holding Jackson to just 6 points (2-7 from the field).
The Pelicans defense will need to improve if they are going to make the playoffs. After giving up 129 against Houston, they gave up 118 to the Thunder.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 9-1 in DET last 10 vs. NBA Southwest.
- NO are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- Over is 38-17 in NO last 55 home games.
- DET are 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
- Over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
Free Detroit Pistons vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction:
Detroit isn’t known for their offensive firepower so if they reach 100 points it will be a shock.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: New Orleans -2
The Pelicans will get a close win against the Pistons.
NBA Free Score Prediction: New Orleans 102 – Detroit 95
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