Houston Rockets vs Detroit Pistons

 

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The Detroit Pistons host the Houston Rockets in Friday night NBA action from Little Ceasers Arena in Detroit, Michigan, beginning at 7 pm EST. Currently, the home team is favored by 3.5-points while the total stands at 222.5-points.

The new-look Rockets lost their 3rd-straight game after falling at home to the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night as Deandre Ayton along with Devin Booker each shined bright in accounting for 50 of the Suns’ points in the contest as the team shot 48%. The Houston offense, despite hitting 10 3’s, finished at 42% from the field with Eric Gordon, Victor Oladipo, along with Christian Wood each posting 20 or more. The Rockets failed to cover as 5.5-point dogs in the contest as they are 1-5 ATS in their last 6, overall.

The Pistons have also been on a downward slide in dropping 4 of their last 5 as they fell in overtime by 8-points on the road to the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night as Atlanta was able to outscore Detroit by a 17-9 margin in the extra period. Despite having 4 starters in double-figures while getting 32 points from Jerami Grant, the Pistons were not able to overcome 2 30+ point nights from Trey Young along with John Collins. Detroit also failed to cover as 4.5-point underdogs, but possess a record of 3-2-1 ATS in their last 6 games.

Detroit has picked up wins in 4 of their last 6 matchups versus the Rockets with their most recent being a 115-107 road win December of 2019. The Pistons have also won 3 of 4 at home versus Houston, including 2-straight victories. Detroit has not only won 5-straight against the spread in this series, but is 3-1 ATS in their last 4 at Little Caesars Arena.

Wall may likely miss 3rd-straight game

John Wall, who is putting up over 18 points per game along with 5 boards has not played a full game since January 12th when he posted 10 points and 5 dimes in a 17-point home loss versus the Los Angeles Lakers. Since then, the guard has had to deal with a knee injury that has certainly come at a bad time with Houston falling to 4-9 on the year while being last in the Southwest Standings. To make matters worse, coach Stephen Silas has been very vague as to when Wall will be returning to the lineup.

“It doesn’t look like he’s going to play tonight, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to play over the weekend. But after the weekend, it looks like he’ll be back”, Silas told the RocketsWire. “I don’t believe it’s a long-term type deal, from the information I’m getting from the performance staff,” Silas said following Sunday’s team practice from Chicago. “It seems like a day-to-day thing. It wasn’t a specific injury, it’s something just kind of popped up. They’re managing it, he’s moving around, but we’re being cautious.”

And while caution is certainly key in this type of situation, Houston will have to move on without a critical piece in the lineup. Nonetheless, with Oladipo averaging 27 points, 8 boards, along with 5 assists since being traded from the Indiana Pacers along with Gordon (17 ppg) posted huge numbers since returning from an injury of his own, the Rockets will continue to compete. Important to note that despite forward Wood (24 ppg, 11 rebs) also putting up big numbers throughout the year, he is questionable for this contest due to an ankle injury while forward PJ Tucker is also questionable with an abdominal injury.

Pistons go cold in OT loss to Hawks

Consistency on both ends of the floor has been a huge issue for Detroit all year as they are averaging just under 110 points on a dismal 42% shooting (34% 3FG). The defense, on the other hand, ranks as one of the worst in the NBA giving up 114 points on a whopping 49% shooting, including surrendering 39% from long-range. They were destroyed by the Hawks as Young not only posted a double-double with 38 points and 10 dimes, but was able to get to the line 19 times, making 13, as the Pistons blew a double-digit lead in the 4th en route to the loss. To make matters worse, Atlanta outrebounded Detroit by a margin of 63-42 while posting a total of 23 offensive boards.

And while the return of Derrick Rose to the lineup was certainly a huge lift as the guard is averaging 18 points off the bench after 3 games while Grant (25 ppg, 6 rebs) continues to develop into a critical piece in the Pistons’ march forward, the fact is that they have not been able to flow as expected offensively throughout the year. Of course, Blake Griffin (13 ppg) along with Wayne Ellington (11 ppg), who recorded 17 and 16 points versus Atlanta, could certainly be huge contributors for Detroit on this end of the floor; However, Griffin has continued his dismal shooting display in 2020 shooting just 39% from the floor. And while Ellington is connecting on 49% of his shots in addition to hitting 46% of his treys, the guard has posted single digits in 4 of his last 6 outings, overall.

Rose posted 20 points on 10-21 shooting (0-4 3FG) in Detroit’s most recent matchup versus the Rockets while Griffin struggled as he ended with only 2 points on 0-7 shooting (0-3 from long-range).

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
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And while Pistons have struggled thus far, I have far more confidence in them than I do in a Houston squad that will likely be without Wall yet again, but may also be without other critical pieces as well due to injury.  Besides, Grant has really continued to spark the Pistons’ charge on both ends of the floor this year and the return and stellar play of Rose off the bench will be huge in this contest.  In all, look for the home team to cover the spread in this instance.

Prediction:
Detroit Pistons -3.5

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Full-Game Total Pick
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With both teams struggling to put the ball in the basket at this point in the season, I will gladly take the under for the contest.  Important to note that the total has not gone above its set number in 5 of the last 6 outings versus these 2 teams.  Furthermore, with Houston being shorthanded, this has affected their offense as of late as the under is 4-1 in their last 5.  On the other hand, it has been the result in 4 of the Pistons’ last 5 home games, including 3-straight.

Prediction:
Under 222.5