The Indiana Pacers (22-42) visit Little Caesars Arena Friday to take on the Detroit Pistons (16-47). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Pacers vs. Pistons odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
The Pistons have been a covering machine as of late. They’ve covered 6 straight spreads yet are 6-4 against the spread (ATS) over their last 10.
Detroit most recently covered as an 8-point road underdog when it won 108-106 at the Toronto Raptors Thursday. Detroit is led by F Jerami Grant who is averaging 19.3 points per game.
The Pacers are coming off a two-game series at the Orlando Magic that they split 1-1. The Pacers are 4-6 ATS over their last 10 games yet have covered four of their last six outings.
Indiana is led by trade-deadline addition G Buddy Hield, who is averaging 20.6 points per game as a Pacer.
Pacers at Pistons odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Pacers -145 (bet $145 to win $100) | Pistons +120 (bet $100 to win $120)
Against the spread (ATS): Pacers -2.5 (-115) | Pistons +2.5 (-107)
Over/Under (O/U): 227.5 (O: -108 | U: -112)
Pacers at Pistons key injuries
C Goga Bitadze (foot) questionable
G Chris Duarte (toe) questionable
G Lance Stephenson (ankle) probable
C Myles Turner (foot) out
Pistons (not yet submitted)
F Marvin Bagley (ankle) questionable
G Frank Jackson (back) questionable
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Pacers at Pistons odds, lines, picks and predictions
Pistons 118, Pacers 115
SPRINKLE on the PISTONS (+120).
The Pacers are 1-1 on the road since the All-Star break. They’ve been far worse on the road this season where they’re 7-24 (compared to 15-18 at home). The Pistons are 9-21 at home compared to 7-26 on the road.
The Pistons are 4-2 over their last six games. Detroit has started playing at a high level, and I like the Pistons to win outright against the Pacers.
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Against the spread
BET on the PISTONS +2.5 (-107).
The Pacers have the league’s second-worst ATS record as road favorites at just 2-7 ATS. The Pistons are 14-12 ATS as a home underdog.
The big difference for Detroit has been No. 1 overall pick G Cade Cunningham stepping up his play. Cunningham is averaging 20.6 points and 5 assists per game since the All-Star break.
I’ll take the home side getting points in this one.
“LEAN” to the OVER 227.5 (-108).
This is a weaker play for me considering the inefficiencies both teams have shown this season. However, the pace at which Indiana plays behind Hield and G Tyrese Haliburton has been producing points at a high rate.
The Pacers are 7-3 O/U over their last 10 games and 35-28-1 O/U on the season.
The Pistons are 5-3-2 O/U across their last 10. The trends point to the Over, but it’s certainly not my favorite play as neither team has top-tier scoring threats.
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