Pistons vs. Pacers 2021 NBA Odds and Preview – December 16th, 2021
The Pistons are enduring the longest losing streaks of the season with 12 consecutive defeats. They look to end this drought when they take on the Pacers Thursday night. The Pistons’ matchup against the Bulls was postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak in Chicago. This gives the team an extra day of rest after losing to the Nets 116-104. Meanwhile, the Pacers attempt to snap a two-game losing streak.
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Pistons vs. Pacers Game Information
- When: Thursday, December 16, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
- Where: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
- TV: NBA TV
- Radio: WXYT-FM 97.1 (Pistons) / ESPN The Fan 1070 AM (Pacers)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Pistons (+10) / Pacers (-10)
Why Bet on the Detroit Pistons?
The Pistons are eager to end a lengthy losing streak but enter the Gainbridge Fieldhouse as underdogs. They average 99.7 points (29th) per game but improved their numbers in recent weeks. The team scored 103 points or more in four of their last five contests. Despite losing to the Nets in their most recent matchup, head coach Dwane Casey will try to force his team out of this slump.
Looking at the shooting statistics, the Pistons aren’t the most impressive team in the league. Expect the visitors to have a tough time shooting against a competent Pacers defense. The team averages 40.9% shooting and a 47.4% effective field goal percentage (30th). Nevertheless, the team capitalizes on free throws and evens out to 78.7% shooting from the line (11th).
Defensively, the Pistons hold their opponents to 109.4 points (22nd) per game. They record 50.4 total rebounds (27th) per game but do better on the offensive rebounding end. The team averages 10.5 offensive boards in 26 games played.
Point guard Killian Hayes is under observation following a thumb injury. Saben Lee is ready to take his place should the starter fail to get the green light on Thursday night.
Why Bet on the Indiana Pacers?
The Pacers are the overwhelming favorites in this game. They average 107.8 points (16th) on 45.9% shooting. They might not have the best three-point shooting statistics in the league at 32.7% from beyond the arc but are one of the deadliest teams from the two-point range. The squad hits 54.7% of their two-point shots, the fourth-best record in the league right now. Additionally, the team might be too much for the Pistons in the paint. The hosts record 48.3 points in the paint (seventh) per game while the challengers give up 46.4 points in the paint (18th) per game.
Previewing the defense, the Pacers aim to outperform the Pistons in rebounding. They record 3.7 more total rebounds than their upcoming opponents. At the same time, the hosts are the better defensive rebounding team with 34.9 defensive boards (ninth) per game. Additionally, blocking is a crucial part of the team’s defense. They average at least six blocks per game and have the third-best record this season.
The Pacers have a balanced starting lineup this season with the duo of Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis taking charge of scoring. Both first and second-choice players are healthy and good to go.
Pistons vs. Pacers Betting Trends
- The Pistons are 2-5 in the last seven regular-season road games against the Pacers (3-4 ATS).
- The Pistons are 0-5 in the last five regular-season road games (3-2 ATS).
- The totals went over in five of the Pistons’ last six regular-season road games against the Pacers.
- The Pacers are 3-2 in the last five regular-season home games against the Pistons (3-2 ATS).
- The Pacers are 2-2 in the last four regular-season games (3-1 ATS).
- The totals went under in two of the Pacers’ last five regular-season home games against the Pistons.
Pistons vs. Pacers Expert Betting Prediction
The Indiana Pacers might not be the most consistent team right now, but they do have the better numbers on paper compared to the Pistons. That said, they remain the favorites in this game with home-court advantage giving them a helping hand. Meanwhile, the Pistons are still a tough team to pick given that they lose by an average of 10.6 points per game. There’s still a good chance that they cover the spread, but a win is still a long shot for this rebuilding team.
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