NBA Betting Predictions – Wednesday March 9th, 2016

Predictions record 56-51 (52.3%)

I was incorrect on my pick yesterday evening as the Wizards (+5.5) were defeated in overtime 116-109 at Portland. I like 1 game on the schedule tonight.

Detroit Pistons (32-31) @ Dallas Mavericks (33-31)

American Airlines Center   8:30pm Eastern tip

 

 

 

Pistons probable starters: G – Reggie Jackson  G – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  C – Andre Drummond  F – Marcus Morris  F – Tobias Harris

Mavericks probable starters: G – Deron Williams  G – Wesley Matthews  C – Zaza Pachulia  F – Chandler Parsons  F – Dirk Nowitzki

Overview: The Detroit Pistons put a halt to their brief 2 game losing skid with a decisive 123-103 victory at home versus the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday. The team shot 52.4% from the field. They made 12 of their 22 shot attempts beyond the arc, good for 54.5%. They shot 82.1% from the free throw line as they were 23 of 28. They dominated the glass as they out-rebounded the Blazers 52-37. They had 22 assists in the game. They forced their opponent in to 13 turnovers. They scored 13 fast break points and 42 points in the paint. They only led by 10 after 3 quarters but outscored their opposition 38-28 in the final period. Starting point guard Reggie Jackson led the way with 30 points, 9 assists, and 2 steals. He shot 11 of 19 from the field, 7 of 7 from the free throw line, and 1 of 4 from the 3 point line. Starting small forward Marcus Morris tallied 19 points and 3 rebounds. He was 5 of 14 from the field, 7 of 9 from the free throw line, and 2 of 4 from the 3 point line. Starting shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope netted 16 points. He also had 7 rebounds and 2 assists. He was 4 of 12 from the field, 7 of 8 from the free throw line, and 1 of 3 from the 3 point line. Starting power forward Tobias Harris contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. He shot 7 of 12 from the field and 2 of 3 from the 3 point line. Starting center Andre Drummond notched a double-double as he poured in 14 points and pulled down 18 rebounds. He was 7 of 11 from the field and 0 of 2 from the free throw line. Tonight is their 34th road game of the season. They are 13-20 on the road this season. Tonight is their 27th game versus a Western Conference opponent. They are 12-14 versus Western Conference opponents. Tonight is the start of a 4 game road trip. Their next game is Friday at the Charlotte Hornets. The Dallas Mavericks have dropped 3 in a row after a 109-90 defeat at home versus the Los Angeles Clippers last night. The team shot 37% from the field. They missed 21 of their 25 3-point shot attempts, a 16% clip. They shot 81.3% from the free throw line as they were 26 of 32. They narrowly out-rebounded their opponent 56-55. They had 15 assists in the game. They turned the ball over 15 times. They scored 13 fast break points and 32 points in the paint. They had 2 point lead at halftime but were outscored 59-38 in the 2nd half. Starting power forward Dirk Nowitzki led the team in scoring with 22 points. He also had 6 rebounds. He shot 9 of 19 from the field and 4 of 5 from the free throw line. Backup power forward David Lee came off the bench to contribute with 13 points and 8 rebounds. He was 4 of 11 from the field and 5 of 6 from the free throw line. Backup point guard Raymond Felton chipped in with 10 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. He was 3 of 6 from the field and 4 of 4 from the free throw line. Starting small forward Chandler Parsons produced 9 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. He shot 3 of 12 from the field, 2 of 2 from the free throw line, and 1 of 5 from the 3 point line. Tonight is their 34th home game of the season. They are 19-14 at home this season. Tonight is their 25th game versus an Eastern Conference opponent. They are 12-12 versus Eastern Conference opponents. Tonight is the 2nd game of a 3 game home stand. Their next game is Saturday at home versus the Indiana Pacers.

Tonight is the first meeting of the season between Detroit and Dallas. Last season the Pistons and Mavericks split their pair of meetings. After tonight the 2 teams play 1 more time this season: April 1st at Detroit.

Prediction: The Pistons are currently a half game behind the Bulls for the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs race. The Mavericks currently own the 7th seed in the West, a half behind the 6th seeded Blazers and a game and a half ahead of the 8th seeded Rockets. The Mavericks will get it done at home as the Pistons have lost each of their last 2 road games by a margin of 13 or more points.

 

My take: Mavericks -1.5 (BetOnline.ag)

Written by: Jeff P



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