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Hornets vs Pistons Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

Basement Dwellers Battle in Motor City

The basketball gods are not shining on us Thursday and offer up a matchup between the Charlotte Hornets and Detroit Pistons. Charlotte avoids occupying the bottom of the East standings thanks to the Pistons’ NBA-worst .227 winning percentage. The oddsmakers have no faith in Detroit, and the NBA lines list the Hornets as slight 3½-point favorites.

Despite the lack of overall talent, this game does hold value for those looking to bet on basketball tonight.

Hornets vs Pistons Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks
Hornets vs Pistons Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

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Hornets Snap Losing Streak

While the Hornets are in danger of finishing last in the Eastern Conference, they look far better than the Pistons over the last month of play. The Hornets just snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over the New York Knicks on Tuesday, with a five-game winning streak preceded that slump. The Hornets also beat a few good teams in that span, including the New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Miami Heat.

The Hornets may be in better shape than the Pistons, but they are just as risky of a bet on the NBA points spread when playing on the road. Charlotte has a horrible 3-7 against the spread (ATS) record in their last ten road games, with a return on investment (ROI) of -42.73%.

Aside from the recent loss of LaMelo Ball for the season, the Hornets are also far healthier than the Pistons heading into Thursday’s showdown.

Pistons on 0-9 Freefall

The Pistons continue to fail nightly and barely remain competitive, with just two wins since the end of January. Detroit is getting beat by all-comers, good or bad, and has all but given up on the season.

A good indication of their intentions for the rest of the season can be found in their injury list. According to NBA news, most of the starting lineup for the Pistons are out injured, including Isaiah Steward, Bojan Bogdanovic, Cade Cunningham, Jalen Duran, and Jillian Hayes. Those players account for the team leaders in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. Basically, this roster is the NBA equivalent of the QB depth chart for the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. They are down to scraps and don’t seem to care.

There’s no need to spend too much of this NBA betting preview on Detroit, and it’s best to refrain from trusting them even against a weak Hornets unit.

Hornets vs Pistons Game Injuries

Hornets vs Pistons Head-to-Head

The Pistons hold a 2-1 lead over the Hornets this season, straight up and ATS, but dropped the most recent matchup, losing 117-106 on Feb. 27. The Over/Under is 1-2.

Hornets vs Pistons Game Information

  • Game: Hornets (21-46) vs Pistons (15-51)
  • Location Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
  • Day/Time: Thursday, March 9, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Hornets vs Pistons Live stream: NBA Game Pass

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Hornets vs Pistons Betting Lines

Hornets vs Pistons Picks and Prediction

I maintain my stance that no NBA picks of mine will go in favor of the Pistons until something monumental changes. Even against the second-worst team in the East, I remain confident that the Pistons will continue to fail both on the scorecard and the betting board.

The Charlotte Hornets are listed at -160 in our Vegas NBA lines. If you wager $100 on the Hornets, you can win $63. The Detroit Pistons are +140, offering a chance to win $140 on a $100 wager.

The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Hornets a 61.54% chance to win, with the Pistons at 41.67%.

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Hornets vs Pistons Results

Hornets vs Pistons Game Summary

Pistons vs Hornets Previous Game (Feb 27, 2023)

Neither the Detroit Pistons nor the Charlotte Hornets are making a push for a play-in spot, instead having their eyes set on the draft lottery. The Pistons have the worst record in the Eastern Conference, and the Hornets are not far ahead by 3.5 games. They face each other on Monday.

The Pistons have lost their two games since the All-Star break, now on a four-game losing streak, most recently being beaten by the Toronto Raptors 95-91. The Hornets have surprisingly hit a hot streak, winning four straight, last facing the Miami Heat on Saturday, beating them 108-103.

The two games between the Pistons and Hornets have been very close this season. On top of that, the Pistons recently have been good at keeping games tight, despite ultimately losing.

Even with the Hornets winning streak and both teams at the bottom of the East, the Pistons should keep themselves in the game. The spread is nearly seven points in favor of the Hornets, which may be too large.

Pistons vs Hornets Game Summary

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