Pistons Charge Into Rip City
The Detroit Pistons (10-29) play their third consecutive away game on Monday against the Portland Trail Blazers (18-17). This has become an intriguing matchup with the Pistons’ recent success and the Trail Blazers’ slump. Detroit has gone 2-1 outright and against the spread (ATS) in its last three games. Portland is 1-4 in its last five.
Will the Pistons continue their stretch of success, or will the Blazers get back on track at home?
Let’s check the latest NBA odds, stats, injury reports, and NBA lines for Pistons vs Trail Blazers. We’ve plenty of NBA betting for you to consider.
Detroit Upping the Ante
This has been another rough season for the Detroit Pistons, as they hold the NBA’s worst record at 10-29. Guard Cade Cunningham’s season-ending shin injury sealed Detroit’s fate. The Pistons will likely finish with a bottom-three record and contend for the 2023 NBA Draft’s top pick. Many teams are hoping to add unicorn forward Victor Wembanyama, the runaway favorite to be selected at No. 1 with -2000 odds.
Detroit could make some changes following the season as well, like firing coach Dwane Casey. The Pistons have been in a “rebuild” for far too long and must improve in future seasons.
However, Pistons fans finally have something to cheer for over the last week, as Detroit has become far more competitive. It took the 21-17 Los Angeles Clippers to overtime on Dec. 26, and the Pistons have won two of their last three games. Detroit has not had success like this since the beginning of December.
Forward Bojan Bogdanovic has stepped up as a leading scorer by totaling at least 20 points in four of the last five games. The sharpshooting wing draws a favorable matchup after the Trail Blazers allowed 17 3-pointers in their previous game.
Elite Defender Makes Blazers Debut
The Portland Trail Blazers’ recent road trip did not go well. They are 0-4 outright and ATS in their last four away games. The Blazers’ only win over the last five games was a home game against the Charlotte Hornets (124-113) on Dec. 26.
Portland gets another one-game home stand on Monday before hitting the road again. After falling to eighth in the Western Conference standings, the Trail Blazers need to come out with a win. Making the playoffs is still in question, as they hold -140 odds.
The defense has been solid for most of the season, ranking 12th in allowed points per game. However, four of the last five opponents have eclipsed 112 points. In the last three games, Portland allowed 117 points per game. This must change against the Pistons, who rank 23rd in points per game and 28th in shooting percentage.
Guard Gary Payton II is expected to make his season debut after signing with the Blazers in the offseason. He is one of the NBA’s best on-ball defenders and should bring a big boost. Center Jusef Nurkic (14.8 points and 9.9 rebounds) is questionable with an illness.
Pistons vs Trail Blazers Game Injuries
Pistons vs Trail Blazers Head-to-Head
The Pistons do not fare well here, as the Trail Blazers have won five consecutive matchups while going 4-1 ATS.
Pistons vs Trail Blazers Game Information
- Game: Pistons vs Trail Blazers
- Location: Moda Center, Portland, OR
- Day/Time: Monday, Jan. 2nd, 10:00 p.m. ET
- Pistons vs Trail Blazers Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
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Pistons vs Trail Blazers Betting Lines
Pistons vs Trail Blazers Picks & Prediction
Nurkic’s status could determine this game. Portland will have its three leading scorers – guard Damian Lillard (27.8 points), Anfernee Simons (22.4 points), and forward Jerami Grant (22 points). However, the Blazers rank in the bottom third of rebounds per game; missing their lead rebounder would be a big blow.
Rebounding has been one of the Pistons’ only strengths, ranking eighth in the category. In the last three games, Detroit has won the rebounding battle twice, which were both wins. The Pistons will fall short but cover ATS by getting plenty of shots, thanks to an advantage on the glass.
Portland is listed at -450 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Trail Blazers, you have a chance to win $22. Detroit is +340, offering a chance to win $340 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Portland an 81.82% chance to win, with the Pistons at 22.73%.