Who Wants It More?
With only 23 wins between them, the question remains whether the Detroit Pistons and San Antonio Spurs want to win.
There doesn’t seem to be much desperation and that’s reflected in NBA betting markets. The Pistons are +2 underdogs to score consecutive wins, having beaten the Golden State Warriors in an upset on Wednesday.
Let’s check the latest NBA odds, stats, injury report and NBA lines for Pistons vs Spurs. We’ve plenty of NBA betting odds for you to consider.
Pistons Seeking Upset Wins
Knowing what’s to come for the Pistons is anyone’s guess, but they scored two upset wins in their last three games.
They defeated the Timberwolves 116-104 as the +7 underdog last week before beating the Warriors 122-119 as the +6½ betting online underdog. The Warriors weren’t at full strength, but it was still an unexpected road win.
Friday’s game against the Spurs will be their fifth consecutive road game, which could take its toll. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the Pistons come out flat, given the emotion of beating the Warriors.
Saddiq Bey made the last-second shot to win the game.
“It was tough, I don’t even remember I kind of blacked out a little bit,” Bey said. “I had one second so I didn’t have that much time to think, so I had to shoot it so I’m just grateful it went in.”
The Pistons are 19-19-3 against the spread. They failed to cover in four consecutive games before rebounding with three covers from their last four games. However, the lack of consistency is worrying for bettors.
Spurs Defense Nowhere To Be Found
The Spurs‘ defense is terrible and there’s no other way to describe it.
They rank 30th in points allowed per game, field goal percentage, and three-point percentage. They have allowed totals of 130, 115, 126, 139, and 117 in their last five games, which isn’t NBA level.
It’s a big concern for bettors taking the -2 at the sportsbook. However, they have shown glimpses of form. They defeated the Knicks last week 122-115 when covering the +4½ spread, but it was followed by three consecutive losses.
“One of the key points to winning was just being physical because they are a really physical team,” San Antonio guard Romeo Langford said. “You’ve to praise Keldon, Stanley (Johnson) and Jeremy (Sochan) for carrying the load against Randle tonight. I felt like they were very physical, they were fouling, but at least they weren’t making it easy for him. That just carried over for everybody else to be physical.”
Despite being 12-26, they’re not last in their division (Houston Rockets), so things could be worse. They are marginally better at home with a 7-13 record compared to 5-13 on the road, so there are some positives if you look hard enough.
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Pistons vs Spurs Head-to-Head
The Pistons won the last meeting 117-116 in January last year. However, prior to that, the Spurs had covered the spread in four consecutive games.
The Spurs have a 6-4 ATS record from their last 10 against the Pistons, who are 0-4 ATS in their last four games in San Antonio.
Pistons vs Spurs Game Information
- Game: Pistons (11-30) vs Spurs (12-26)
- Day/Time: Friday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m. ET
- Location: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
- Pistons vs Spurs Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
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Pistons vs Spurs Picks & Prediction
The Pistons are playing better basketball, but scoring consecutive wins isn’t in their DNA. Therefore, we think this will be a letdown spot for the visitors.
Take the Spurs to score a win at home, as all they need to do is play better defense. It’s easier said than done, but the coaching staff should drill it into them.
The NBA odds are worth taking and we also like under 236½.
San Antonio is listed at -120 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Spurs, there’s a chance to win $83. Detroit is +100, offering a chance to win $100 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives San Antonio a 54.55% chance to win, with the Pistons at 50.00%.
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