NBA Wednesday Preview
Detroit Pistons at Indiana Pacers
Wednesday, March 8, 8 p.m. (ET) ESPN
NBA Pointspread: Indiana -3.5
Total Line: 205
The Pistons are coming off a huge 109-95 victory against Chicago on Monday night as six-point home favorites to keep them tied with the Bulls for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference standings. They have now won five of their last seven games both straight-up and against the spread to improve to 31-32 both ways on the year. The total stayed UNDER closing 204.5-point line in Monday’s win and it has stayed UNDER in nine of their last 13 contests.
Detroit got a solid performance from its entire lineup against Chicago with six different players ending the night in double figures. Reggie Jackson led the way with 26 points while going 11-for-16 from the field. The Pistons shot 48.9 percent from the floor and they outrebounded Chicago 48-37. On the year, Detroit is averaging 102.1 points per game, while holding opponents to 102.1 points at the other end of the court.
Indiana is just a game ahead of the Pistons in the East at 32-31 SU (29-34 ATS). With Monday’s 100-88 loss to Charlotte on the road as a 4.5-point underdog with BetAnySports, it has just three SU victories in its last 12 games. The Pacers have failed to cover in half of those 12 outings and the total has stayed UNDER in their last eight games. They are 21-10 SU at home on the year with a 16-15 record ATS.
Paul George did his part on Monday night with a game-high 36 points while pulling down 10 rebounds, but it still was not enough to overcome a slow start out of the gate that resulted in a 21-point deficit at the half. Indiana has the slight edge on the scoreboard in Wednesday’s matchup with 104.9 PPG, but it is allowing an average of 105.9 points on defense.