Detroit Pistons at Boston Celtics
Monday, Jan. 30, 8 p.m. (ET) TNT
NBA Pointspread: Boston -6
Total Line: 202
The Pistons fell to 3-5 straight-up in their last eight games with Saturday’s 116-103 loss to Miami as three-point road favorites. They have failed to cover against the spread in six of their last eight games and the total has gone OVER in their last four outings. Detroit is 21-26 SU on the year with a 20-27 record ATS. It is 9-16 ATS on the road and the total has gone OVER in five of its last eight road games.
Detroit’s 100.6 points per game scoring average is ranked 24th in the NBA and it is shooting 45.5 percent from the field. Point guard Reggie Jackson is the team’s leading scorer with 17.2 points per game and with 24 points in Saturday’s loss he has exceeded that total in his last four starts. The Pistons are still one of the better defensive teams in the league with a points-allowed average of 101.6, but they have given up an average of 112.3 points in their last three games.
Boston has put together a three-game winning streak both SU and ATS with Saturday’s 112-108 overtime victory against Milwaukee as a two-point road underdog closing betting line. The total went OVER 217 in that game and it has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in the Celtics’ last six games. They are 29-18 SU overall with a solid 27-19-1 record ATS. The total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in 11 of their last 12 home games.
Isaiah Thomas went off for 37 points in Saturday’s win while going 6-for-11 from three-point range. He leads Boston in scoring with 29.1 PPG which is the second-highest scoring average in the NBA. He also leads the team in assists with 6.3 a game and he is shooting 46.6 percent from the field. Boston also got a strong performance from Jae Crowder against the Bucks with 20 points and six rebounds. The Celtics are sixth in the league in scoring with 108.1 PPG, but they fall to 20th in points allowed (105.7).
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