Indiana Pacers vs. Detroit Pistons - 10/23/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Indiana Pacers vs. Detroit Pistons - 10/23/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Pistons (0-0) at Indiana Pacers (0-0)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

The Line: Indiana Pacers -3.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Detroit Pistons are coming off a 41-win season and hope to make the playoffs back-to-back years for the first time since the Flip Saunders days. The Pistons bring back the core that led them to the postseason in Blake Griffin, Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond, and getting a healthy Griffin this time around should be a much needed boost. The signing of Derrick Rose could pay off in a big way if he can build on what he did last season for the Minnesota Timberwolves, as he was finally healthy an averaged 18 points on 48.2 percent shooting. The Detroit Pistons must make the playoffs for this season to be a success. The Detroit Pistons have lost six of their last eight road games.

The Indiana Pacers have made the playoffs four straight seasons and enter this year as a dark horse East contender. The Pacers were one of the busier teams this offseason by bringing in Malcolm Brogdon, TJ Warren and Jeremy Lamb, three key rotation guys that make Indiana deeper and more effective. Victor Oladipo will still likely miss half the season as he recovers from a knee injury, but the Pacers are still la dangerous team as is and can go toe-to-toe with any team in the Eastern Conference at full force. The Indiana Pacers are a team to keep a close eye on this season and can make some serious noise. The Indiana Pacers have won five of their last eight home games.

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The Pistons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Pacers are 36-14-2 ATS in their last 52 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Pistons are 1-8 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Indiana and 4-10 ATS in the last 14 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Pacers last 7 home games. The over is 16-7 in Pistons last 23 vs. Eastern Conference.

The Detroit Pistons may be the healthier team as we enter the season, but even without Oladipo, the Indiana Pacers are the better and more consistent team. The Pacers were feisty and a tough out even when Oladipo went down, but now they added many rotation pieces to where they don't have to rely on Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis as much. I pegged the Pacers as the surprise team to watch last season and they're even bette than they were a year ago. I'll gladly lay the bucket. 

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Randy’s Pick Indiana Pacers -3.5

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