Houston Rockets at Detroit Pistons - 12/18/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Detroit Pistons (4-23) vs Houston Rockets (9-20)
Game Info: Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)
Betting Odds: Detroit Pistons -1.5 -- Over/Under: 215 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Houston Rockets and the Detroit Pistons duke it out at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Houston Rockets have been in a rut as they’ve lost four of their past five games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after getting stopped by the Knicks in a 116-103 home loss on Thursday. Daniel Theis led the team with 22 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks, Jae’Sean Tate added 20 points with six assists while Garrison Matthews chipped in with 17 points. As a team, the Rockets shot 50 percent from the field and 11 of 32 from the 3-point line as they worked their way back into the contest after allowing 39 points in the first quarter, only to get blown out in the fourth quarter where they were outscored by 32-21. Eric Gordon had a night to forget as he scored just five points on two of eight shooting.
Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons have been in terrible form as they’ve lost 13 in a row as they will be hoping to bounce back after getting dropped by the Pacers in a 122-113 road loss on Thursday. Saddiq Bey led the team with 28 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, Cade Cunningham added 19 points with six rebounds and four assists while Frank Jackson chipped in with 18 points off the bench. As a team, the Pistons shot 49 percent from the field and seven of 25 from the 3-point line, but their problems were on the defensive end as they were always fighting an uphill battle after allowing 70 points in the first half. Isaiah Stewart finished with just nine points on two of seven shooting while Killian Hayes scored just two points in 29 minutes of action.
Looking at the betting trends, the Rockets are 17-38 ATS in their last 55 games against a team with a losing record and 9-3 AT Sin their last 12 games overall. The Pistons are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games following a loss and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games.
Head to head, the over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Detroit and the Rockets are 1-8 ATS in the last nine meetings overall.
The Pistons will be shorthanded once again as Jerami Grant remains out, but that’s nothing compared to the Rockets who are already without Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green, while Christian Wood and Armoni Brooks are both listed as questionable. This is a tough game to pick as both teams have been ice-cold lately, but with the Rockets’ long list of injuries, I’m reluctantly going with the Pistons to get the win at home.