Miami Heat at Detroit Pistons - 12/19/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Miami Heat at Detroit Pistons - 12/19/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Pistons (4-24) vs Miami Heat (18-12)

Game Info: Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 6:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)

Betting Odds: Detroit Pistons +5.5 -- Over/Under: 204 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Detroit Pistons play host to the Miami Heat at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday night.

The Miami Heat have been in decent shape as they’ve won four of their past five games and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after taking down the slumping Magic in a 115-105 road win on Friday. Max Strus drained eight 3-pointers to lead the team with 32 points on 11 of 15 shooting, Gabe Vincent added 27 points on 10 of 20 shooting, PJ Tucker added 15 points while Kyle Lowry chipped in with 11 points and 15 assists. As a team, the Heat shot 50 percent from the field and 19 of 35 from the 3-point line as they went on a ferocious 26-4 run in the first quarter to overcome an early 10-point deficit, before pulling away in the fourth quarter where they led by as many as 18 points.  

Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons have been in terrible form as they will be hoping to put an end to a 14-game losing streak after getting beaten by the Rockets in a 116-107 home loss on Saturday. Saddiq Bey led the team with 23 points on nine of 16 shooting, Cade Cunningham added 21 points with seven rebounds and 11 assists while Isaiah Stewart chipped in with 16 points on seven of nine shooting. As a team, the Pistons shot 46 percent from the field and just 10 of 36 from the 3-point line as they fell behind by double-digits early after allowing 38 points in the first quarter and they never got to within single digits until the final seconds of the game.  

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Looking at the betting trends, the Heat are 5-0 ATS in their last five Sunday games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The Pistons are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Sunday games and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games against a team with a winning record.

Head to head, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings overall.

The Heat will once again be without Jimmy Butler for this one and Tyler Herro is listed as day to day so the Heat will have to rely on players like Vincent and Strus to step up once again. The Pistons have been the worst team in the league, they must be low on confidence after losing 14 in a row and they just lost to a depleted Rockets team.  It’s hard to back a team missing so many key players, but I think the Heat still have more than enough firepower to get the job done here.

 

 

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