San Antonio Spurs at Detroit Pistons - 1/1/22 NBA Picks and Prediction
Detroit Pistons (5-28) vs San Antonio Spurs (14-19)
Game Info: Saturday, January 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)
Betting Odds: Detroit Pistons +4.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs invade Little Caesars Arena to do battle with the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.
The San Antonio Spurs have been in decent form as they’ve split their last eight games, but they will be hoping to snap a two-game skid after getting routed by the Grizzlies in a 118-105 road loss on Friday. Jakob Poeltl, Derrick White and Bryn Forbes each scored 15 points while Tyus Jones chipped in with 13 points off the bench. As a team, the Spurs shot 43 percent from the field and 12 of 35 from the 3-point line as they poured in 35 points in the second quarter to keep up with the Grizzlies, only to get blown out in the third quarter where they scored just 18 points to fall behind by as many as 19 points. Doug McDermott scored just six points on two of seven shooting while Keldon Johnson scored just six points on two of 12 shooting.
Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons have been in terrible shape as they’ve lost 18 of their past 19 games overall and they will be hoping to arrest a four-game slide after getting stopped by the Knicks in a 94-85 home loss on Wednesday. Saddiq Bey led the team with 32 points, nine rebounds and three assists, Hamidou Diallo added 31 points with 13 rebounds and four assists, but no other player finished in double figures in scoring. As a team, the Pistons shot just 37 percent from the field and 12 of 35 from the 3-point line as they poured in 30 points in the third quarter to lead by as many as 14 points, before run out of gas in the fourth quarter where they managed just 14 points to allow the Knicks to pull away.
Looking at the betting trends, the Spurs are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. The Pistons are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games playing on two days’ rest.
Head to head, the Spurs are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings overall and the Spurs are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in Detroit.
The Pistons have been banged up for a while now and they will again be without Cade Cunningham, Kelly Olynyk and Frank Jackson, while the Spurs are coming into this one almost at full strength. Theses two teams last met on Monday and it was the Spurs who romped to a 144-109 home win. I’m not expecting such a blowout, but there’s no way I can back the Pistons while they’re in this form. This one should be closer, but I’m sticking with the Spurs to get the job done in this spot.