Boston Celtics at Detroit Pistons - 2/26/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Boston Celtics at Detroit Pistons - 2/26/22 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Pistons (14-45) vs Boston Celtics (35-26)

Game Info: Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 12:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)

Betting Odds: Detroit Pistons +10.5 -- Over/Under: 215 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons duke it out at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The Boston Celtics have been on fire as they’ve won 10 of their last 11 games overall and they will be looking to stay hot after making light work of the depleted Nets in a 129-106 road win on Thursday. Jayson Tatum led the team with 30 points, seven rebounds and four assists, Jaylen Brown added 18 points with six assists, Marcus Smart added 15 points with six assists while Al Horford chipped in with 11 points and 13 rebounds. As a team, the Celtics shot a healthy 54 percent from the field and 17 of 42 from the 3-point line as they dominated right from the start and poured in 35 points in the first quarter to take the early double-digit lead, before going on another run in the third quarter to push the lead out to 29 points.  

Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons have lost 12 of their past 15 games overall, but they will be aiming for a season-high third straight victory after outlasting the Cavaliers in a 106-103 home win on Thursday. Hamidou Diallo led the team in scoring with 21 points off the bench, Cade Cunningham added 17 points with six assists while Jerami Grant and Marvin Bagley each scored 16 points. As a team, the Pistons shot just 40 percent from the field and 11 of 34 from the 3-point line as they squandered an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter, but they won behind their defense as they stopped the Cavaliers on their final four possessions to escape with the upset win.   

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Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games, 8-24-1 ATS in their last 33 games following a win of more than 10 points and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Pistons are 15-37-2 ATS in their last 54 games following a win and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Head to head, the under is 7-2-1 in the last 10 meetings in Detroit, the Celtics are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Detroit and the Celtics are 0-6 ATS in the last six meetings overall.

The Celtics have quietly been one of the hottest teams in the league lately so it’s no surprise that they’ve opened as heavy favorites in this one. The Pistons have been struggling all season, but they’ve come to life with two upset wins and they’ve already beaten the Celtics by 112-111 just before the All-Star break. The line is quite hefty, but I like the Celtics to maintain their momentum with a big win and cover in this one.

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Peter’s Pick Boston -10.5

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