Pistons at Celtics Prediction - NBA Picks 2/15/23

Boston Celtics (41-16) vs Detroit Pistons (15-43)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Celtics -8.5 -- Over/Under: 230.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Detroit Pistons and the Boston Celtics collide at the TD Garden on Wednesday night.

The Detroit Pistons have been in a rut as they’ve lost four of their last five games overall and they will be hoping to bounce back after coming up painfully short to the Raptors in a 119-118 road loss on Sunday. Alec Burks led the team with 21 points off the bench, Jaden Ivey and Hamidou Diallo each scored 18 points while Isaiah Stewart chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Pistons shot 50 percent from the field and 13 of 34 from the 3-point line as they kept pace with the Raptors in a tight contest until the third quarter where they fell behind by 14 points which proved to be just too much to overcome as they ran out of time in the end.

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have been in pretty good shape as they’ve won six of their last eight games overall, but they will be looking to bounce back in this one after having their four-game win streak snapped by the Bucks in a 131-125 overtime road loss last night. Derrick White led the team with 27 points and 12 assists on 10 of 24 shooting, Malcolm Brogdon added 26 points off the bench while Mike Muscala chipped in with 18 points. As a team, the Celtics shot 46 percent from the field and 17 of 50 from the 3-point line as they wasted a 14-point lead in the first half, which came back to bite them in the end as the Bucks tied up the game before sending it to overtime where the Celtics managed just nine points to allow the Bucks to slip away.

Looking at the betting trends, the Pistons are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games against a team above .600. The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games, 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games playing on zero days rest and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. 

Head to head, the over is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings in Boston, the Pistons are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall and the Pistons are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Boston. 

The Pistons will be shorthanded again as Nerlens Noel and Marvin Bagley are both still out, while the Celtics will again be missing Jaylen Brown and Derrick White, but they should have Marcus Smart back in the lineup which would be a real boost for the banged up Celtics. The Pistons have been good enough to hang around against the lesser teams in the league this season, but they are only 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games against a team above .600 and I think that trend continues here as the Celtics prove to be too tough to beat at home once again.

Peter’s Pick Boston -8.5

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