Jazz vs Pistons Prediction - NBA Picks 12/21/23

Detroit Pistons (2-25) vs Utah Jazz (10-17)

Game Info: Thursday, December 21, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)

Betting Odds: Detroit Pistons +1.5 -- Over/Under: 238 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Utah Jazz pay a visit to the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday night. Here’s a Jazz vs Pistons Prediction.

Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz have shown signs of life lately as they had won three of four games, before getting dropped by the Cavaliers in a 124-116 road loss last night. Lauri Markkanen led the team with 26 points and 10 rebounds, Collin Sexton added 20 points, Talen Horton-Tucker tallied 19 poitns with 11 assists while John Collins chipped in with 16 points fof the bench. As a team, the Jazz shot 51 percent from the field and 13 of 30 from the 3-point line as they poured in 37 points in the third quarter to take the lead after trailing for most of the contest, only to allow the Cavaliers to open the fourth quarter with a pivotal 16-2 run to slip away in the end.

Detroit Pistons

Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons have continued their downward spiral this season as they are now looking to put an end to a 24-game losing streak after getting beaten by the Hawks in a 130-124 road loss on Monday. Cade Cunningham led the team with 43 points and seven assists on 16 of 24 shooting, Bojan Bogdanovic added 25 points on nine of 17 shooting while Jaden Ivey tallied 15 points with eight rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Pistons shot 51 percent from the field and nine of 22 from the 3-point line, but they never led in this one as they leaked 38 points in the first quarter to fall behind by 16 points early.

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Detroit Pistons Player Facts

  • Cade Cunningham ranks 3rd in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for assists per game (7.0) this season.
  • Bojan Bogdanovic is one of only 11 qualified players to have made a three in every game this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pistons rank 30th in the league for point differential per game this season (-11.9).
  • The Pistons rank 30th in the league for three-point percentage this season (33.2%).
  • The Jazz rank 30th in the league for turnovers per game this season (17.0).
  • The Jazz rank 30th in the league for opponent three-point field goals made per game this season (14.6).

Jazz vs Pistons Prediction

The Jazz are still without Jordan Clarkson and Keyonte George, while the Pistons are are still missing Monte Morris and Jalen Duren. The Jazz started to turn things around before last night's loss to the Cavaliers which is more than I can say about the Pistons who are riding a horrible 24-game losing streak. It's always tough playing the second game of a back to back set on the road, but surely the Jazz will be good enough to get past these Pistons who just can't buy a win these days. This could be a close one, but with the line so short, I'm happy to take the Jazz to pile on the misery for the Pistons here.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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