Pistons vs Celtics Prediction - NBA Picks 12/28/23

Boston Celtics (22-6) vs Detroit Pistons (2-27)

Game Info: Thursday, December 28, 2023 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Celtics -16.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Detroit Pistons pay a visit to the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden on Thursday night. Here’s a Pistons vs Celtics Prediction.

Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons have been in dreadful form as they are now hoping to avoid a 28th straight defeat after getting beaten by the Nets in a 118-112 loss on Tuesday. Cade Cunningham led the team with 41 points, nine rebounds and five assists on 15 of 21 shooting, Bojan Bogdanovic added 23 points while Alec Burks chipped in with 15 points off the bench. As a team, the Pistons shot 44 percent from the field and nine of 25 from the 3-point line as they shot out to an early 14-point lead in the first quarter, only to allow the Nets to take back the lead before halftime. The Pistons showed plenty of fight to get back in front late in the game, only to see the Nets take the game away with a crucial 13-0 run in the fourth quarter. The Pistons will meet the Raptors, Rockets, and Jazz after this one.

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 ranks 7th amongst qualified Forwards for three-pointers made Per Game (2.9) this season.

Boston Celtics

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have been in red-hot form as they've won 11 of their last 13 games overall and they will be hoping to build on their three-game win streak after routing the Lakers in a 126-115 road win on Monday. Kristaps Porzingis led the team with 28 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks, Jayson Tatum added 25 points with eight rebounds and seven assists, Jaylen Brown scored 19 points while Derrick White and Jrue Holiday scored 18 points each. As a team, the Celtics shot 50 percent from the field and 13 of 42 from the 3-point line as they went back and forth with the Lakers in a tightly contested first half, before they exploded for 41 points in the third quarter to start to pull away in the end.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for opponent blocks per game this season (3.8).
  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for opponent free throw percentage this season (73.6%).
  • The Pistons rank 30th in the league for opponent steals per game this season (9.0).
  • The Pistons rank 30th in the league for three-point field goals made per game this season (9.9).

Pistons vs Celtics Prediction

The Pistons are still a little shorthanded with Isaiah Stewart still out, while the Celtics are keeping eyes on Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum who are both questionable. The Pistons just can't buy a win these days, but to be fair, they were more than competitive against the Nets on Tuesday and could've gotten over the line if Cunningham got more help from his teammates. In contrast, the Celtics have been on a tear lately and I can see them easily winning this one even if they decide to rest some players. The line is quite hefty, but I'll stick with the Celtics to overpower the lowly Pistons at home in this one.

Peter’s Pick Boston -16.5

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