Pistons vs Rockets Prediction - NBA Picks 1/1/24

Houston Rockets (15-15) vs Detroit Pistons (3-29)

Game Info: Monday, January 1, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)

Betting Odds: Houston Rockets -7.5 -- Over/Under: 228 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Houston Rockets play host to the Detroit Pistons at the Toyota Center on Monday night. Here’s a Rockets vs Pistons Prediction.

Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons will be breathing a major sigh of relief after they snapped a 28-game losing streak with a 129-127 home win over the Raptors on Saturday. Cade Cunningham led the team with 30 points and 12 assists, Bogdan Bogdanovic added 19 points, Jalen Duren scored 18 points with 17 rebounds while Kevin Knox chipped in with 17 points. As a team, the Pistons shot 50 percent from the field and 12 of 28 from the 3-point line as they played great defense in the first half to jump out in front early, before they held off a late rally from the Raptors who cut their 11-point lead to just two points before the clock expired.

Detroit Pistons Player Facts

  • Cade Cunningham ranks 3rd in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for assists per game (7.3) this season.
  • Jalen Duren is one of only 28 players in the league shooting at least 65% from the field this season.

Houston Rockets

Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have been in a real funk lately as they've lost six of their last eight games and they will be hoping to arrest a three-game slide after falling just short to the 76ers in a 131-127 loss on Friday. Fred VanVleet led the team with 33 points and 10 assists on nine of 16 shooting, Jalen Green added 31 points with six rebounds and four assists while Alperen Sengun chipped in with 28 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. As a team, the Rockets shot 53 percent from the field and 14 of 30 from the 3-point line as they got off to a quick start and led for most of the game, only to leak 41 points in the fourth quarter as they had no answer for the 76ers' Tyrese Maxey down the stretch.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Rockets rank 1st in the league for opponent three-point percentage this season (32.5%).
  • The Rockets rank 1st in the league for opponent field goals made per game this season (39.1).
  • The Pistons rank 30th in the league for steals per game this season (6.2).
  • The Pistons rank 30th in the league for opponent steals per game this season (9.1).

Rockets vs Pistons Prediction

The Pistons are going to be without the injured Isaiah Stewart, while the Rockets are keeping eyes on Jabari Smith Jr and Tari Eason who are both listed as questionable. The Pistons will be feeling so much better to snap their historic losing streak with a gritty win over the Raptors in their last outing, but the Rockets provide a much tougher challenge and I don't think the Pistons will be celebrating for too much longer. The Rockets almost took down the 76ers on Friday and I think they get a better result here with a win and cover.

Peter’s Pick Houston -7.5

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