Pistons vs Celtics Prediction NBA Picks 3/18/24

Boston Celtics (52-14) vs Detroit Pistons (12-53)

Game Info: Monday, March 18, 2024 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Celtics -15.5 -- Over/Under: 225 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics meet Monday in NBA action at the TD Garden. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Detroit Pistons vs Boston Celtics prediction.

Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons have been in decent form lately as they've split their last six games overall, but they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling painfully short to the Heat in a 104-101 loss last night. Evan Fournier led the team with 18 points on six of 14 shooting, Cade Cunningham added 17 points with nine assists while Simone Fontecchio chipped in with 13 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. As a team, the Pistons shot 45 percent from the field and 14 of 36 from the 3-point line as they showed plenty of fight to claw their way back from a 17-point deficit to tie the game with just 42 seconds left on the clock, only to fall victim to a game-winning 30-footer from the Heat's Bam Adebayo who stole the game right at the buzzer.

Boston Celtics

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have been on fire as they've won 16 of their last 18 games overall and they will be eager to stay hot after blowing past the lowly Wizards in a 130-104 road win last night. Jayson Tatum led the team with 30 points, six rebounds and six assists, Sam Hauser drained 10 3-pointers to finish with 30 points in just 23 minutes of action while Al Horford and Payton Pritchard scored 14 points apiece. As a team, the Celtics shot 49 percent from the field and a sizzling 24 of 50 from the 3-point line as they caught fire right away and were always in complete control after outscoring the Wizards by an incredible 81-53 in the first half. The Celtics dominated this one from the start, leading by as many as 36 points at one stage which allowed them to rest all their starters early. The Celtics will take on the Bucks, Pistons, and Bulls after this one.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for point differential per game this season (+11.4).
  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for rebounds per game this season (46.8).
  • 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 (8.9).

Detroit Pistons vs Boston Celtics prediction

The Pistons will be shorthanded again with Quentin Grimes and Ausar Thompson both listed on the injury report, while the Celtics could again be without Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and Kristaps Porzingis. This is a game where you want to check the lineups before tipoff, but the Celtics are still the heavy favorites and they were able to rest their starters early after taking care of business against the lowly Wizards last night, so I'm sticking with the Celtics to get the big win and cover at home against this Pistons squad who have nothing to play for at this stage of the season.

Peter’s Pick Boston -15.5

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