Indiana Pacers vs Detroit Pistons Prediction NBA Picks 3/20/24

Detroit Pistons (12-56) vs Indiana Pacers (38-32)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)

Betting Odds: Detroit Pistons +8.5 -- Over/Under: 237 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Little Caesars Arena. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Indiana Pacers vs Detroit Pistons prediction.

Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers have been in decent shape as they've won four of their last seven games overall, but they are looking to bounce back in this spot after falling just short to the Cavaliers in a disappointing 108-103 loss on Monday. Pascal Siakam led the team with 19 points and 12 rebounds on nine of 18 shooting, Tyrese Haliburton tallied 14 points with 12 assists while Myles Turner chipped in with 12 points. As a team, the Pacers shot 46 percent from the field and nine of 38 from the 3-point line as they stormed out of the gates to an early 15-point lead, but they couldn't maintain that pace and let their hard work go to waste in the third quarter where they leaked 36 points to fall behind by as many as 10 points.

Detroit Pistons

Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons have been in a rut lately as they've lost seven of their last 10 games overall and they will be hoping to put an end to a three-game skid after getting run over by the Celtics in a 119-94 road defeat on Monday. Jaden Ivey led the team with 21 points, five rebounds and five assists, James Wiseman added 12 points off the bench while Malachi Flynn chipped in with 11 points off the bench. As a team, the Pistons shot just 42 percent from the field and nine of 29 from the 3-point line as they struggled to keep pace with the Celtics from the start, scoring just 18 points in the second quarter to fall behind by double digits early and things only got worse in the third quarter where they got outscored by 33-20 to trailby as many as 29 points at one stage.

Detroit Pistons Player Facts

  • Jalen Duren ranks 1st in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for rebounds per game (11.9) this season.

Indiana Pacers Player Facts

  • Tyrese Haliburton ranks 1st amongst qualified players for assists per game (11.3) this season.
  • Aaron Nesmith ranks 2nd in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for 3P% (44.0%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • 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).
  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for points per game this season (122.8).
  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for assists per game this season (30.5).

Pacers vs Pistons prediction

The Pacers could be shorthanded again with Bennedict Mathurin still out and Doug McDermott listed as questionable. The Pacers were on a nice run before they got stopped in their tracks in a close loss to the Cavaliers on Monday, while the Pistons have continued their downward spiral and they just got smashed by the Celtics in a bad loss on Monday. The line is hefty for this one, but it really is either the Pacers or nothing for this one as the Pistons don't have much to play for at this stage of the season and it shows as they're just trying different lineups for fun at this point.

 

Peter’s Pick Indiana -8.5

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