San Antonio Spurs at Detroit Pistons Pick - Odds and Against the Spread Predictions

January 7, 7:00 PM EST

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Detroit +3.5

The Detroit Pistons (17-20) and the San Antonio Spurs (23-17) will face off in the Motor City on Monday, January 7th for a Western Conference versus Eastern Conference collision. The tip is set for 7:00 PM ET and will be televised on both FSN live from the Little Caesar’s Arena. The Spurs had won six consecutive meetings between both sides before Detroit put that to an end in December of 2017. Most recently, San Antonio was defeated by Detroit on its own court by a score of 93-79, allowing Detroit to pull an outright upset as a five-point underdog. Detroit is presently riding a two-game win streak against the spread when facing the Spurs.

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San Antonio Spurs at Detroit Pistons Overview

San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs enter into this affair on a high note, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies at home by a score of 108-88 as a nine-point favorite on Saturday. The win marks San Antonio's fourth consecutive win and sixth successive cover.

Detroit Pistons

The Pistons enter off a 110-105 loss sustained in Motown on Saturday by the Utah Jazz where Detroit failed to come in as a 3.5-point underdog. The loss marks Detroit’s fourth defeat in its previous five games. Detroit also owns a matching 1-4 ATS record over this five-game sample.

Reasons To Avoid San Antonio

The Spurs are regarded as one of the hottest teams in the NBA at the moment. Generally speaking, when such superlatives come to the surface regarding any team that alters market perception and causes overreactions from the general public. So far we have seen 72% of the general public get aboard San Antonio here with the low-hanging fruit which in itself should raise a red flag. The Spurs are spotting a small number of points to a team that is in relatively bad form with a losing record. This is even the case after San Antonio has been a broken ATM in its last six games which positions the Spurs to be overvalued, to begin with. An upset is likely on the horizon here for the Spurs.

Reasons To Back Detroit

The Pistons have an edge with this being played on home court as the Spurs are a lowly 6-12 SU on the road. Though Detroit plays just above .500 basketball on its own court, they are nonetheless a threat to end the Spurs’ winning streak given San Antonio’s overall road woes. With respect to this narrative, Detroit has beaten the likes of Boston, Golden State, Houston, and Philadelphia in Motown, so it is safe to say that they are up for the challenge here and motivated to earn yet another statement win.

Spurs at Pistons Predictions 01/07/2019

San Antonio loves to shoot the three, and they are the best in the league in doing so hitting 39.8% of their attempts. The bad news is they in a hostile environment against a Detroit club that is the best team in the league in shutting down the three-pointer as they allow opponents to shoot 31.7% from beyond the arc. When you combine this with Detroit's edge on the boards with Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin comprising their frontcourt, Detroit can play this contest on its terms. Pistons outright get the call.

Free Pick: 
Take Detroit +145

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