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NBA Game Preview - Pistons underdogs vs Celtics at Detroit

Boston CelticsDetroit Pistons
Feb 19, 6:00 PM | The Palace of Auburn Hills

Boston Celtics vs Detroit Pistons Odds

15-14TEAM RECORD10-22

Detroit looks to cover the Pistons-Celtics pointspread on Sunday and improve its overall 10-22 mark when they host Boston in NBA action.

The Pistons sit at 10-22 (14-17-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Celtics are currently 15-14 (13-16 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Detroit is 18-14 OU, and Boston is 12-17 OU.

View Boston vs Detroit Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Pistons installed as 4.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks at 183.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 29 (Pistons) and the No. 19 (Celtics) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 93-83 result in favor of the Celtics is predicted by handicapping models.

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How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Detroit's No. 27-rated squad against Boston's No. 30-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Detroit rates No. 26 in the league with 4.3 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 21 with 5.8 per outing.

Defensively, the Celtics feature the league's No. 11-rated defense on the road, allowing 94.3 points per game. Detroit, meanwhile, comes in at No. 25 in the league in scoring at home.

Boston lost its last outing, an 89-80 result against the Bulls on February 16. The Celtics failed to cover in that game as a 7.5-point underdog, while the 169 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Celtics endured an 89-80 loss at the hands of the Bulls on Thursday, despite an 18 -point effort from Kevin Garnett at United Center.

Last time out for Detroit, they were a 114-108 winner as they battled the Kings at home. The Pistons covered in the match as a 2.5-point favorite, while 222 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Pistons got a 36-point performance from Rodney Stuckey as Detroit handed Sacramento a 114-108 defeat on Friday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing Dallas are 7-3
After playing Chicago are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

Detroit Pistons Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing Cleveland are 1-9
After playing Sacramento are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

A few Celtics at Pistons trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 8 games when playing Detroit
Boston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Detroit
Boston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston's last 10 games when playing on the road against Detroit
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Detroit's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games at home
Detroit is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Detroit's last 8 games when playing Boston

Next up:
Boston at Dallas, Monday, February 20
Detroit at Cleveland, Tuesday, February 21

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