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Pistons open as NBA underdog vs Celtics

Boston CelticsDetroit Pistons
Jan 20, 7:30 PM | The Palace of Auburn Hills

Boston Celtics vs Detroit Pistons Odds

20-19TEAM RECORD14-25

The visiting Celtics hope to send their backers to the pay window on Sunday as they look to cover the spread at The Palace of Auburn Hills against the Pistons.

The Pistons bring a 14-25 record (17-22 ATS) to the battle against the 20-19 Celtics, who are 15-21-3 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Detroit go 17-21-1 so far and the Celtics go 18-20-1. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Boston vs Detroit Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened this morning as 3-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 188 at BetOnline and other shops.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Pistons, currently No. 12 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Celtics, who rate No. 20 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 95-94 victory for the Celtics.

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How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Detroit's No. 9-rated squad against Boston's No. 30-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Detroit rates No. 22 in the league with 6.3 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 28 with 5.5 per outing.

Defensively, the Celtics feature the league's No. 14-rated defense on the road, giving up 98.7 points per game. Detroit, meanwhile, comes in at No. 22 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 100-99 loser as they battled the Bulls at home. The Celtics failed to cover in the match as a 2-point favorite, while 199 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Rajon Rondo was dynamite, scoring 30 points and adding 2 rebounds but Chicago still won, 100-99, over Boston on Friday at TD Garden.

Detroit lost its last outing, a 102-87 result against the Knicks on January 17. The Pistons failed to cover in that game as a 5.5-point underdog, while the 189 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Detroit suffered a 102-87 loss against New York on Thursday, getting 22 points from Will Bynum in a losing effort at O2 Arena.

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Cleveland are 5-5
After playing Chicago are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

Detroit Pistons Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing Orlando are 6-4
After playing New York are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

A few Celtics at Pistons trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
Boston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Boston's last 12 games when playing on the road against Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Detroit's last 12 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Detroit's last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing Boston

Next up:
Boston at Cleveland, Tuesday, January 22
Detroit home to Orlando, Tuesday, January 22