Pistons open as NBA underdog vs Heat
Detroit Pistons vs Miami Heat Odds
The Heat will try to pay off for their supporters on Friday when they play host to the Pistons at AmericanAirlines Arena in NBA wagering action.
The Heat sport records of 27-12 and 19-20 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Pistons sit at 16-26 and 20-22 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 18-21 for the Heat and 19-22-1 for the Pistons. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 13-rated Pistons taking on the No. 9-rated Heat in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 103-97 win for the Heat on Friday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Miami's No. 5-ranked offense (102.6 PPG) against a Pistons defense that ranks No. 7 at 95.7 PPG. The Heat have averaged 48.9% from the field per game, more than the Pistons have managed so far this season (44.4% on average).
Defensively, the Pistons feature the league's No. 13-rated defense on the road, giving up 98.6 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 4 in the league in scoring at home.
In their last action, Detroit was an 85-82 loser on the road against the Bulls. They covered the 6.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (167) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Pistons got 13 points from Brandon Knight, but it was Chicago that prevailed in an 85-82 final on Wednesday at United Center.
Last time out for Miami, they were a 123-116 winner as they battled the Raptors at home. The Heat failed to cover in the match as a 10-point favorite, while 239 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Toronto was victimized by Dwyane Wade for 35 points as the Heat defeated the Raptors 123-116 in NBA action on Wednesday.
Detroit Pistons Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Orlando are 7-3
After playing Chicago are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6
Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Boston are 7-3
After playing Toronto are 8-2
After a win are 6-4
A few Pistons at Heat trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Detroit's last 14 games when playing on the road against Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 6 games
Detroit is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Miami
Detroit is 7-16 ATS in its last 23 games when playing Miami
Miami is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Miami is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Detroit
Miami is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Detroit
Miami is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Detroit at Orlando, Sunday, January 27
Miami at Boston, Sunday, January 27