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76ers visit Pistons in hoops battle

Philadelphia 76ersDetroit Pistons
6-11December 01, 2013, 03:30 | The Palace of Auburn Hills6-10

The Pistons will be trying to slam the 76ers on Sunday when the teams tip off at The Palace of Auburn Hills in NBA betting action.

The 76ers will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 9-8 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Pistons are 7-9 ATS. Philadelphia is 12-5 against the total, while Detroit is 10-6 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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The visitors opened this morning as 9.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 207.5 at BetOnline and other shops.

This game pits the Pistons, currently No. 15 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the 76ers, who rate No. 27 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 93-89 victory for the Pistons.

Philadelphia lost its last outing, a 121-105 result against the Pelicans on November 29. The 76ers failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point underdog, while the 226 combined points took the game OVER the total. Philadelphia got 24 points from Tony Wroten but lost anyway 121-105 against the Pelicans on Friday at Wells Fargo Center.

Detroit lost its last outing, a 106-102 result against the Lakers on November 29. The Pistons failed to cover in that game as a 5.5-point favorite, while the 208 combined points took the game OVER the total. Rodney Stuckey scored 22 points in a failed effort to lead the Pistons to victory (they lost 106-102 to Los Angeles at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday).

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Detroit's No. 18-ranked offense, averaging 98.25 PPG, against a 76ers defense that ranks No. 30 at 109.76 PPG. The Pistons field goal percentage has averaged 45.29% so far, more than the 76ers shooters have achieved on the year, 44.9% per game.

A few 76ers at Pistons trends to consider:
Philadelphia is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games
Philadelphia is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Philadelphia's last 9 games on the road
Detroit is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games
Detroit is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Detroit's last 20 games
Detroit is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Philadelphia home to Orlando, Tuesday, December 3rd
Detroit at Miami, Tuesday, December 3rd