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Pistons Must Shore Up Leaky Defense vs Hawks

The Detroit Pistons’ defense has fallen off a proverbial cliff in the last few weeks, but Stan Van Gundy’s crew will look to fix things on that end of the floor vs the Atlanta Hawks on Friday. The Pistons are mired in a 1-6 stretch that’s seen them allow a brutal 109.4 points per game. Sportsbooks opened the Pistons as 4-point dogs with a total of 203.

Shark Bites
  • The Hawks are 0-8 ATS in their last 8 home games.
  • The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
  • The UNDER is 5-1 in the Hawks’ last 6 home games.

Atlanta has been an up-and-down squad all year long, but offensive issues are starting to get resolved. The Hawks have won six of the last seven games when they’ve scored more than 100 points, and Dwight Howard is a big reason why.

The big man is 15-for-18 from the field in Atlanta’s past two games while averaging 18 points and 17 rebounds in those tilts. Howard sits behind Andre Drummond in rebounds per game (13.3) and ranks among the NBA leaders in field goal percentage (64.7 percent).

The Pistons hammered Atlanta 121-85 on December 2 in the last meeting between the clubs, but are just 4-9 since then. OVER bettors are profiting when the Hawks and Pistons collide, as the OVER is 5-1 in their previous six matchups.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those looking to pick the visitors as their prediction to cover in this one found the Detroit Pistons listed as 4-point underdogs earlier at BetOnline. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER total betting line for this game was set at 203 at Bovada but may have moved since the betting odds opened.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Hawks to win this game 105-97. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Detroit Pistons vs Atlanta Hawks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Atlanta battles the Detroit Pistons, currently with a 15-19 mark (16-18 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals betting, are 12-19-1 for the Atlanta Hawks and 13-21 for the Detroit Pistons. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Atlanta vs Detroit injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 29 (Atlanta Hawks) and the No. 10 (Pistons) teams in the league, according to our current NBA betting Power Rankings at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Atlanta's No. 22-ranked offense averaging 101.84 PPG, against a Detroit Pistons defense that ranks No. 4 at 98.5 PPG. The Atlanta Hawks field goal percentage has averaged 45.4% so far, more than the Detroit Pistons shooters have achieved on the year, 44.91% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Detroit was run off the court by the Bucks on Wednesday as Milwaukee blasted them 119-94 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Hawks got 27 points from Dennis Schroder as Atlanta ran past New York 102-98 on Wednesday at Philips Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Detroit is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Detroit is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Detroit's last 13 games
  • Detroit is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games on the road
  • Atlanta is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games
  • Atlanta is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games
  • Atlanta is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Detroit at Miami, Sunday, January 1st
Atlanta home to San Antonio, Sunday, January 1st