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Thomas is Lifting Celtics to New Heights

It took them three and a half months, but the Boston Celtics have finally grabbed the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference thanks in large part to the recent struggles of their Atlantic Division rivals, the Toronto Raptors. The Celts will look to collect their fourth straight win when they welcome the Detroit Pistons to town tonight.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Pistons' last seven games on the road against the Celtics.
  • The Celtics are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games at home.
  • The Pistons are 3-9 SU in their last 12 games after winning the previous game in a matchup.

The heroics of Isaiah Thomas are a major reason for Boston’s rise up the standings. The diminutive point guard is now second in franchise history with 31 straight games of 20 or more points after finishing with 37 in a 112-108 overtime triumph over Milwaukee on Saturday. Only Hall of Famer John Havlicek owns a longer streak than Thomas (40 games).

Detroit will be attempting to avoid suffering its third straight loss after falling to the lowly Sacramento Kings and Miami Heat. The Pistons were one of the better defensive teams in the league in the first two months of the campaign but have been declining in a major way on that end of the floor lately. Stan Van Gundy’s crew allowed the Heat to shoot a scorching 53.2 percent from the floor – including 14 of 28 from downtown – in Saturday’s setback.

Totals bettors need to pay attention to Boston. The Celts have gone above the closing total in a phenomenal 17 of their last 20 affairs.

Detroit Pistons vs Boston Celtics Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Boston Celtics are 29-18 so far on the NBA season, and 27-19-1 ATS vs the spread betting line. The Detroit Pistons, meanwhile, are 21-26 and 20-27 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Boston go 26-20-1 and the Pistons go 23-24 on the total. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Boston vs Detroit injuries news.

The Odds Shark betting Power Rankings have the Boston Celtics at No. 3 and the Detroit Pistons at No. 28 heading into this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Boston's No. 6-ranked offense averaging 108.13 PPG, against a Detroit Pistons defense that ranks No. 6 at 101.64 PPG. The Boston Celtics field goal percentage has averaged 45.52% so far, more than the Detroit Pistons shooters have achieved on the year, 45.46% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Pistons endured a 116-103 loss at the hands of the Heat on Saturday, despite a 24-point effort from Reggie Jackson at American Airlines Arena.

Isaiah Thomas poured in 37 points for Boston on Saturday, as they defeated Milwaukee 112-108 at Bradley Center.

Betting Trends
  • Detroit is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games
  • Detroit is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Boston is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Boston is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 17 of Boston's last 20 games
  • Boston is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Detroit home to New Orleans, Wednesday, February 1st
Boston home to Toronto, Wednesday, February 1st