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Heat face Pistons: NBA odds preview

Miami HeatDetroit Pistons
48-22March 28, 2014, 07:30 | The Palace of Auburn Hills26-45

The Detroit Pistons host Miami on Friday, looking to build on their 26-45 mark against the 48-22 Heat in NBA action at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Supporters of the Heat have seen them go 48-22 and 33-36-1 ATS so far this season, while the Pistons are at 26-45 and 32-39 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Pistons are 47-24, while the Heat are 39-31.View Miami Heat vs Detroit Pistons Odds and Stats.

This game pits the Pistons, currently No. 24 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Heat, who rate No. 17 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 98-91 victory for the Heat.

Last time out for Miami, they were an 84-83 loser as they battled the Pacers on the road. The Heat covered in the match as a 1.5-point underdog, while 167 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. LeBron James chucked in 38 points for Miami on Wednesday, but they still came up short in losing 84-83 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Pistons were a 97-96 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Cavaliers. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as favorites, while the total score (193) made winners of UNDER bettors. Detroit suffered a 97-96 loss against Cleveland on Wednesday, getting 24 points from Josh Smith in a losing effort at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Detroit's No. 16-ranked offense, averaging 100.89 PPG, against a Heat defense that ranks No. 7 at 98.27 PPG. The Pistons field goal percentage has averaged 44.94% so far, less than the Heat shooters have achieved on the year, 50.44% per game.

A few Heat at Pistons trends to consider:
Miami is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games
Miami is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Miami is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Miami is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Detroit
Detroit is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Detroit is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Detroit is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 17 of Detroit's last 25 games at home

Next up:
Miami at Milwaukee, Saturday, March 29th
Detroit at Philadelphia, Saturday, March 29th