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NBA Game Preview - Pistons underdogs vs Trail Blazers at Detroit

Portland Trail BlazersDetroit Pistons
20-4December 15, 2013, 06:00 | The Palace of Auburn Hills11-13

The Pistons hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Sunday as the Trail Blazers pay a visit to The Palace of Auburn Hills in NBA betting action.

This season the Pistons are 11-13 overall and 11-13 ATS against the number, while the Trail Blazers are 20-4 and 18-6 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Detroit is 17-7 on the OU, and Portland is 17-7.

View Portland Trail Blazers vs Detroit Pistons Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Pistons installed as 2-point underdogs in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 207.5.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Pistons at No. 19 and the Trail Blazers at No. 1 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 101-93 result in favor of the Trail Blazers.

The Trail Blazers were a 139-105 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the 76ers. They covered the 10.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (244) made winners of OVER bettors. Philadelphia was run off the court by the Trail Blazers on Saturday as Portland blasted the 76ers 139-105 at Wells Fargo Center.

Detroit won its last outing, a 103-99 result against the Nets on December 13. The Pistons failed to cover in that game as a 6-point favorite, while the 202 combined points took the game OVER the total. Andre Drummond scored 22 points and chipped in with 13 rebounds for Detroit on Friday, leading the Pistons to a 103-99 victory over Brooklyn at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Detroit's No. 16-ranked offense, averaging 99.54 PPG, against a Trail Blazers defense that ranks No. 19 at 100.29 PPG. The Pistons field goal percentage has averaged 45.1% so far, less than the Trail Blazers shooters have achieved on the year, 46.15% per game.

A few Trail Blazers at Pistons trends to consider:
Portland is 17-2-1 SU in its last 20 games
Portland is 9-1-1 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Portland is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Detroit
Portland is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Detroit
Detroit is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Detroit's last 9 games
Detroit is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Detroit is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Portland at Cleveland, Tuesday, December 17th
Detroit at Indiana, Monday, December 16th