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Pistons open as NBA underdog vs Celtics

Detroit PistonsBoston Celtics
24-38March 09, 2014, 06:00 | TD Garden21-41

The Celtics hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Sunday as the Pistons pay a visit to TD Garden in NBA betting action.

This season the Celtics are 21-41 overall and 30-31-1 ATS against the number, while the Pistons are 24-38 and 28-34 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Boston is 25-37 on the OU, and Detroit is 43-19.

View Detroit Pistons vs Boston Celtics Odds and Stats.

The Pistons were listed as 2-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 205 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

This game matches up the No. 17 (Celtics) and the No. 20 (Pistons) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 90-89 result in favor of the Pistons is predicted by handicapping models.

In their last action, Detroit was a 114-101 loser on the road against the Timberwolves. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (215) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Detroit got 20 points and 15 rebounds from Greg Monroe in a losing cause in a 114-101 loss to Minnesota on Friday at Target Center.

Boston won its last outing, a 91-84 result against the Nets on March 7. The Celtics covered in that game as a 5-point underdog, while the 175 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Boston earned a 91-84 victory over Brooklyn on Friday, getting 20 points from Rajon Rondo at TD Garden.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Pistons rank No. 7 in the league with 44.97 per game. That compares with Boston’s No. 15 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Boston is the NBA’s No. 24-ranked team at 6.44 per game, while the Pistons rate No. 29 with 5.77 per contest.

A few Pistons at Celtics trends to consider:
Detroit is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Detroit's last 15 games
Detroit is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games on the road
Boston is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Boston is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games
Boston is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games at home

Next up:
Detroit home to Sacramento, Tuesday, March 11th
Boston at Indiana, Tuesday, March 11th