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Brooklyn NetsDetroit Pistons
8-14December 13, 2013, 07:30 | The Palace of Auburn Hills10-13

The Pistons will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Nets tip off at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday in NBA play.

Detroit will face the 8-14 Nets, who own a 9-13 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Pistons are 16-7 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Nets are 11-10-1 favoring the OVER.

View Brooklyn Nets vs Detroit Pistons Odds and Stats.

For bettors going with the Pistons in this one, they were listed earlier as -5-point Favorite on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 196 for Friday at shops such as 5Dimes.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Pistons at No. 19 and the Nets at No. 29 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 91-86 result in favor of the Pistons.

Brooklyn won its last outing, a 102-93 result against the Clippers on December 12. The Nets covered in that game as a 1-point underdog, while the 195 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Nets grabbed a 102-93 win over the Clippers on Thursday, behind a 21-point effort from Joe Johnson at Barclays Center.

The Pistons were a 111-106 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Pelicans. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (217) made winners of OVER bettors. The Pistons got a 28-point performance from Greg Monroe, who added 10 rebounds, but New Orleans still ran past Detroit 111-106 on Wednesday at New Orleans Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Detroit's No. 15-ranked offense (99.39 PPG) against a Nets defense that ranks No. 22 at 101.59 PPG. The Pistons have averaged 45.02% from the field per game, more than the Nets have managed so far this season (43.7% on average).

A few Nets at Pistons trends to consider:
Brooklyn is 5-12-1 SU in its last 18 games
Brooklyn is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Brooklyn is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Detroit
Brooklyn is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Detroit's last 8 games
Detroit is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Brooklyn home to Philadelphia, Monday, December 16th
Detroit home to Portland, Sunday, December 15th