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Pointspread favors Hornets in battle with Pistons

Detroit PistonsNew Orleans Hornets
March 1, 8:00 PM | New Orleans Arena

Detroit Pistons vs New Orleans Hornets Odds

23-37TEAM RECORD20-39

The NBA betting slate features a clash between New Orleans and Detroit on Friday, with the host Hornets trying to win for fans supporting them with their cheers and their money.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Hornets are 20-39 so far on the season, and 31-28 ATS vs. the number. The Pistons, meanwhile, are 23-37 and 28-32 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen New Orleans go 32-27 and the Pistons go 28-31-1 on the totals.

View Detroit vs New Orleans Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened this morning as 6-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 194 at BetOnline and other shops.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Hornets, currently No. 25 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Pistons, who rate No. 17 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 95-93 victory for the Hornets.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New Orleans's No. 23-ranked offense (94.2 PPG) against a Pistons defense that ranks No. 14 at 97.5 PPG. The Hornets have averaged 45.1% from the field per game, more than the Pistons have managed so far this season (44.6% on average).

Defensively, the Pistons feature the league's No. 16-rated defense on the road, giving up 99.7 points per game. New Orleans, meanwhile, comes in at No. 29 in the league in scoring at home.

Detroit won its last outing, a 96-95 result against the Wizards on February 27. The Pistons covered in that game as a 6.5-point underdog, while the 191 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Brandon Knight poured in 32 points for Detroit on Wednesday, as they defeated Washington 96-95 at Verizon Center.

New Orleans was a 119-74 loser in its last match on the road against the Thunder. They failed to cover the 15-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 193 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. New Orleans was run off the court by the Thunder on Wednesday as Oklahoma City blasted them 119-74 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Detroit Pistons Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing San Antonio are 2-8
After playing Washington are 3-7
After a win are 2-8

New Orleans Hornets Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Orlando are 5-5
After playing Oklahoma City are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

A few Pistons at Hornets trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 6 games on the road
Detroit is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Orleans's last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Orleans's last 5 games at home
New Orleans is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games at home

Next up:
Detroit at San Antonio, Sunday, March 3
New Orleans home to Orlando, Monday, March 4