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Rockets vs Pistons Betting Preview

Detroit PistonsHouston Rockets
23-35March 01, 2014, 08:00 | Toyota Center39-19

The Rockets will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Pistons tip off at Toyota Center on Saturday in NBA play.

The Rockets sit at 39-19 (30-25-3 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Pistons are currently 23-35 (26-32 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Houston is 26-30-2 OU, and Detroit is 41-17 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Detroit Pistons vs Houston Rockets Odds and Stats.

This game pits the Rockets, currently No. 8 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Pistons, who rate No. 21 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 99-93 victory for the Rockets.

In their last action, Detroit was a 120-110 loser on the road against the Spurs. They covered the 10.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (230) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Josh Smith scored 24 points in a failed effort to lead the Pistons to victory (they lost 120-110 to San Antonio at AT&T Center on Wednesday).

Houston was a 101-93 loser in its last match on the road against the Clippers. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 194 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Dwight Howard poured in 23 points and chipped in with 11 rebounds in a losing cause for Houston on Wednesday, as the Clippers rolled to a 101-93 victory over Houston at STAPLES Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Houston's No. 3-ranked offense (106.22 PPG) against a Pistons defense that ranks No. 26 at 103.48 PPG. The Rockets have averaged 47.44% from the field per game, more than the Pistons have managed so far this season (44.99% on average).

Next up:
Detroit home to New York, Monday, March 3rd
Houston home to Miami, Tuesday, March 4th