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Trail Blazers host Pistons in basketball action

Detroit PistonsPortland Trail Blazers
2-3November 11, 2013, 10:00 | Rose Garden4-2

Detroit pays a visit to Portland on Monday, hoping to send the Trail Blazers to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at Rose Garden.

The Pistons will try to spoil to the party on Monday; they are 3-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Trail Blazers are 4-2 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). Detroit is 4-1 on the totals; Portland is 3-3.

View Detroit Pistons vs Portland Trail Blazers Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Trail Blazers sat as -4.5-point Favorite. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 197.5.

This game matches up the No. 29 (Trail Blazers) and the No. 21 (Pistons) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 97-94 result in favor of the Trail Blazers is predicted by handicapping models.

Detroit lost its last outing, a 119-110 result against the Thunder on November 8. The Pistons failed to cover in that game as a 3-point underdog, while the 229 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Pistons wasted a 25-point performance from Josh Smith as Oklahoma City ran past them 119-110 on Friday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Last time out for Portland, they were a 96-85 winner as they battled the Kings on the road. The Trail Blazers covered in the match as a 2-point underdog, while 181 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points and chipped in with 14 rebounds for Portland on Saturday, leading the Trail Blazers to a 96-85 victory over Sacramento at Sleep Train Arena.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Pistons rank No. 18 in the league with 42.6 per game. That compares with Portland’s No. 14 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Portland is the NBA’s No. 4-ranked team at 9.83 per game, while the Pistons rate No. 21 with 6.8 per contest.

Next up:
Detroit at Golden State, Tuesday, November 12th
Portland at Phoenix, Wednesday, November 13th