Big Home Advantage Make Pistons the NBA Pick Against Celtics

Joe Catalano

Saturday, December 26, 2015 7:07 PM GMT

We have an interesting matchup between two teams in the Detroit Pistons (17-13) and the Boston Celtics (16-13) with almost identical records. Who will be our NBA pick for this matchup?

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NBA Pick: Pistons PK
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

 

Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST tonight at The Palace Of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan. At 5Dimes, the Pistons are a mere 1 point betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at 204. Being that this game is being played in Detroit and the Pistons have the likes of double-double machine in Andre Drummond, the spread is very low and I'm instantly leaning in Detroit's direction.

 

Injury Report
We take a look at the injury report and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is listed as "day to day". This doesn't necessarily mean that he won't be playing tonight, but it's something to keep an eye on as he's a major contributor for the Pistons as he's averaging 14.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game while being a major force on defense. I expect him to play, but look out for an up to date status on his condition as the game draws nearer.

 

Revenge Or More of the Same?
These two teams hooked up ,ironically in the Palace, 4 games ago and Detroit came out on top with a 119-116 victory as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 31 points.

For the Celtics, Isaiah Thomas was on fire as he had 38 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists. Both teams shot nearly 50% from the field while Detroit averaged 52.4% from 3-point range. There's nothing to lead me to believe that tonight's game will be any different. Being that these two teams are evenly matched, I wouldn't bet the mortgage on this highly contested matchup between two slightly better than average basketball teams.

 

Andre Drummond
The one reliable force in this game that never wavers is center, Andre Drummond. Drummond is a walking double-double. Drummond is somewhat similar to DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers, but he's better offensively.

Drummond has had a career year this season, averaging 18.2 points and 16.1 rebounds per game. When a player is a big man in the paint who can play defense and in this case provide offense, it's a major advantage for the Pistons.

Big men Jarred Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk are both respectable players for the Celts, but Sullinger has been lacking the playing time and Olynyk comes off the bench and can be inconsistent at times and that's where Drummond has them both beat as he never has an off-night. Drummond is the major reason why Detroit is a playoff contender and look for more of the same from him in tonight's intriguing matchup.

 

Reggie Jackson
The best move that Reggie Jackson ever made was getting out of OKC as Russell Westbrook as eating up all of the minutes. While Jackson might have had a better chance at winning a championship with the Thunder, he's had more opportunity offensively as a member of the Pistons as he's one of the two best offensive players on this squad. When Jackson is on a roll, there's no stopping him. Thus far this season, Jackson, is averaging 20.3 points ,6.4 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game. 

To sum it up, Detroit has a major advantage where their starters are concerned and the thought of having to lay just 1 point seems appealing. Make the Pistons your NBA pick.