NBA Pick: Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Bobcats ‘under’ 198½

LT Profits Sports Group

Saturday, March 23, 2013 4:00 AM UTC

Saturday, Mar. 23, 2013 4:00 AM UTC

The Pistons have lost 10 straight games while barely averaging 90 points in those games and the Bobcats cannot be relied on to top 100 points a third straight game, so go ‘under’ Saturday.

In what should be a lower scoring game than what looks like a fairly high total given the teams would indicate on Saturday night, the slumping Detroit Pistons (23-47, 8-26 away) pay a visit to the Charlotte Bobcats (16-52, 10-24 home) at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC at 7:05 ET.

The posted total at 5 Dimes is 198½ for this contest with the current odds on the ‘under’ set at -105.

The Bobcats have the worst record in the NBA, but it is the Pistons who have now lost 10 straight games and 13 of their last 14 after a 103-89 loss to the white-hot Miami Heat last night. Furthermore, due to a short bench, the five Detroit starters combined to play more than 180 minutes vs. the hottest basketball team in the world, further adding to the fatigue factor.

The Pistons are so injury riddled right now that Will Bynum is basically being forced to play through a hand injury just so the starters can get a bit of rest, and he only managed two points last night while giving Detroit 13 minutes off the bench.

Detroit simply cannot score points right now, averaging 90.2 points during the 10-game losing streak while reaching 100 points only once. The Pistons have been held to 90 points or less five times during the streak and they have even failed to reach just 80 points on two occasions! Detroit somehow shot 52.6 percent at Portland when scoring 101 points, but the Pistons are shooting 42.6 percent over the other nine games of the losing streak.

All of this is not to say that the Pistons are a good shooting team even when healthy, as they rank 23rd in the NBA in scoring with 94.2 points per game overall as well as just 18th in both field goal percentage (44.4) and three-point percentage (35.5). Moreover, that scoring average for the season drops to 90.4 points per game when playing with no rest with the ‘under’ going 11-4 in those games.

Do not look now but the Bobcats have won two straight games, their first two-game winning streak since the ninth and 10th games of the season on November 19th and 21st, and Charlotte even scored 119 and 107 points respectively in the two wins, which came vs. the Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors here at home.

However, the Bobcats simply cannot be trusted to continue that onslaught as Charlotte is still just 26th in the NBA in scoring at 93.3 points per game and dead last in field goal percentage at a woeful 42.0 percent.

The Cats are not without their fair share of injuries either, as they recently lost Brendan Haywood for the season as well as Ramon Sessions and DeSagana Diop for indefinite periods.

The bottom line is that Charlotte’s scoring should regress while Detroit’s does not figure to improve, so go ‘under’ on Saturday.


NBA Pick: Pistons, Bobcats ‘under’ 198½ (-105)

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