NBA Pick: Detroit Pistons, New Orleans Hornets ‘under’ 193

LT Profits Sports Group

Friday, March 1, 2013 5:00 AM GMT

The Hornets and the Pistons are in the bottom 10 in the NBA in scoring, and with Anthony Davis doubtful for the Bees and Detroit averaging 91.4 points the last eight games, go ‘under’.

Do not look for a ton of scoring in one of the NBA matchups on Friday night when the Detroit Pistons (23-37, 8-19 away) pay a visit to the New Orleans Hornets (20-39, 10-18 home) at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA at 8:05 ET.

The posted total at Pinnacle Sports is 193 for this contest with the current odds on the ‘under’ set at -104.

These two teams went ‘under’ the first time they met this season in Detroit and the ‘under’ is 5-0 the last five times they have met here on the Bayou. Look for more of the same on Friday night, especially with number one overall draft pick Anthony Davis doubtful for the Hornets.

Davis endured a recent slump, but he looked to have snapped out of it by averaging 15.6 points and 8.8 rebounds in his last five full games before injuring his left shoulder vs. the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. The team is describing the injury as a sprain, but the Hornets have been incredibly tight-lipped in not divulging more information than that, fueling speculation that perhaps the injury is a bit worse than they are letting on.

New Orleans certainly missed Davis while getting obliterated 119-74 by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday. Ryan Anderson started in Davis’s stead and scored 14 points, but he was the only Hornet to score in double-digits and the Bees missed Davis’s presence on the glass while getting destroyed in the rebounding department 48-25!

The Hornets are ranked 23rd in the NBA in scoring with 94.2 points per game and an identical 23rd in rebounding with 41.1 per contest, so this is a club that can ill afford to be without one of its best players for a prolonged period of time, as was evidenced by Wednesday’s performance.

Also New Orleans has not really been any better offensively at home this season, in fact scoring even fewer points at just 92.1 per game. Those Hornets’ home games are averaging 186.5 points, more than six points less than this posted total.

The Pistons have not been much better offensively as they rank 21st in points scored at 94.9 per game. Detroit is coming off of a nice 96-95 road win in a game where they got some great individual performances, as Brandon Knight scored 32 points thanks to hitting on 5-of-6 three-point attempts, Greg Monroe had 26 points and 11 rebounds and recent acquisition Jose Calderon had an amazing 18 assists.

Even with all of that though, the Pistons still only scored 96 points, which is a bad sign for tonight as those feats do not expect to be duplicated. Detroit is averaging only 91.4 points in its last eight games, a stretch that includes that 86-point effort at home vs. these Hornets where the Pistons shot a horrific 35.8 percent.

That also does not figure to get duplicated tonight, but we still do not expect the Pistons to shoot the ball well enough to prevent another ‘under’ on Friday.

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NBA Pick: Pistons, Hornets ‘under’ 193 (-104)