NBA Picks: Pistons vs. Celtics Betting Preview

Joe Freda

Sunday, November 3, 2013 2:50 PM GMT

Sunday’s league slate has Maurice Cheeks’ club hosting the Boston Celtics, who are still searching for their first win. What is the skinny on our NBA picks today?

The Detroit Pistons have a 2-0 spread record to start the NBA betting season, with the OVER also collecting at a 2-0 clip. 

Pistons edged in Memphis 

Detroit’s latest cashed ticket came in Friday’s 111-108 overtime loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, allowing 51.9 percent field shooting as a 7 ½-point NBA odds road dogs. Pistons center Andre Drummond picked up his first double-double of the year, coming away with 16 rebounds and 12 points.

Detroit’s Josh Smith and Rodney Stuckey led their squad’s scoring with 19 points each, including Stuckey’s 8-for-13 night of field shooting. Smith added three of his side’s six blocks, while Pistons guards Will Bynum and Chauncey Billups logged six assists each.

The duel left no sweat for OVER backers, with the fourth quarter’s 54 combined points lifting the battle above the ‘total’ of 189 ½. Detroit sank 17-of-24 free throws, while edging the Grizzlies in boards, 41-38.

Celtics blow lead at home

Boston saw a 22-point lead erased on the same night’s card, dropping a 105-98 contest to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Celtics were outscored in the fourth quarter, 34-15, failing to cash as a 2 ½-point home favorite. 

Celtics center Vitor Faverani piled in 18 rebounds, while finishing with 12 points and six blocks. Boston’s Brandon Bass and Courtney Lee both logged 6-for-11 nights from the floor, uniting for 30 points and three assists. 

The contest’s 203 points soared OVER the ‘total’ of 185 ½, with the Celtics outscoring Milwaukee in the paint, 50-46. Both sides combined to drain 10-of-31 buckets beyond the arc, while the Celtics recorded a sizable 17 turnovers.

Back the Celtics as road dogs

Bet365 opened Detroit as a 9 ½-point home favorite, while first setting the ‘total’ at 191. Detroit’s Brandon Jennings and Charlie Villanueva are both listed as “questionable” after missing their club’s first two games with jaw and shoulder injuries, respectively.

I am taking the points with Boston as part of Sunday’s sports picks, looking for a close contest in the “Motor City.”

The Celtics have fallen short in their first two affairs, but rank a respectable fifth in the Eastern Conference with 46.5 percent shooting. Faverani’s performance against Milwaukee showed some promise for the big man, setting up what should be a tight battle in the middle with Andre Drummond.

Detroit has notched its share of scoring out of the gate, but has let its opposition hang around thanks to giving up 106.5 PPG and 47.7 percent field shooting. The Pistons are riding a 5-0 ATS streak in their most recent meetings with the Celtics, but have shifted away from their value here with all of the cashed tickets coming as underdogs.

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Boston got the money in its season opener as an eight-point road dog in Toronto, staying within cashing range as part of a 93-87 defeat. The Celtics cut into a 16-point lead despite logging 22 turnovers, edging the Raptors in the second half, 50-44.

Look for another stretch run by Boston in this matchup, collecting again at NBA betting shops in an undervalued spot.

NBA Pick: Boston Celtics +9 ½ at Bet365