Road Dog and Highway Robber Getting it Done on Sunday

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Swinging Johnson

Sunday, April 8, 2018 1:18 PM GMT

Sunday, Apr. 8, 2018 1:18 PM GMT

By the Numbers is an NBA picks column published that uses historical trends, game-time matchups, and the prevailing NBA odds for Sunday’s slate of games in order to deliver a pair of ATS winners. Let’s see what we have today!

NBA Sunday: By The NumbersHawks (23-57 SU, 38-40-2 ATS) vs. Celtics (54-25 SU, 47-28-4 ATS)Free NBA Pick: Hawks +10Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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Boston is 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

Boston is 2-5 ATS in their last seven Sunday games.

Boston is 4-5 ATS in Sunday games this season.

Atlanta is 3-1 ATS in April.

Atlanta is 19-19 ATS on the road this season.

Atlanta is 30-21 ATS after a division game over the last three seasons.

Analysis

This game means nothing to either team as Atlanta has been making vacation plans since shortly after Christmas, and Boston is ensconced as the No. 2 seed in the East. The ailing Celtics are just praying the rosary that no more injuries occur as they enter the postseason without their two best players in Kyrie Irving and Gordon Haywood. Those are just the most notable casualties but it seems everyone on the Celtics’ roster has been bitten by the injury bug this season. My opinion is that head coach Brad Stevens will be content with giving his pine jockeys plenty of minutes in order to rest what’s left of his starting roster.

The Shamrocks are 4-3 straight up and against the spread versus the Hawks in games played in Boston over the last three seasons. But you would be hard pressed to find the NBA odds board reflecting a spread nearly this big in any of those games. Yes, the Hawks are a bad team but they have covered the number in three of their last four games. As teams begin to rest their stars, Atlanta has been able to compete with the second-stringers. I see the same scenario playing out in this one. Back the visitors plus the double-digit head start in your NBA picks.

Pistons (38-41 SU, 38-38-3 ATS) vs. Grizzlies (21-58 SU, 33-43-3 ATS)Free NBA Pick: Pistons -5.5Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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Memphis is 1-5 ATS in Sunday games this season.

Memphis is 9-19 ATS in non-conference games.

Memphis is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.

Detroit is 5-0 ATS in their last five road games.

Detroit is 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall.

Detroit is 7-1 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS win.

Analysis

If the Pistons had played even remotely as well throughout the season as they have over their last 10 games, Detroit would be getting ready for playoff basketball. Alas, too little too late for the Motor City entry and their fans. However, it’s not too late for us to ride this locomotive to the bank. Detroit has been killing it for their backers recently, having gone 8-1-1 ATS and 8-2 straight up, which has propelled them from a bad record to one that is a bit more middling. Unfortunately for Detroit, the only thing this winning streak has earned them is their status as the bubble team in the Eastern Conference, the very next one in line before being told the movie is sold out.

The Grizzlies traveled to Detroit a few months ago and lost 104-102 decision but did get the cover as 8½ point road dogs. This time around the venue has shifted to Memphis as the Pistons hope to continue their winning streak with something positive to take into the offseason. Memphis is another story entirely. At 21-58 straight up they are the worst team in the league right now, barring the Phoenix Suns registering a woeful 20-60 mark.

Despite Detroit losing star forward Blake Griffin, the void has been filled admirably by veteran Anthony Tolliver who has scored in double figures over his last seven games and has averaged 17.4 PPG over that stretch. With our NBA picks, let’s lay the lumber on the NBA odds board and watch a hopeless Memphis team roll over to a surging Pistons‘ squad.

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A Sunday matinee in Memphis

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— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) April 8, 2018
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