The Detroit Pistons are one of the hottest teams in the NBA at the moment, but they are in for a tough test on Wednesday night. Detroit has won seven of their last eight games and will take on the Spurs in San Antonio in this game. The Spurs posted a 119-107 victory over the Pistons in Detroit earlier this season, and are looking for a season sweep.
Detroit has played their way back into a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons come into this game with a record of 29-30 and are in the 7th spot in the East. San Antonio is clinging to the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 33-29 record. The Spurs are a 4.5 point favorite over the Pistons in this game.
Spurs Glad To Return Home
The San Antonio Spurs went just 1-7 on their annual “Rodeo Road Trip,” and they can’t wait to be back at home. The Spurs have posted a 22-7 record at home so far this season, and they are a much better team in San Antonio. San Antonio is right at league average in both offense and defense this season, scoring 112.1 points per game, while allowing 111.6 points per night. The Spurs will need to get better on each end of the court if they are going to make the playoffs.
DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge have carried the Spurs on both ends of the floor this season, but they need some help. DeRozan leads the team with 21.6 points and 6.1 assists per game and is the top playmaker in San Antonio. Aldridge has chipped in with 20.8 points and 8.9 rebounds but will have a tough challenge against the “Twin Towers” of the Detroit Pistons.
Griffin, Drummond Carrying Pistons
The Detroit Pistons are still looking for more consistent guard play, but they feature a dynamic duo of post players. Blake Griffin is leading the team with 25.8 points and 5.4 assists per game this season and continues to prove that he is one of the best players in the league. Center Andre Drummond has chipped in with 17.6 points and 15.1 rebounds per game and is also the anchor of the Pistons defense. Griffin and Drummond should have success against a smaller Spurs team.
If the Pistons are going to stay in a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, they are going to have to score more points. Detroit is averaging just 107.2 points per game this season and is making just 34 percent of their three-point attempts. The Pistons are giving up just 108.1 points per game this season, but they can’t continue to rely on their defense, especially on the road.
Spurs Get Back on Track
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is simply too good to let his team fall out of the playoff race. San Antonio appears to be reeling at the moment, but playing at home will get them back on track. Detroit poses a huge challenge with their big men, but their offense isn’t good enough to pull off this win. Bet the San Antonio Spurs -4.5 over the Detroit Pistons.