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NBA: Indiana Pacers vs. Detroit Pistons Betting Preview

For the second time in the last three days, the Indiana Pacers (31-37) and Detroit Pistons (15-53) will battle it out in the Motor City on Monday. This game will be played at the Little Caesars Arena, with tipoff scheduled for 7:00 pm ET.

The Pacers are the favorites in this one despite playing on the road. They are -156 to win, while the Pistons’ moneyline sits at +132. The spread features Detroit as 3.5-point underdogs (-110).

Saturday’s Matchup

As mentioned these two teams squared off just two days ago on Saturday, with the Pacers winning 121-115. In the win, Jalen had 20 points in the victory, while Isaiah Jackson and Andrew Nembhard combined for 38 points, 14 rebounds, and nine assists.

In the loss, Isaiah Livers had a team-high 18 points, but Killian Hayes might have had the best game for the Pistons as he had 17 points, 13 assists, and six rebounds.

Indiana Hoping To Get Into Playoffs

With 10 teams getting into the playoffs, four via the play-in games, the Pacers have a legitimate chance of making the playoffs despite currently sitting in 12th in the Eastern Conference. Only one game separates the 9th-12th teams, meaning that the Pacers are certainly in striking distance.

Indiana is enjoying a two-game win streak, in part thanks to an offense that ranks 10th in the NBA. They are averaging 115.8 points per game this season, but they have averaged 132.7 points per game over their last three.

Unfortunately, the Pacers will be significantly shorthanded in this one as Tyrese Haliburton (knee), Myles Turner (back), and T.J. McConnell (back) are out. Bennedict Mathurin (ankles) and Kendall Brown (tibia) are both questionable. That is three of the Pacers’ top four scorers out or questionable for this one.

The only player who will be good to go is Buddy Hield, who is averaging 17.3 points, five rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game.

Pistons Hoping To Break Losing Streak

To say it has been a rough season for the Pistons is a bit of an understatement. At 15-53, they currently have the worst record in the NBA. They have also been without a win in sometime as they are on an 11-game losing streak. They will look to snap that at home Monday, where they are 8-27 this season.

Detroit struggles offensively as they rank 28th in the NBA in scoring, averaging just 111.3 points per game. They are led by Bojan Bogdanovic, who is averaging 21.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game.

Unfortunately, he is questionable for this one with an Achilles injury.

Defensively, Detroit ranks 29th overall, allowing opponents an average of 118.9 points per game.

Take Indiana To Win And Cover

The Pacers come into this one having gone 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games. For the Pistons, they are winless in their last 12 games against conference opponents.

While the Pacers have several out with injuries for this game, the Pistons aren’t exactly healthy as both Bogdanovic, Jaden Ivey and Alec Burks are questionable, while Cade Cunningham is out for the season.

Regardless, the Pistons have pretty much packed it in while even a shorthanded Pacers team has something to play for. Take Indiana to both win and to cover the 3.5-point spread (-110) in this one.

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