Heat vs Pistons NBA Odds & Game Preview

Heat vs Pistons NBA Odds & Game Preview

Written by on January 18, 2019

Miami battles Detroit at Little Caesar’s Arena on Friday, January 18. Detroit’s 5 games under .500 while the Heat lead the Southeast Division with a 21-21 record. Will underdog Miami play well enough to get above .500? Or, will the home team Pistons send them below the even mark?

Heat vs Pistons NBA Odds & Game Preview

Why Miami Heat are a good bet +2?

The Miami Heat leads the Southeast Division, but they know they must be better than .500 to make the playoffs. In the NBA, the 8 teams with the top records in each conference makes the playoffs. The NBA doesn’t care who wins divisions.

Miami’s got every incentive to play as hard as they can in every game. They match up well with Detroit and will have a shot to not only cover but to also beat the Pistons on the moneyline.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Points/G: 106.2
  • Field Goal %: 44
  • 3-Point %: 35.5
  • Free Throw %: 69.4
  • Rebounds/G: 47
Defense:
  • Points/G: 106.1
  • Field Goal %: 44
  • 3-Point %: 35.8
  • Free Throw %: 76.1
  • Rebounds/G: 44.8

Why Detroit Pistons are a good bet -2?

Are the Pistons a safe bet for Friday night?

The Detroit Pistons had lost 4 in a row, but in their last few games they’ve picked it up. The Pistons beat the Clippers 109-104 on Jan. 12 at the Staples Center. They lost by only 6 to Utah on the road, and then on Jan. 16, they beat Orlando 120-116 in overtime.

The Pistons are playing well right now. They won’t allow a team like Miami to take them down on their home court.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Points/G: 106.9
  • Field Goal %: 43.5
  • 3-Point %: 33.1
  • Free Throw %: 73.6
  • Rebounds/G: 45.7
Defense:
  • Points/G: 109.6
  • Field Goal %: 47.2
  • 3-Point %: 32.4
  • Free Throw %: 77.6
  • Rebounds/G: 44.2

NBA Betting Trends for Heat vs Pistons

  • Miami is 2-4 ATS in the last 6 games
  • Miami is 10-5 SU in the last 15 games
  • The total went OVER in 8 of Miami’s last 11 games
  • Detroit is 8-14-1 ATS in the last 23 games
  • Detroit is 6-17 SU in the last 23 games
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Detroit’s last 5 games

Heat vs Pistons Final NBA Betting Analysis

Miami does match up well with Detroit, but the Pistons are finally healthy. Blake Griffin is back in the starting lineup. Along with Andre Drummond, Griffin’s part of one of the better front courts in basketball.

Miami is 12-7 ATS in road games this season. But, they’ve been blitzed in their last 2 away games, losing 82-106 to Atlanta and 86-124 to Milwaukee. The Heat have dominated the Pistons in the past. That should change on Friday night with Detroit providing a win and cover to their backers.

NBA Betting Pick: Detroit Pistons -2