Were the NBA playoffs to start today, the Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons would be in the field. It’s possible they could meet in the first round – or Detroit could miss out altogether. The Wizards are slight online NBA lines favorites in Motown on Friday.
How to Bet Wizards at Pistons NBA Lines & Game PreviewWatchESPNRadio: 1500 AM (Washington) / WXYT-FM 97.1 (Detroit)NBA Lines: Wizards -1 (209)
Season SeriesIt’s the third of four meetings. On Oct. 20 in DC, the Wizards won 115-111. Otto Porter had a crucial strip of Avery Bradley, and John Wall blocked Reggie Jackson’s potential tying runner. Jackson’s currently out injured. Porter had 28 points for Washington and Bradley Beal 25. Jackson had 21. The Pistons lost the turnover battle 18-15, and shot only 20 free throws to the Wizards’ 35.On Dec. 1 in DC, the Pistons lost 109-91. Markieff Morris scored 23 points, and seldom-used Tomas Satoransky added a career-high 17 off the bench. Porter added 17 points, and Marcin Gortat had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Washington. Wall was out injured. Andre Drummond had 14 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists for Detroit, which was still outrebounded 49-32.Detroit has lost nine of the last 12 games against the Wizards. Detroit holds a 152-127 all-time record against Washington and an 87-42 home record.
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- Washington is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
- Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games
- Detroit is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
- Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Detroit’s last 23 games
Why Bet on Washington’s NBA Lines?Which Wizards team will show up? This club usually plays great against good teams and sucks against bad ones. The Pistons are somewhere in the middle. Washington enters on a two-game skid, getting stomped 133-109 in Charlotte on Wednesday. The Hornets made 12 of their first 13 shots and scored a franchise-record 77 points in the first half to build a 16-point lead. They extended that to 28 in the second half in a game that was never close. The Wizards didn’t show up.Beal had 26 points for the Wizards, whose five-game road trip got off to a rocky start. The Wiz, who have allowed at least 100 points in 16 straight games, were outscored 50-30 in the paint. Wall had 12 points and nine assists in the game, his ninth consecutive game with at least nine assists dating back to Dec. 31. Wall continues to lead the NBA in assists per game in the month of January.Porter had another forgettable game on Wednesday with six points, two rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes. Porter has scored double-digit points just twice in the past eight games, and both coach Scott Brooks and Wall called him out this week. “The bottom line is Otto needs to get himself open and be ready to catch and shoot and get more shots,” said Brooks. Wall added that he wants his teammate to be more “aggressive.” Porter said he’s been out of rhythm since returning from the one-game absence last week.A total of 13 of Washington’s last 21 wins have come with opponent scoring under 100 pts. The Wizards are second in opponent three-point percentage at .339. They are 111.8 points over the last 13 games, 5th in league. In the seven games of 2018, Beal is averaging 25.4 points per game, the eighth-most in the league, and Wall is averaging 24.1, the 13th-most in the league.
- Average Score For: 106.89
- Field Goals: 46.56%
- Three Points: 37.18%
- Free Throws: 75.41%
- Rebounds: 43.11
- Average Score Against: 105.27
- Field Goals: 45.49%
- Three Points: 33.92%
- Free Throws: 76.31%
- Rebounds: 43.80
Why Bet on Detroit’s NBA Lines?The Pistons lost a third straight Wednesday, 96-91 in Toronto. Drummond had 25 points and 17 rebounds but the Pistons fell behind by 13 in the first quarter and lost for the seventh time in eight road games. aside from Drummond, they shot 34.2 percent as a team. Drummond, who entered as the league’s leading rebounder, has grabbed 10 or more boards in five straight games.Bradley scored 19 points, Tobias Harris had 12 and Langston Galloway 11 for the Pistons, who have lost seven of 10 overall. Detroit shot a season-worst 7 for 15 from the free-throw line, missing all three attempts in the fourth. Detroit is still clinging to the No. 8 seed in the East with a 22-21 record.Luke Kennard (thumb) didn’t play vs. Toronto. The Pistons rookie was expected to be available, according to Stan Van Gundy, but he didn’t feel right during pre-game warmups. Bradley (groin) is “50-50” to play vs. the Wizards on Friday. Bradley saw a specialist in Philly on Thursday and had an injection to help with the injury. Kennard and Langston Galloway to benefit the most if Bradley sits. Stanley Johnson (hip) remains out.The Detroit Pistons are on pace for 886 3-pointers made this season, which would set the franchise record (740, 2015-16). Tobias Harris has hit 104 3-pointers this season, just five off tying his career-high mark for most 3-pointers made in a season (109, 2016-17). He’s connected on four-plus 3-pointers in a career-high nine games this season (4, 2016-17). Kennard ranks second in 3-point percentage among qualified rookies.
- Average Score For: 102.12
- Field Goals: 44.98%
- Three Points: 38.35%
- Free Throws: 74.78%
- Rebounds: 42.12
- Average Score Against: 101.72
- Field Goals: 46.47%
- Three Points: 37.37%
- Free Throws: 77.49%
- Rebounds: 42.88