Pistons vs. Celtics Odds: Detroit in a free-fall to the bottom?

Saddiq Bey #41 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Saddiq Bey #41 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Pistons will be playing the second game of a home back-to-back tonight against the Boston Celtics.

Detroit lost to Minnesota last night and have dropped 6-of-7 overall. To make things worse, they could be without Cade Cunningham again, who is out with a hip pointer and listed as questionable again tonight.

The Pistons don’t stand much of a chance without their star rookie, as Boston is playing well, winners of three in a row and seven of their last ten.

These are two teams headed in opposite directions, as the Pistons are now just a game ahead of Orlando for the worst record in the NBA and the Celtics are trying to climb the standings.

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Having the worst record doesn’t offer many advantages in the NBA Draft lottery, so count me as someone who would like to see Detroit rack up some wins down the stretch to build their confidence and some momentum heading into the offseason.

The Pistons could be missing Cunningham, while the Celtics are basically at full strength, so it’s understandable why Detroit is the underdog at home.

Detroit Pistons vs. Boston Celtics: Odds, spread, over/under and best bets

According to WynnBET, the Pistons are eight point underdogs at home against the Celtics. Detroit was a seven point underdog last night against Minnesota, so this one makes sense, especially if Cade Cunningham is out.

The Pistons have been getting behind big lately, but also coming back, though the Timberwolves covered the spread in last night’s game.

The money lines are set at +270 for the Pistons and -340 for the Celtics, but it is hard to imagine Detroit winning this one without Cade.

This will be the first of four meetings between these two teams and it would be nice if the Pistons could play spoiler to the hated Celtics, who are one of the NBA’s most disappointing teams.

The over under is set at 213, far lower than last night, so the books are expecting Boston’s defense and the Pistons’ tired legs to make this a low-scoring game.

The two teams score 210 points combined on average and allow 215, so the over/under split the difference.

I do like Detroit to keep this one close, which they have been doing of late, but it’s a matter of whether they can not fall apart in the 4th quarter as they did against Minnesota.

I would take the points and the under and hope it’s an ugly game at Little Caesar’s Arena.

As for daily fantasy, the Pistons don’t have any high-level plays if Cade is out, and with Jerami Grant still trying to get his legs under him. Saddiq Bey is coming off a big all-around game and has had some of his biggest against the Celtics, so he is probably your best high-end play.

The Pistons are more about the value plays, as Frank Jackson is scoring consistently off the bench and Isaiah Stewart has had three double-doubles in a row. Both are cheap in daily fantasy and have been putting up numbers.

How to watch Pistons vs. Celtics

The game vs. Boston will tip-off at 7:00 PM ET and you can watch on Bally Sports Detroit or listen on 97.1 FM the Ticket.

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