Grizzlies vs. Pistons NBA expert prediction and odds for Monday, April 1 (Lay the points with Detroit)

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Mar 25, 2024; New York, New York, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Jaden Ivey (23) brings the ball up the court against the Knicks.
Mar 25, 2024; New York, New York, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Jaden Ivey (23) brings the ball up the court against the Knicks. / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

It’s not an April Fool’s joke. The Detroit Pistons are favored for just the eighth time this season when they host the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night. 

Memphis, which has been ravished by injuries this season, has lost seven of its last eight games and three straight. The Grizzlies opened up a three-game road trip Saturday with a 30-point loss to Orlando. Detroit had lost eight in a row before snapping that skid with a 96-87 road win over Washington on Friday. Can the Pistons cover as short home favorites? Here’s the betting breakdown of the matchup with a best bet. 

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Grizzlies vs. Pistons odds, spread and total

Grizzlies vs. Pistons how to watch

  • Date: Monday, April 1 
  • Game time: 7 p.m. EST
  • Venue: Little Caesars Arena 
  • How to watch (TV):
  • Grizzlies record: 24-50
  • Pistons record: 13-61

Grizzlies vs. Pistons injury report

Memphis Grizzlies

  • Yuta Watanabe (personal): out
  • John Konchar (heel): doubtful
  • Vince Williams Jr. (knee): out
  • Santi Aldama (illness): questionable 
  • Desmond Bane (back): inactive 

Detroit Pistons

  • Cade Cunningham (knee): questionable 
  • Marcus Sasser (illness): questionable
  • Simone Fontecchio (toe): out
  • Taj Gibson (hamstring): doubtful 
  • Quentin Grimes (knee): out

Grizzlies vs. Pistons key players to watch

Memphis Grizzlies

Jordan Goodwin: Goodwin, a second-year guard, was the lone bright spot in Saturday’s road loss in Orlando, finishing with a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double. Goodwin is averaging just 5.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game this season but has scored in double figures in five of 10 games with Memphis since being acquired at the trade deadline. 

Detroit Pistons

Jalen Duran: The 6-foot-10 center is one of the few healthy season-long contributors healthy and continues a solid season in his second year in the league. The 20-year-old is averaging a double-double (13.9 points, 12 rebounds per game) while shooting 62.9% from the field. He’s registered three consecutive double-doubles and is coming off a 20-point, 17-rebound performance in Friday’s win over Washington. 

Grizzlies vs. Pistons prediction and pick

If you can get over the Pistons’ NBA-record losing streak from earlier this season, they have been great for backers down the stretch. Detroit is 23-13 ATS in its last 36 games, which includes a 3-1 ATS mark as a favorite.

In March, Detroit was a favorite twice and covered in both instances, beating Charlotte as a five-point favorite (114-97) and Toronto while laying 3.5 (113-104). 

Though Detroit could be missing star Cade Cunningham, the Pistons still have enough firepower behind Duran and guard Jaden Ivey (15.2 points per game) to get past the shorthanded Grizzlies, who are an NBA-worst 12-25 ATS this season as a road underdog. 

Detroit uses its up-tempo offense (No. 9 in pace) to run past the Hornets’ defense, which is No. 29 in net rating. Take the Pistons to cover the small number. 

Game odds update periodically and are subject to change.