Charlotte Hornets vs Detroit Pistons betting tips and predictions for Monday’s NBA game at Spectrum Center. Two of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference go at it for the 3rd time this season as the Hornets host the Pistons. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
The Hornets are actually showing signs of life lately having won 4 games in a row, but that’s actually a bad thing for them believe it or not. This team is currently 13th in the East standings, with the number 1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft on their mind it would actually be better for them if they lost as many games as possible over the remaining 20 or so left to be played.
Tonight they host the Pistons who are the only team in the East below them in the standings, trailing in the season series 0-2 after Detroit won both meetings earlier in the year. LaMelo Ball has been productive during the win streak, he’s averaging 25.4 points and 11.6 assists per game on really solid efficiency, especially from three-point line. Charlotte has a good chance of extending the win streak, they’ve gone 9-2 SU in the last 11 vs Detroit at home.
The Pistons are in a similar spot here, however unlike the Hornets they are on a 4-game losing streak having dropped 2 before the all-star break and 2 since the play resumed. Scoring has been the main issue for this squad, they were able to put up just 91 points in their last game vs Toronto, they’ll continue to struggle if their leading scorer Bojan Bogdanovic continues to put up just 7 and 11 points which were his totals over the last 2 games.
Things could improve tonight, if we are to judge them by their first 2 games vs Charlotte from earlier this season when they scored 141 and 118 points. But, with the likes of Houston and San Antonio tanking hard out West, the Pistons really have no incentive to win games as they too want the top spot in the upcoming draft.
It’s hard to predict a game where neither team has a reason to win, but let’s back the team with the more talent here. Charlotte has won 4 in a row by an average of 7.2 points. Back the home team to cover.
Charlotte Hornets vs Detroit Pistons Predictions & Odds
Neither team has any regard for playing defense, they rank 29th and 23rd in defensive efficiency allowing 113.3 and 116.1 points per 100 possessions. Head-to-head meetings have also gone over the total quite a lot lately with 4 of the last 5 cashing on that bet. So even if Bogdanovic, Nerlens Noel and Isaiah Stewart could all potentially sit this one out, the rest of the Pistons should still have a easy time scoring the basketball against one of the worst defenses in the history of the NBA.
3 of the last 4 Charlotte games have seen at least 230 points scored, the one that did not was against the slow paced Miami Heat. With the Hornets seeing more games on the road this season go over than under, I think the wise bet here would be to back the points.