The Detroit Pistons travel to Boston to take on the Celtics tonight from the TD Garden with tip-off scheduled for 7:30pm EST. These two teams come in on opposite ends of streaks as the Pistons are riding an eight-game losing streak while the Celtics may be the hottest team in the league, currently on a nine-game winning streak. Detroit comes into this matchup as the worst team in the NBA at 12-45 and have lost nine of their last ten games overall. They are only 4-25 away from Detroit and it has just been a disappointing season as a whole for the Pistons. As for Boston, their recent hot streak has vaulted them into the sixth spot of the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 34-25 and they have won nine of their last ten contests. They hold a 24-14 record at the TD Garden and will look to add to that total against the lowly Pistons tonight. The two teams have met once already this season with the Celtics taking the game by a score of 102-93 and after tonight, they will meet up two more times in the regular season.
How Detroit can win: Not a whole lot has gone in the favor of the Detroit Pistons this season and they are right back at the bottom of the standings once again. They are averaging 102.4 points per game on 42 percent shooting and are allowing 112.6 points per game on 47.5 percent shooting to opposing teams. They shoot 77.5 percent from the free throw line and 31.7 percent from beyond the arch and will need both of these areas to be strong tonight against Boston. The Celtics are one of the better defensive teams in the league so Detroit will need to keep up with them on the offensive end. Ball movement and making sure they hit any open shot attempts they have will be a factor in this matchup.
One of the bright spots for the Pistons has been the emergence of forward Saddiq Bey who is averaging 15.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. He has helped keep this Pistons team competitive in games despite them losing many of them. Forward Jerami Grant has also been good for Detroit this season as he has averaged 18.8 points per game and has given them a true go-to option. This Pistons team isn’t great overall but does have some nice pieces that can give them a chance to win every time out. They are a young team and against Boston will need to play an almost perfect game if they want to come out with the victory.
How Boston can win: As the hottest team in the league, the Celtics have not lost in the month of February and will look to keep their perfect record alive at home tonight. Their run has been led by their defense as they are one of the better defensive teams in the league and are harassing opposing players on that side of the floor. The Celtics are averaging 108.4 points per game on 45 percent shooting while allowing 103.6 points per game on 43 percent shooting. Against a Detroit team that struggles to score the ball at times, the Celtics should look to their defense once again to help get them another win. Containing Jerami Grant will be a key factor in this game and if they can do that, it could be a long night for the Pistons and their fans.
Last night the Celtics dominated the Philadelphia 76ers and won by a score of 135-87. It was an impressive rout of the 76ers and showed just how scary this Boston team could be if everything is clicking. The 76ers did not have new guard James Harden available but the team did have most of their main players, so the Celtics win was a bit noting. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum led the way for Boston again and both forward have seemed to find their footing after a slow start to the season. They’ll need these two players to put up strong numbers again if they want to ensure their perfect month stays put.
The Spread Via FanDuel:
Moneyline: BOS: (-900) | DET: (+610)
Spread: BOS: -12.5 (-110) | DET: +12.5 (-110)
Final Prediction: Boston Celtics 118 Detroit Pistons 102
–Boston is on a roll right now and against the worst team in the league, at home, I see them winning another game. This Celtics team has depth and plays strong defense so give me Boston to defend home court and go into the All-Star break on a high note.