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In today’s low-tier snoozer, the Houston Rockets (9-20) are facing off versus the Detroit Pistons (4-23) at Little Caesars Arena. Will Cade Cunningham and the Pistons quash their 13-game losing streak this afternoon?

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Houston Rockets vs. Detroit Pistons news

When these teams’ betting statistics are compared, the Rockets are 15-13-1 against the spread in the 2021-22 NBA season, whereas the Pistons are 13-14 against the spread. This game will start at 12 p.m. ET, and the contest will air live via Bally Sports Detroit, Bally Sports Indiana, Bally Sports Sun and NBA League Pass. Per Land of Basketball’s database, based on 144 head-to-head regular season games played all-time during the regular season, Detroit is 75-69 versus Houston. Additionally, in the past three meetings, the Pistons are 2-1 against them.

On Nov. 10, 2021, the first meeting of this regular season, Detroit won 112-104 at Toyota Center. In other news, the Pistons assigned Luka Garza and Isaiah Livers to the Motor City Cruise, the team’s NBA G League affiliate. In a total of 15 games played this season, Garza has averaged 3.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and nearly 1.0 assist per game. The rookie center was selected 52nd overall in the 2021 NBA Draft. As for Livers, he has spent many games on the team’s injury report due to a right foot injury. Livers was selected before Garza at pick No. 42.

Houston Rockets vs. Detroit Pistons betting lines and odds

NBA Betting Picks - Houston Rockets vs Detroit Pistons preview, prediction and picks

Sportsbook: BetUS

Over/Under: 218

Point spread: pk (-110)

Best moneyline: unavailable

Houston Rockets vs. Detroit Pistons injury report

Rockets: PG John Wall (out indefinitely) | C Christian Wood (probable) | SF Danuel House Jr. (out indefinitely) | PG Kevin Porter Jr. (questionable) | SG Armoni Brooks (questionable) | SG Jalen Green (out indefinitely)

Pistons: C Kelly Olynyk (out six to eight weeks) | PF Jerami Grant (out indefinitely)

Houston Rockets vs. Detroit Pistons preview

Moreover, in the Rockets’ 116-103 home loss versus the Knicks on Thursday, center Daniel Theis added one more double-double to his career total, closing out his performance with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 33 minutes spent on the court. Forward Jae’Sean Tate ended his night with 20 points, 3.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 29 minutes played. In the fourth quarter, New York outscored Houston 32 to 21.

In addition to the Knicks out-rebounding the Rockets 40 to 29, Houston had a total of 17 turnovers. However, their short-range shooting was superb. They shot 34-for-68 (50%) from the field and 11-for-32 (34.4%) from behind the arc. After this home defeat, the team is now 7-7 at home, 2-13 away and 8-6-1 ATS on the road this season. Houston ranks 13th in the Western Conference, but the team has won six of their last 10 games.

According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Rockets have a 50.5% chance of winning. Trust your instincts. 

As for the Pistons, on Wednesday, in their 122-113 road loss against the Pacers, forward Saddiq Bey earned another career double-double, amassing 28 points, 10 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 36 minutes played. Rookie guard Cade Cunningham also had 19 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 34 minutes of action. Detroit surrendered a total of 70 first-half points. While they did outscore the Pacers 22 to 19 in the fourth quarter, their pitiful defensive effort lost them the game.

The Pacers out-rebounded the Pistons 41 to 37. Plus, they outscored them 68 to 60 in the key. Offensively, they kept up just fine with Indiana. The team shot 40-for-81 (49.4%) from the floor and 7-for-25 (28%) from three-point range. The Pistons need to force more turnovers if they want to win more than two games on the road or at home. Now, they are 2-12 away, 2-11 at home and 6-7 ATS at home this season. Detroit ranks dead last in the Eastern Conference.

Projected starting lineup

Rockets: PG Monte Morris | SG Will Barton | SF Aaron Gordon | PF JaMychal Green | C Nikola Jokic

Pistons: PG Trae Young | SG Kevin Huerter| SF Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot | PF John Collins | C Clint Capela

Houston Rockets vs. Detroit Pistons prediction

Furthermore, the total for Saturday afternoon’s contest is set at 218. Referencing the spread consensus, 59% of gamblers are betting on the Rockets to cover the spread at Little Caesars Arena. Regarding the point total consensus, 58% of bettors are leaning towards the total going over 218. Thus far, Houston is 3-1 as a favorite, 6-19 as an underdog and 8-6-1 ATS away, whereas Detroit is 1-1 as a favorite, 3-22 as an underdog and 6-7 ATS at home.

For special betting trends, the Rockets are 9-3 ATS in their past 12 performances this season. Not to mention, the total has gone over in four of their last five contests. Next, Houston is 1-4 straight up in the team’s previous five contests, and the Rockets are 1-8 ATS in their past nine matches versus the Pistons. Last but not least, the team is 5-11 SU in their previous 16 matches versus Eastern Conference opponents.

On the flip side, the Pistons 0-10 SU in their last 10 games played. Also, the total has gone under in seven of their past 10 matches versus the Rockets. And, Detroit is 5-13 ATS in the team’s previous 18 games played at Little Caesars Arena. Next, the Pistons are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games played in December. In other words, both teams are struggling to muster up wins this season, but the Rockets are the slightly more reliable pick. Expect them to cover the spread. If you are new to sports gambling, check out our handicap betting guide.

Houston Rockets vs. Detroit Pistons betting pick

Pick the Rockets to win, they will cover the spread and the total will go over 218. BetUS oddsmakers could not determine a clear favorite in this matchup.

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James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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