The Atlanta Hawks travel to the Motor City to take on the Detroit Pistons at the Little Caesars Arena on Friday, November 22, 2019.
Both these teams head to Motown on losing streaks. The Hawks have lost four straight games and are 4-10 SU on the year, 5th in the NBA’s Southeast Division. On the other hand, the Pistons enter this home game with five consecutive defeats. Detroit is 4-10 SU on the season and they are 4th in the Central Division standings. Atlanta defeated Detroit 117-100 in their first meeting of the season on October 24, 2019, in Detroit.
Four Consecutive Losses
After snapping a three-game losing skid with an upset win over the Denver Nuggets, the Atlanta Hawks have reverted to their losing ways with four consecutive losses. In their last game, the Hawks gave the highly favorited Milwaukee Bucks a tough time before eventually bowing 127-135 in Atlanta.
De’Andre Hunter played the best game of his career with 27 points and 11 rebounds against the Bucks. Trae Young added 25 points, 8 assists and 3 steals for the Hawks. Cam Reddish also contributed 17 points while Jabari Parker, Vince Carter and Allan Crabbe also scored in twin digits for Atlanta who played minus the suspended John Collins and the injured Kevin Huerter.
The Hawks rank 19th in scoring at 107.6 points per game this season. Atlanta is 24th in rebounding at 43.2 boards per contest and 19th in passing at 22.9 assists per outing. The Hawks are allowing the 5th most points in the league at 116.9 points per game and they are the NBA betting underdogs in this game.
What are the Moneyline Odds?
Odds from TitanBet as of 11/21/19
Five Straight Losses
Like the Hawks, the Pistons head to this game looking to end their own struggles. Detroit has lost five straight games and has won just twice in their 10 assignments. In their last game, Detroit’s offense sputtered as they scored only 89 points in a 20-point loss to the Chicago Bulls.
Derrick Rose led the Pistons with 18 points while Blake Griffin added 16 points and 8 rebounds. Christian Wood posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards but the Pistons shot just 33% from the floor 24% from behind the three-point line against Chicago. Reggie Jackson is out with a back injury and he has not played in the last three weeks.
Detroit is averaging 107.3 points per game this season, 12th best in the NBA. The Pistons are 29th off the glass with an average of 41.5 rebounds per game and they are 13th in assists with 24.6 dimes per contest. Detroit is giving up an average of 112.0 points per game this season.
Atlanta is 1-7 SU in their last 8 games played. The Hawks 2-5 SU in seven road games played this season, 0-5 SU in their last five games against the Eastern Conference, and 1-4 SU in their last five games against the Central Division. Detroit is 0-5 SU in their last five games played. The Pistons are 3-3 SU in their last six games played and 1-5 SU in their last six games against the Eastern Conference. Head to head, the Pistons are 6-3 SU in their last nine games played.
The Hawks definitely miss John Collins who is still suspended but they have gotten big efforts from Trae Young and De’Andre Hunter. Atlanta is 2-5 SU on the road this season but they have been competitive even in losses. Atlanta gave the Bucks a good fight before losing the game and that kind of effort is hard to ignore.
Meanwhile, the Pistons have struggled to get going because of injuries. Blake Griffin is back but he missed the start of the season. Reggie Jackson is still out with a back injury and has not played in the last three weeks. Markeiff Morris and Tony Snell are questionable and the entire team is banged up this early in the season.
The Hawks have the younger and fresher team here and they are coming off a one day rest. The Pistons can’t seem to find momentum because of the injuries they are dealing with. When I look at these two teams, it’s Atlanta who looks more ready and more cohesive. Prediction: Atlanta Hawks
Other Bets To Make
The Hawks are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games played. Atlanta is 2-5 ATS in their last seven games played on the road. The Pistons are 4-12-2 ATS in their last 18 games played. Detroit is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games played at home. Head to head, the Hawks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games played against the Pistons. Atlanta is also 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games against Detroit.
Atlanta is 5-2 ATS in their last seven games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game. Detroit is 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against an opponent with a losing SU record and 1-8 ATS in their last nine games after a SU loss of more than 10 points. I’ll take the plus points and the underdogs here. Prediction: Hawks +6.5
The total has gone over in each of the last seven games played by the Hawks. The over is also 5-0 in Atlanta’s last five games played on the road. The total has gone over in four out of the Pistons’ last six games played. The Pistons have seen the total go over in 10 out of their last 15 November games. Head to head, the over is 6-4 in the last 10 games between these two teams.
The Hawks and Pistons have combined to score an average of 215.2 points per game in their last 10 meetings and 219.0 points per game in their last three encounters. Atlanta has allowed an average of 133.75 points per game in their last four games including 150 against the Clippers last week. Meanwhile, the Pistons are allowing their opponents to shoot 48% from the floor and 38.2% from the three-point territory. With both teams having soft defenses, this will most likely be a high-scoring game. The over is 6-0 in Detroit’s last six games after losing a game by double digits and the over is 5-0 in Atlanta’s last five games when playing on one day rest. Prediction: Over 225
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