Friday NBA odds: Detroit Pistons at Miami Heat
It’s one of the NBA’s worst road teams against one of its best home teams, so presumably Miami shouldn’t have much trouble against Detroit on Friday night, and the Heat opened as 9.5-point favorites on WagerWeb.com. Check our current lines.
Detroit enters off an 85-82 loss at Chicago to drop to 4-15 on the road. Chicago’s Nate Robinson had 11 points and seven assists in 21 minutes off the bench, leading a furious fourth-quarter comeback that carried Chicago past the Pistons. Robinson put the Bulls on his back, scoring nine straight points early in the fourth as Chicago overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Detroit for the 17th straight time. Brandon Knight led Detroit with 13 points and seven assists. Kyle Singler had 12 points and made several big shots in the second half to quell potential Bulls runs. Pistons rookie Andre Drummond had eight points and seven rebounds, four on the offensive glass. He ranks second in the NBA in offensive rebounding percentage with 16.3 percent.
Detroit began the second half on an 8-0 run to extend its lead to 17, and forced 15 turnovers, but couldn’t seal its first win at the United Center since Dec. 3, 2005, a 12-game span. The last time the Pistons beat the Bulls at all was Dec. 23, 2008.
The Heat beat Toronto 123-116 in overtime on Wednesday to improve to 17-3 at home. Dwyane Wade scored 35 points, LeBron James got his 34th career triple-double, and the Heat rallied from a 15-point deficit. James finished with 31 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for Miami, getting the last board on Toronto’s final shot of the night. Wade added seven assists, including the one that set up Ray Allen for the 3-pointer that clinched the win with 59.3 seconds left in overtime.
Allen scored 18 points, Mario Chalmers scored 14 and Chris Bosh had a 12-point, 12-rebound night for Miami. The Heat finished overtime on a 13-2 run, erasing a four-point hole in their first game in six nights. Miami outrebounded Toronto 53-28, with Udonis Haslem also grabbing 10 rebounds for the Heat. The Heat are one of the worst rebounding teams in the NBA.
The Pistons surprised the Heat 109-99 in Auburn Hills back on Dec. 28. Will Bynum had 25 points and 10 assists as the Pistons won despite 35 points by James. Led by Bynum, the Detroit reserves had 64 points. Charlie Villanueva had 18 points and Austin Daye added 11. James had 35 Pts (15-22 FG), 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 6 Stl and 1 Blk. The list of players to do that while shooting better than 60% in a game over the past 25 seasons: LeBron, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley. The Heat played that game without a suspended Wade.
The Pistons have lost the last three games at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena.
WagerWeb.com trends: Pistons are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. Pistons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games. Pistons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Pistons are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Southeast. Heat are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. Heat are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. Heat are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win. Heat are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. Heat are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Central.