The Detroit Pistons face the Indiana Pacers on Monday night as the struggling franchise looks to end their disastrous 19-match losing streak against the defeated finalists in the NBA In-Season Tournament. Detroit will see this as an opportunity, as the Pacers may be suffering from a post-defeat final hangover. So can the Pistons use this to their advantage? In our latest NBA betting picks, we answer that question, tell you the best bets to place, and bring you the latest odds on Monday night’s showdown at the Little Caesars Arena.
- What; 2023/24 NBA Eastern Conference
- Who; Detroit Pistons vs. Indiana Pacers
- Where; Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
- When; Monday, December 11th 2023
- Time; 7 pm ET
Yes, the Detroit Pistons are having a torrid 2023/24 season in the NBA. They are currently on a 19-match losing streak, and sit bottom of the Eastern Conference with a 2-20 record. Confidence must be at an all-time low for Monty Williams and his team.
A glimmer of hope for the Pistons?
At times like this, a team may need a glimmer of hope to cling to. And although the Pacers have been in good form lately, they have just lost in the final of the NBA In-Season Tournament.
After knocking out the Celtics and the Bucks en route to the final, the Pacers were taken down by Anthony Davis and LeBron James in the final in Vegas on Saturday night.
IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT CHAMPS 🏆
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) December 10, 2023
The 123-109 loss must have felt like a real kick in the teeth for the Pacers after the franchises they defeated to reach the inaugural cup final. Monty Williams can only hope that the Pacers side that turns up on Monday evening is a deflated one that his struggling team can expose and finally get back to winning ways.
Betting to win the 2023/24 NBA Championship
There are no prizes for guessing the Pistons don’t feature in the betting to win the 2024 NBA Championship. Okay, that’s not strictly true. The Pistons do feature, but they are last in the betting at +100000 – the same odds as the Trail Blazers, the Hornets, the Spurs, and the Wizards.
As for the Pacers, they are +12500. Indiana can also be backed at -250 to make the postseason playoffs and +195 to not make it. As for the Pistons, they are +3300 to make the postseason and -30000 not to be taking part.
The favorite in the betting to win the 2024 NBA Championship is the Boston Celtics at +350. Boston is followed by the Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets, both on +400. The Phoenix Suns make up the leading four candidates at +650. The best NBA Basketball betting sites still see it as a four-horse race this year.
Detroit Pistons vs. Indiana Pacers Match Betting
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The Pacers come into the fixture having won three of their last four matches. They defeated the Heat 144-129, then in the In-Season Tournament, they beat the Celtics 122-122 and the Bucks 128-119. Sadly, for Rick Carlisle and his team, they came up short in the final, losing 123-109 to the Lakers. But their quarter and semi-final wins over the Celtics and the Bucks were impressive.
This recent form has played a huge part in the betting on this match. Even with the home-court advantage, the Pistons are the outsiders to win on the money line. The Pistons are +210 to win, with the Pacers at -260.
On the handicap points spread, the Pistons are getting a 6.5-point start. A win with the spread for Detroit is -110. The Pacers are also -110 to win and cover the 6.5 points.
Finally, the total points spread is set at 246.5. Both over and under are -110. For our odds, we only use the top-rated NBA betting sites.
|Detroit Pistons vs. Indiana Pacers
The Pacers were on a winning streak of three before Saturday’s loss to the Lakers. In the Eastern Conference this season, they are fifth with a 12-8 record. In their last ten, they are 6-4, and on the road, they have a 5-3 record.
The Pistons last tasted victory at the end of October when they defeated the Chicago Bulls 118-102. That was their third match of the season, and since then, just about everything has gone wrong. And the Pistons haven’t just been losing, they’ve been getting hammered. In recent matches, they’ve lost by margins of 32, 14, 9, 6, 26, and 19 points. In their previous game against the Pacers, the Pistons went down 136-113. That was towards the end of November.
Disastrous fourth quarter from Detroit. Turnovers down the stretch wiped away the lead and buried them.
Cade Cunningham – 31 PTS, 5 AST
Jaden Ivey – 25 PTS, 3 AST
Jalen Duren – 13 PTS, 13 REBS
The losing streak is now 13.
— Palace Pistons (@PalaceOfPistons) November 25, 2023
And it’s fair to say, things have gotten worse since.
Our Pistons vs. Pacers Betting Picks
Nothing is impossible in the NBA. And like we said, the Pacers may turn up a bit flat after their defeat to the Lakers. But looking at the match on form alone, a win for the Pacers is the only way we can go here. We make the Pacers to win and cover the 6.5-point spread our betting pick for this match.