Detroit Pistons at Boston Celtics odds, picks and best bets

The Detroit Pistons (11-17) visit the Boston Celtics (18-7) Friday at TD Garden for a 7:30 p.m. ET tip-off. We analyze the Pistons-Celtics odds and lines, with NBA betting advice and tips around the matchup.


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Pistons at Celtics: Key injuries

Pistons

  • PF Blake Griffin (knee) doubtful
  • PG Reggie Jackson (back) out
  • SG Luke Kennard (knee) doubtful
  • SF Khyri Thomas (foot) out
  • C Christian Wood (knee) out

Celtics

  • SF Gordon Hayward (foot) questionable
  • C Vincent Poirier (finger) out
  • PG Marcus Smart (eye) out
  • SG Brad Wanamaker (ankle) probable
  • C Robert Williams (hip) out

Pistons at Celtics: Odds, lines, picks and betting tips

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Prediction

Celtics 108, Pistons 96

Moneyline (ML)

The Celtics (-500) are 10-1 at home for the season, 7-3 across their last 10 games overall and coming off a 109-103 victory over the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday. The Pistons (+360) are just 4-9 on the road, 5-5 across their last 10 games and coming off back-to-back losses to the Washington Wizards (133-119) and Toronto Raptors (112-99). They’re also likely to still be without their top star in Griffin.

Boston wins this handily, but there’s far too much chalk built into the moneyline odds for the hosts. Play the spread which makes for a more competitive bet by spotting the visitors several buckets.

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Against the Spread (ATS)

Back the CELTICS (- 9.5, -106) to win by at least 10 points. They had done so in their last two victories before Wednesday’s six-point win over a much better Mavericks squad. The Pistons’ last four losses were all by margins greater than 8 points

Boston is 15-8 ATS for the season and 7-3 ATS at home. Detroit is just 11-16 ATS overall and 4-8 on the road.

Over/Under (O/U)

Take the UNDER 212.5 (+ 105) with both teams coming off a day of rest and ready for a strong defensive effort. Detroit is 15-13 against the Over/Under for the season but it’s likely to remain without Griffin and was held below 100 points last time out for the first time since Nov. 23.

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