Boston Celtics vs Detroit Pistons 1/3/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Boston Celtics vs Detroit Pistons 1/3/2021 Picks Predictions Previews
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The Boston Celtics will meet the Pistons at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan on Jan. 3, 2021, 3:00 PM, ET. Boston saw their 2-game winning spree brought to a halt after falling short to the Pistons in their last road game, 93-96, at Little Caesars Arena. Before bowing to Detroit, Boston was on a 2-game winning streak, defeating Indiana at 116-111 and  Memphis at 126-107. Boston is currently tied in 8th place at 3-3 in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics started their season with a 122-121 close win over  Milwaukee.

The duo of SG Jaylen Brown and PF Jayson Tatum led Boston against the Pistons. Brown tops in points with 27.5 points per game followed by Tatum with 24.3 points per outing in its first 6 games of this season. C Tristan Thompson heads the team in the rebounds department with 8.6 boards per outing while PG Marcus Smart tops in assists at 8.6 assists per game. Boston will still miss PG Kemba Walker due to a left knee injury that sidelined him early in this season. The Celtics tallied 109.8 points per game with a field goal percentage of 47.6 % while limiting opponents to 111.0 ppg. Boston is currently averaging 42.3 rebounds, 22.5 assists, and 7.0 blocks per game. They top the league in steals along with the Cleveland Cavaliers with 11.0 steals per game. The team is 10-5  SU in its last 15 matches against Detroit and are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on the road.

Boston Celtics vs Detroit Pistons Predictions 1/3/2021

Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons will play their 2nd game against the Boston Celtics after winning their first matchup of the season yesterday. The Pistons finally barged into the winning column with the win over Boston last night after losing their first 4 games of the season. Detroit carries a 1-4 win-loss card after 5 games and is 14th in the Western Conference standings.

PF Jerami Grant led Detroit with 23.0 points and 1.4 blocks per game. SF Josh Jackson and PG Derrick Rose are steady offensive contributors. Jackson and Rose are chipping in 16.0 and 15.0 points per outing. Adding defensive strength to the Pistons is C Mason Plumlee who leads in rebounds and steals output. Plumlee is averaging 11.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. Pistons PF Blake Griffin remains probable to play due to a concussion he suffered in the game against the Golden State Warriors last Tuesday. Griffin is averaging 16.3 points along with 6.0 rebounds per game. The Pistons are at the moment averaging 108.4 ppg at 42.4% from the field while limiting opponents to 115.2 ppg. Houston earned 48.4 rebounds, 23.2 assists, 7.6 steals, and 3.8 blocks per game in its first 5 games this season. The team’s totals have gone over in 4 of their last 6 games against Boston and are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games this season.

Boston Celtics vs Detroit Pistons. The NBA pick for this game is Boston -7.5. Detroit is 1-0 against the Celtics this season. Celtics PG Kemba Walker is officially listed out in this game due to a knee injury. Pistons PF Blake Griffin is in a game-time decision to play or sit on the bench. The odds favor the Celtics to a predicted score of 116-105.

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Boston Celtics vs Detroit Pistons 1/3/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NBA Starting Time: 3:00 PM EST 

Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan

Date: Jan. 3, 2021

TV: NBATV, Fox Sports Detroit, NBC Sports Boston

NBA Odds: Boston Celtics -7.5

NBA Total Odds: 219.5

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