The Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons are scheduled to dance at Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit tonight. The Pistons are looking for a positive response at home following a 113-109 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers and 119-115 to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Losing to the Cavaliers is one thing, but getting tripped up versus the Trail Blazers was a bad loss for the Pistons. The good is that we weren’t talking about the Pistons expected to beat teams the last few years.
Outscored them in the fourth but came up short tonight.
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) March 22, 2022
The tide appears to be slowly changing in Detroit. The Pistons lucked out and won the draft lottery. Cade Cunningham has changed everything for the Pistons. Their future prospects look much better than they did a year ago.
There will be growing pains for the Pistons, but they are going in a good direction. They are going into Wednesday with a record of 19-53 and dead last in the East. I know that doesn’t look like much, but they’ve been much more competitive this season.
In my view, that’s a good thing for the Pistons. A double bonus in Detroit is showing that they can be competitive while guaranteeing another high draft pick. Another young stud to put with Cunningham bodes well for this team.
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) March 23, 2022
Atlanta has not been up to par this season. A record of 36-36 isn’t good enough for a team that expected much more in 2021-22.
The Hawks are coming off a 117-111 win over the New York Knicks last night. They’ve won two of their previous four games, with a good snapshot for the rest of their season.
Head below for our free Hawks vs. Pistons prediction on March 23, 2022.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Detroit Pistons Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Atlanta Hawks||-5.5 (-110)||-207||Over 227 (-110)|
|Detroit Pistons||+5.5 (-110)||+177||Under 227 (-110)|
|Team Data||Atlanta Hawks||Detroit Pistons|
|Points Per Game||113.0||104.2|
|Points Against Per Game||112.1||112.5|
|Field Goal %||46.8||42.8|
|Three Point %||37.1||32.6|
Hawks vs. Pistons Prediction:
The Hawks are currently tenth in the Eastern Conference and would barely get into the play-in tournament at this rate.
If I’m another play-in team, I wouldn’t want to see the Hawks in the postseason. Trae Young is a dangerous player that can take over games.
Having said that, the Hawks need to go back to the drawing board and do something about their defense in the offseason.
It would help if John Collins was healthy and active. The big man is an underrated forward in the paint. Even with Collins, the Hawks need help, though.
Atlanta is 25th in the NBA with a field goal percentage against of 47.1%. That’s not good, and it especially isn’t good when teams are lighting up from downtown.
A competent defense on the outside is required to have success in this era of NBA basketball. The Hawks don’t do this especially well, though, as they allow a 36.4% three-point percentage for 27th.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Detroit Pistons Betting Trends:
- 1-6 ATS in their previous seven games on the road
- 1-7 ATS in their previous eight games as a betting favorite
- OVER is 4-0 in their previous four games on a back-to-back
- OVER is 13-4 in their previous 17 games versus a team with a losing record
- OVER is 6-1 in their previous seven games versus a team with a winning percentage worse than 40%
- 5-1 ATS in their previous seven games as an underdog at home
- 12-1-2 ATS in their previous 15 games
- 8-0 ATS in their previous eight games versus the Eastern Conference
- OVER is 4-2 in their previous six games
- OVER is 5-2 in their previous seven games versus the Hawks
The Hawks’ offense led by Trae Young isn’t the problem. They are scoring well enough to be in a position to win more than 36 games at this point in the year. Atlanta is seventh with 113 points per game and a 46.8% field goal percentage.
The Hawks have been especially dangerous from three, where they are connecting at a 37.1% clip for the third-best three-point percentage in the league. Expect the Hawks to exploit a sloppy Detroit team defending the three-ball.
Detroit has allowed a 36.6% success rate from three, which is a tick worse than the Hawks for 28th in the league entering Wednesday evening. They’ve conceded a 47.3% field goal percentage and 112.5 points per game.
The total in this one should probably be in the 231 or 232 range, so the OVER is a tempting play at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit tonight.