The NBA is set up with a solid slate of games throughout February 11. Five games are up on the board throughout Thursday night. One of these games will be between the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons. These two teams have started this season very differently, but will look to grab a win on Thursday. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
The Pacers have earned a record of 12-13 throughout the early part of this season, which has them in sixth place of the Eastern Conference. Indiana has lost four straight games and six of their last seven. The Pacers will try to turn it around with a win in this one. Indiana had a game on Wednesday night and they will look to avoid a slow start in this one.
Detroit has put up a record of 6-18 throughout the early part of this season, which has them sitting in fifteenth place of the Eastern Conference. The Pistons are coming off a win in their last game, which ended a four game losing streak. Detroit has not gotten much going throughout this season, but will look to build off their most recent win.
These two teams have had very opposite starts to the new season. Indiana has had a strong start so far, while the Pistons are tied for the last spot in the NBA. The Pacers will look to take advantage of the mismatch in this one to get back in the win column. If Indiana can come out hot on Thursday night, they should be able to overpower Detroit.
The Pacers and the Pistons met up four times throughout last season. Indiana hosted the first game on October 23. Domantas Sabonis dropped 27 points and 13 rebounds, while Malcolm Brogdon finished with 22 points and 11 assists. Andre Drummond scored 32 points and 23 rebounds. Luke Kennard finished with 30 points off the bench to give Detroit a 119-110 win.
The second game of the season series shifted to Detroit on October 28. Domantas Sabonis finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds. T.J. Warren scored 19 points, but it was not enough for the Pacers. Christian Wood dropped 19 points off the bench. Andre Drummond scored 18 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Pistons to a 96-94 win at home.
Indiana hosted the third game of the season series on November 8. Luke Kennard scored 29 points and Langston Galloway had 19 points off the bench. This time Detroit came up short though. T.J. McConnell, Domantas Sabonis and T.J. Warren all scored 17 points for the Pacers. Justin Holiday added 16 points off the bench as Indiana earned a 112-106 win at home.
The final game of the season series moved back to Detroit on December 6. T.J. Warren dropped 26 points and Malcolm Brogdon finished with 21 points as well. Once again the Pacers could not knock off the Pistons though. Andre Drummond had 25 points and 22 rebounds, while Blake Griffin added another 25 points. Luke Kennard scored 15 points to lead Detroit to a 108-101 win.
Field Goal Shooting
Indiana has been solid shooting the ball throughout this season. The Pacers have been able to make 47.6 percent of their shots from the field, which is 7th in the NBA. Indiana is also shooting 36.6 percent from behind the arc, which is 14th in the league. The Pacers are also shooting 76.4 percent from the charity stripe, which is 18th in the NBA this season.
The Pistons have not shot well throughout this season so far. Detroit has been making around 43.3 percent of their shots from the field, which is 29th in the league. The Pistons have shot 35.5 percent from deep, which is 22nd in the NBA. Detroit has been able to make 78 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 12th in the league.
The Pacers have the clear edge shooting the ball this season and have been better on defense as well. Indiana has held opposing teams to a 46.3 percent shooting percentage from the field, which is 15th in the NBA. The Pistons have allowed their opponents to make 48.6 percent of their shots, which is 30th in the league. Detroit’s defense will need to do much better if they want to win this one.
Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis have helped lead this Pacers team this season. Brogdon is averaging 21.5 points and 6.5 assists per game. Sabonis is averaging 21 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Myles Turner has averaged 13.5 points per game. Doug McDermott and Jeremy Lamb are both averaging 13 points per game. Justin Holiday has averaged 11.5 points per game.
Jerami Grant has been the one bright side in Detroit’s season so far. Grant has averaged 24.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Josh Jackson is averaging 12.5 points per game this season. Blake Griffin has averaged 12 points per game, while Wayne Ellington is averaging 11.5 points per game. Delon Wright and Mason Plumlee have both averaged 10 points per game this season as well.
Indiana has had Brogdon and Sabonis step up to help lead their team. Indiana has also had a nice spread of scoring in this season. The Pacers are without T.J. Warren right now, which hurts them. Detroit has relied heavily on Jerami Grant to carry the offense. The Pistons will need some other players to step up if they want to earn a victory on Thursday night.
The Pacers are the much better team entering this game, but they are playing their second game in two nights. Detroit will look to use this to their advantage, but I do not think it will be enough. Indiana’s lineup is too deep for the Pistons to keep up with, especially with Derrick Rose now traded. If the Pacers can shoot well early in this one, it should help lead them to the win.
BetOnline has Indiana listed as a -3 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to the Pacers on the road. I think that this line is a little small. Indiana is coming off a game on Wednesday night, but I think that their lineup is much better than that Pistons. Detroit was able to win three of the four games this season, but I think Indiana will open up this season series with a win.