Rockets vs Pistons Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History & Picks – Friday, March 31, 2023

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A matchup featuring a struggling NBA team will see the Detroit Pistons (16-60) battle the Houston Rockets (18-59) at Toyota Center on March 31, 2023. The Pistons have lost seven in a row and are 1-9 over their last 10 games. They enter this matchup as 6.5-point underdogs. The over/under for the matchup is 229.5 points.

How to bet Rockets vs. Pistons

Houston Rockets vs. Detroit Pistons Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 6.5 points, with oddsmakers listing the Rockets as the favorites.

Moneyline

As for the moneyline, the Rockets have -238 odds to pick up the win, while the Pistons are listed at +195 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 229.5 points.

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Rockets vs. Pistons Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Friday, March 31, 2023
  • Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: Spor
  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • Arena: Toyota Center

Rockets vs. Pistons Betting Trends

The Rockets have played 77 games, with 30 wins against the spread. Houston has been chosen as the favorite in four games this year and has walked away with the win two times (50%) in those games. The Rockets have eclipsed the over/under in 50% of their opportunities this year (38 times in 76 games with a set point total).

Against the spread, the Pistons are 33-42-1 this season. Detroit has been the moneyline underdog 72 total times this season. Motor City has gone 14-58 in those games. Pistons games this year have hit the over 37 times in 76 opportunities (48.7%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players

Rockets

Rockets Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Jalen Green 71 21.9 3.8 3.6 0.8 0.3 2.5
Kevin Porter Jr. 55 18.7 5.5 5.8 1.3 0.3 2.2
Alperen Sengun 70 14.7 8.7 3.8 0.9 0.9 0.2
Kenyon Martin Jr. 77 12.7 5.5 1.5 0.5 0.4 0.9
Jabari Smith Jr. 74 12.6 7.2 1.3 0.6 0.9 1.6

Pistons

Pistons Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Jaden Ivey 68 15.8 3.9 5 0.8 0.3 1.5
Marvin Bagley III 38 12 6.7 0.9 0.5 0.8 0.4
James Wiseman 39 9.9 5.9 0.6 0.2 0.6 0.1
Killian Hayes 70 9.9 2.8 6.1 1.4 0.3 1
Jalen Duren 61 8.9 8.7 1.2 0.6 0.9 0
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Rockets: John Wall: Out (Abdominal), Jae’Sean Tate: Out (Knee)

Pistons: Alec Burks: Out (Foot), Cade Cunningham: Out (Shin), Hamidou Diallo: Out (Ankle), Bojan Bogdanovic: Out (Achilles), Isaiah Stewart: Out (Hip), Rodney McGruder: Out (Illness)

What you need to know about the Houston Rockets

Houston has been struggling both offensively and defensively this season, ranking second-worst in the NBA in points per game (110.4) and third-worst in points allowed per game (118.9). Offensively, the Rockets put up 110.2 points per game when playing at home, compared to 110.6 points per game away from home. The Rockets have seen an increase in scoring lately, racking up 111.3 points per game in their last 10 outings, 0.9 points more than the 110.4 they’ve scored this year.

It’s been rough sledding for Houston in terms of three-pointers, as it is amassing only 10.5 made threes per game (second-worst in NBA) and is draining just 32.5% of its attempted threes (worst). So far this season, the Rockets have taken 63.6% two-pointers, accounting for 74.1% of the team’s baskets. They have shot 36.4% from three-point land (25.9% of the team’s baskets).

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What you need to know about the Detroit Pistons

Offensively, Detroit is the third-worst squad in the league (110.7 points per game). Defensively, it is fourth-worst (118.6 points conceded per game). At home the Pistons are scoring 112.6 points per game, four more than they are averaging away (108.6). In their last 10 games, the Pistons are tallying 105.9 points per contest, compared to their season average of 110.7.

With 11.4 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 35.1% from beyond the arc, Detroit is 19th and 21st in the NBA, respectively, in those categories. The Pistons take 62.8% percent of their shots from inside the 3-point line, and 37.2% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 71.2% of the Pistons’ baskets are 2-pointers, and 28.8% are 3-pointers.

Our pick to win this game is the Rockets, and we expect that Pistons will cover the spread (Rockets -6.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 229.5 points.

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WRITTEN BY

Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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