Monday, October 2 2023

The Indiana Pacers (34-46) and Detroit Pistons (16-64) will both move within one game of completing disappointing seasons when they square off on Friday night. Indiana has lost six of its last seven games and was eliminated from playoff contention last week. Detroit is in last place in the Eastern Conference and has the worst record in the NBA overall. 

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET from Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Indiana is favored by 7 points in the latest Pacers vs. Pistons odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under is set at 232.5. Before entering any Pistons vs. Pacers picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past four-plus seasons. The model enters the final week of the 2022-23 NBA regular season a stunning 71-36 on all top-rated NBA picks this season, returning more than $3,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

The model has set its sights on Pacers vs. Pistons. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines for Pistons vs. Pacers:

  • Pacers vs. Pistons spread: Pacers +7
  • Pacers vs. Pistons money line: Indiana -285, Detroit +228
  • Pacers vs. Pistons over/under: 232.5 points
  • Pacers vs. Pistons picks: See picks here
Featured Game | Indiana Pacers vs. Detroit Pistons

Why the Pacers can cover

Detroit has lost 11 consecutive games and 22 of its last 23 overall, dropping 13 straight on the road. The Pistons have not been within single digits in any of their three games this month, losing to Brooklyn by 15 points on Wednesday. They lost franchise player Cade Cunningham early in the season and will be without Bojan Bogdanovic, Alec Burks and Isaiah Stewart on Friday. 

Indiana put up 129 points in its loss to New York on Wednesday, as T.J. McConnell had 18 points and 12 assists in 22 minutes off the bench. He is averaging 14.5 points in his last eight games, giving the Pacers a scoring punch. They have covered the spread at a 5-1-1 clip in their last seven games against Central Division opponents. 

Why the Pistons can cover

Indiana is playing without star point guard Tyrese Haliburton, who averages 20.7 points and 10.4 assists per game. Center Myles Turner, the team’s second-leading scorer and leading rebounder, has not played since March 24 and is questionable for this game, as is McConnell. The Pacers have lost six of their last seven games after being in contention for an Eastern Conference play-in tournament spot. 

Detroit covered the 14-point spread in its 118-105 loss to Miami on Tuesday, as rookie Jaden Ivey poured in 30 points in a game that the Pistons led by one point with under five minutes remaining. He added 23 points and 10 assists in a loss to Brooklyn on Wednesday, while guard R.J. Hampton had a career-high 27 points. Detroit has covered the spread in five of the last seven meetings between these teams. 

How to make Pacers vs. Pistons picks

The model has simulated Pistons vs. Pacers 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning Under, and it’s also generated a point-spread pick where one side hits almost 70% of the time. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Pacers vs. Pistons? And which side of the spread hits in almost 70% of simulations? Visit SportsLine to see which side of the Pistons vs. Pacers spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.



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