Thursday, December 9 2021

Through 2 Quarters

The Miami Heat typically have all the answers at home, but the Detroit Pistons are posing a tough problem. It’s still tight at halftime, with the Pistons leading 55-49.

Detroit has been riding high on the performance of power forward Jerami Grant, who has 12 points along with three boards and two steals. One thing to keep an eye out for is Luka Garza’s foul situation as he currently sits at three.

Who’s Playing

Miami @ Detroit

Current Records: Miami 11-6; Detroit 4-12

What to Know

The Miami Heat will take on the Detroit Pistons at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena after having had a few days off. Miami won’t have the home-court advantage, but they do enjoy a 10-point advantage in the spread.

It was a hard-fought contest, but the Heat had to settle for a 103-100 defeat against the Washington Wizards this past Saturday. The matchup was as close as the oddsmakers predicted, but Miami had been the slight favorite coming in. Point guard Kyle Lowry had a pretty forgettable game, finishing with only seven points on 3-for-12 shooting in his 36 minutes on the court.

Meanwhile, Detroit was within striking distance but couldn’t close the gap on Sunday as they fell 121-116 to the Los Angeles Lakers. Detroit was up 99-84 at the end of the third quarter but couldn’t hold on to the lead. Detroit’s loss came about despite a quality game from power forward Jerami Grant, who shot 5-for-9 from beyond the arc and finished with 36 points.

This next game looks promising for Miami, who are favored by a full 10 points. If their 12-5 record against the spread is anything to go by, the prospects look good for bets placed on them.

The losses put the Heat at 11-6 and the Pistons at 4-12. A couple defensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Miami comes into the contest boasting the third fewest points allowed per game in the league at 102.4. Less enviably, Detroit has allowed their opponents to shoot 48.10% from the floor on average, which is the highest shooting percentage allowed in the league. So the cards are definitely stacked against Detroit.

How To Watch

  • When: Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET
  • Where: Little Caesars Arena — Detroit, Michigan
  • TV: Bally Sports – Detroit
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $20.00


The Heat are a big 10-point favorite against the Pistons, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Heat as a 9-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Miami have won 11 out of their last 20 games against Detroit.

  • May 16, 2021 – Miami 120 vs. Detroit 107
  • Jan 18, 2021 – Miami 113 vs. Detroit 107
  • Jan 16, 2021 – Detroit 120 vs. Miami 100
  • Nov 12, 2019 – Miami 117 vs. Detroit 108
  • Mar 13, 2019 – Miami 108 vs. Detroit 74
  • Feb 23, 2019 – Detroit 119 vs. Miami 96
  • Jan 18, 2019 – Detroit 98 vs. Miami 93
  • Nov 05, 2018 – Miami 120 vs. Detroit 115
  • Mar 03, 2018 – Miami 105 vs. Detroit 96
  • Feb 03, 2018 – Detroit 111 vs. Miami 107
  • Jan 03, 2018 – Miami 111 vs. Detroit 104
  • Nov 12, 2017 – Detroit 112 vs. Miami 103
  • Mar 28, 2017 – Miami 97 vs. Detroit 96
  • Jan 28, 2017 – Miami 116 vs. Detroit 103
  • Jan 01, 2017 – Detroit 107 vs. Miami 98
  • Nov 23, 2016 – Detroit 107 vs. Miami 84
  • Apr 12, 2016 – Miami 99 vs. Detroit 93
  • Apr 05, 2016 – Miami 107 vs. Detroit 89
  • Dec 22, 2015 – Detroit 93 vs. Miami 92
  • Nov 25, 2015 – Detroit 104 vs. Miami 81

Injury Report for Detroit

  • Chris Smith: Game-Time Decision (Knee)
  • Killian Hayes: Out (Thumb)
  • Kelly Olynyk: Out (Knee)

Injury Report for Miami

  • P.J. Tucker: Game-Time Decision (Illness)
  • Duncan Robinson: Game-Time Decision (Knee)
  • Marcus Garrett: Out (Wrist)
  • Markieff Morris: Out (Neck)
  • Victor Oladipo: Out (Quadriceps)



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