The Detroit Pistons will continue a six game road trip when they take on the Phoenix Suns Tuesday night from the Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Pistons lost 100-87 to Portland on Saturday and take on the Kings on Monday night, while the Suns dropped a 124-110 decision to the Warriors in their latest action. Detroit recorded a 131-107 home win over the Suns in the lone meeting this season.
Pistons Playoff Hopes Fade Away
The Detroit Pistons have struggled in March and have seen their playoff hopes fade away, sitting 6.5 games back of the final playoff position. They did notch a dominating 131-107 home win against the Suns in the lone meeting this season. Andre Drummond tallied 13 points and seven rebounds in that one. The 24-year old center continues to record a double-double on most nights, placing second in the NBA with 52 on the season. Drummond is averaging 15 points and 15.8 rebounds per game. Blake Griffin only managed 17 points in the Pistons’ loss to Portland on Saturday. The 29-year old power forward is playing well, averaging 22.3 points this month, and he is currently posting an average of 21.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
The Pistons have lost three straight and seven out of their last eight games heading into Monday’s game in Sacramento to fall out of contention for a playoff spot. A big part of their issue has been their play on the road as they are carrying a terrible 9-25 road record. Detroit is struggling offensively right now, and they are averaging 102.6 points, ranking them 26th in the NBA. They are conceding an average of 104.3 points, placing them ninth in the NBA.
The Detroit Pistons are:
4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Phoenix.
20-8 ATS in their last 28 games against Phoenix overall.
The Phoenix Suns are:
1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games.
1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing road record.
I am taking the Pistons in this matchup. The Suns continue to struggle defensively, allowing an average of 119.5 points in their last 10 games, plus Detroit ranks seventh in the NBA in three point efficiency, and the Suns three-point defense ranks near the bottom of the NBA. The Suns also have Devin Booker, TJ Warren, and Tyson Chandler all questionable for this one, so scoring points could be an issue. The Suns are shooting a poor 44% on the season and the Pistons are strong enough defensively to neutralize the Suns’ scoring. Phoenix has lost by at least 15 points in five out of their last six games, and I am confident Detroit is the play in this one.