Celtics vs Pistons Prediction NBA Picks Today 12/28

Celtics vs Pistons Prediction NBA Picks Today 12/28

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Boston Celtics vs. Detroit Pistons Preview and Prediction - KingPin Pro

Boston, MA; December 28, 2023, 5:30 p.m. EST

Spread: BOS -16.5
Over/Under: 230.5

Introduction

The Boston Celtics, with a commanding 23-6 record, face the struggling Detroit Pistons on December 28, 2023, at the TD Garden. This preview analyzes the matchup, player performances, injuries, and a final prediction.

The potential absence of key players Tatum and Brown for the Celtics could provide an opportunity for the Pistons to keep the game closer than expected.

 

Team Analysis

Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons, currently at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a 2-28 record, are led by rookie sensation Cade Cunningham, who showcased his scoring abilities with a 41-point performance in the last game.

Player Spotlight: Cade Cunningham

Cade Cunningham leads the Pistons in scoring with an average of 23.0 points per game, displaying promising skills on the court.

 

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics, boasting a 23-6 record and an undefeated home record, rely on the dynamic duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown to lead the team's offense.

Player Spotlight: Jayson Tatum

Jayson Tatum, averaging 26.9 points per game, is a key player for the Celtics. However, his availability is uncertain for this game.

 

 

Injuries

Key players, including Tatum and Brown, are listed as game-time decisions for the Celtics. For the Pistons, Isaiah Stewart is ruled out, and Ausar Thompson and Killian Hayes are game-time decisions.

 

Recent Performances

The Pistons are coming off a narrow 118-112 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on December 26, 2023. The Celtics secured a 126-115 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day.

 

Prediction

Despite being the underdogs and having the worst record in the league, the Detroit Pistons have a chance to cover the +16.5 spread against the Boston Celtics. The potential absence of Tatum and Brown for the Celtics creates an opportunity for the Pistons to keep the game relatively close.

Cade Cunningham's recent stellar performance and the uncertainty surrounding key Celtics players make this game unpredictable. The Pistons might exploit the situation and limit the Celtics' margin of victory.

Pick: Detroit Pistons +16.5

 

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