Utah Jazz vs. Detroit Pistons

The Utah Jazz returns home to face the Detroit Pistons from EnergySolutions Arena.  The Jazz are -7.5 point favorites over the Pistons with an over/under point total set at 191.5.

The Jazz return home from a five game road trip in which they dropped their final two games to Philadelphia and Chicago to finish up 2-3 overall. While Utah has been great at home this season, you can’t say the same for on the road as they have dropped 15 of their 20 games away from EnergySolutions Arena. The Pistons on the other hand are enjoying their best stretch of the season as they have won 11 of their last 17 overall after dropping 20 of 24 to open the season. Like the Jazz, the Pistons have struggled mightily on the road this season, winning just three of a possible 17 games.

Head to head, the Pistons are 4-11 ATS in the last 15 meetings, while the road team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the underdog is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings. The Jazz are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games, but just 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games as a home favorite of 5.0-10.5. The Pistons on the other hand are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games as an underdog, but just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 8-19 ATS in their last 27 road games.

Utah has dominated the Pistons at home for the better part of a decade and they own a great record at EnergySolutions Arena this season, however they have a couple of things going against them tonight. First off, they are playing in their first home game since returning from a five game road trip, a game which never really ends well for the home team. Secondly, the Pistons are a much improved team since the start of the season and they are actually in contention for a playoff berth this season, so this won’t be a pushover. Detroit has struggled big time on the road this season, however tonight is the first game of a five game road trip and 13 of their next 17 games are on the road, so look for the Pistons to come out strong tonight.

Pick

Detroit Pistons +7.5 Utah Jazz

March 12, 2012 by : Posted in NBA, Sportsbook No Comments

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