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Heat vs Pistons – 1/18/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Predictions

Miami Heat vs Detroit Pistons NBA Basketball Friday, Jan 18, 2019 (7:00pm est) Current Odds: Detroit -2, Total Points 207

Miami Heat Betting Trends:

Miami is 13-6 ATS in its last 19 games
Miami is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Miami’s last 9 games on the road
Miami is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Detroit

Detroit Pistons Betting Trends:

Detroit is 8-14-1 ATS in its last 23 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit’s last 5 games
Detroit is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 games at home
Detroit is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Miami

The Detroit Pistons are thrilled to have all their players back. The abundance of veteran players on the Miami Heat’s roster has some players grumbling.

Those two teams will meet at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena on Friday.

Detroit’s second unit has been fortified by the return of point guard Ish Smith and center Zaza Pachulia. Smith has played the last two games after missing more than a month with an adductor tear. Pachulia was back in action during the Pistons’ 120-115 overtime victory against Orlando on Wednesday after missing the previous eight games due to a leg contusion.

The reserves supplied 42 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists while making just two turnovers against the Magic. The Pistons (19-24) won for just the sixth time in 23 games.

“We feel whole,” coach Dwane Casey said to Detroit Free Press. “The speed of the game, the physicality is back with the second unit. The passing, the screening is back with the second unit with Zaza back. We have players that have gifts where other players have weaknesses. They kind of complement each other. You take one of those out, it really disrupts us.”

Pachulia contributed six points, three rebounds and three assists in a 15-minute stint. His screening helped to free up shooters like second-year guard Luke Kennard, who had 14 points.

“A lot of guys don’t want to screen because it’s flesh on flesh,” Casey said. “It’s not like football where you have knee pads and all that. Flesh on flesh, try to do that sometime, it’s hard. The willingness and toughness you have to have to put your body into another 200-pound guy coming at you full speed, it takes courage.”

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The Detroit Pistons are thrilled to have all their players back. The abundance of veteran players on the Miami Heat’s roster has some players grumbling.

Those two teams will meet at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena on Friday.

Detroit’s second unit has been fortified by the return of point guard Ish Smith and center Zaza Pachulia. Smith has played the last two games after missing more than a month with an adductor tear. Pachulia was back in action during the Pistons’ 120-115 overtime victory against Orlando on Wednesday after missing the previous eight games due to a leg contusion.

The reserves supplied 42 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists while making just two turnovers against the Magic. The Pistons (19-24) won for just the sixth time in 23 games.

“We feel whole,” coach Dwane Casey said to Detroit Free Press. “The speed of the game, the physicality is back with the second unit. The passing, the screening is back with the second unit with Zaza back. We have players that have gifts where other players have weaknesses. They kind of complement each other. You take one of those out, it really disrupts us.”

Pachulia contributed six points, three rebounds and three assists in a 15-minute stint. His screening helped to free up shooters like second-year guard Luke Kennard, who had 14 points.

“A lot of guys don’t want to screen because it’s flesh on flesh,” Casey said. “It’s not like football where you have knee pads and all that. Flesh on flesh, try to do that sometime, it’s hard. The willingness and toughness you have to have to put your body into another 200-pound guy coming at you full speed, it takes courage.”

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