It’s a matchup of Eastern Conference teams in the Motor City. The Philadelphia 76ers are on the road as they travel to face the Detroit Pistons Friday night. Philadelphia was knocked off 113-102 on the road by Toronto in a matchup of the top two teams in the Atlantic Division Wednesday night. Detroit was drubbed 115-92 on the road by the Bucks in a Central Division clash Wednesday. The 76ers own a 216-156 advantage in the all-time regular season series. This season, the teams split two meetings with the home team prevailing in both contests: the 76ers claimed a 109-99 win in the last matchup on November 3.
Philadelphia 76ers Hoping to Gain Ground in Atlantic Division
Philadelphia had their four-game win streak snapped as they were knocked off by Toronto in a showdown between the top two teams in the Atlantic Division. The 76ers look to bounce back here and regain the ground they lost in Wednesday’s contest. Philadelphia led by six after the opening quarter, trailed by four at the half and by one after three quarters. The 76ers seemed to run out of steam as they were outscored 35-25 in the fourth. Philadelphia shot 45.5 percent from the field and went 11 of 35 from three point range in the contest while turning the ball over 21 times. Jimmy Butler led the 76ers with 38 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. Philadelphia is 3-9 ATS on the road this season while the over is 7-5 in those contests
The 76ers enter this game 8th in scoring offense with an average of 113.7 points per game in the early going. Philadelphia is 4th in rebounding with 48 boards per game and stands 5th in assists with 26.5 per contest. The 76ers are 21st in scoring defense by allowing an average of 111.8 points per game so far. Joel Embiid leads the team with 26.3 points plus 13.3 rebounds and 1.96 blocks per contest. Ben Simmons is averaging 15.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and eight assists per game and JJ Redick (18.7 points) is also averaging in double figures. Jimmy Butler puts up 20.6 points, 5.2 boards and 3.5 assists a night with Minnesota and the 76ers this season. Amir Johnson, Markelle Fultz, Landry Shamet and T.J. McConnell are all key pieces in Brett Brown’s rotation. Wilson Chandler made his season debut against the Pistons November 3 after missing the first nine games of the year with a hamstring injury. Philadelphia is 11th in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.2 percent from the floor. The 76ers are tied for 13th in three pointers per game (11) but stand 18th in three-point percentage as they cash in 35 percent of their shots from beyond the arc. Fultz is expected to miss three to six weeks as he undergoes rehab on his shoulder.
Detroit Pistons Seeking to Get Back in Win Column
Detroit lost their second straight game in blowout fashion after their five-game win streak as they were blasted by the Bucks. The Pistons hope that returning home can help get them back in the win column. Detroit was down nine after the opening quarter and by 11 at the half: they could draw no closer than that in the second half. The Pistons were held to just 36.8 percent shooting from the floor and went nine of 38 from three-point range while turning the ball over 20 times in the loss. Blake Griffin led the way for the team with 31 points in the loss. Detroit is 6-7 ATS at home this season while the under is 7-6 in those contests.
The Pistons are mediocre so far offensively, ranking 17th in scoring offense with 109.4 points per game. Detroit is 7th in rebounding with 47.5 boards per game and are below average sharing the ball, ranking 27th in assists with 21.3 per night. The team is 10th in scoring defense as they allow 109.5 points a game. Blake Griffin leads the Pistons with 24.9 points plus 9.1 rebounds and five assists per game. Reggie Jackson chips in 15.9 points plus 4.1 assists per contest, Reggie Bullock adds 10.1 points a night and Andre Drummond posts 18 points and 15.5 rebounds per contest. The Pistons look to Ish Smith (9.2 points), Langston Galloway, Stanley Johnson, Luke Kennard, Glenn Robinson III and Zaza Pachulia to provide depth and a scoring punch from the bench. Detroit is 30th in the league by shooting 43 percent from the floor. The Pistons are tied for 13th in the league in three-point field goals with 11 per game while ranking 28thby sinking 31.9 percent from downtown.
- Pistons are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Friday games
- Pistons are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- 76ers are 3-12 ATS in their last 15 road games
- 76ers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- 76ers are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .60