The Detroit Pistons (10-15) and Houston Rockets (17-8) will do battle at Toyota Center in Houston at 9 p.m. ET Saturday. We analyze the Pistons-Rockets odds and lines, with NBA betting advice and tips around the matchup.
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Pistons at Rockets: Key injuries
Pistons: SG Khyri Thomas (foot) is expected to remains sidelined at least another week or two. PG Reggie Jackson (spine) is out until at least early January.
Rockets: C Tyson Chandler (illness) is questionable. SG Eric Gordon (knee) is expected to be sidelined at least another seven to 10 days.
Pistons at Rockets: Odds, lines, picks and betting tips
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Rockets 122, Pistons 110
The risk to take the Rockets (-357) is just too steep, although it’s extremely unlikely the Pistons (+280) can pull off the road upset. PASS.
Line/Against the Spread (ATS)
The ROCKETS (-8.5, +105) are plus-money at home laying the points, likely because they’re just 1-4 against the spread in the past five as a favorite and they’re playing in the second end of a back-to-back. Still, they’re 4-1 ATS in the past five when working on no rest.
The Pistons (+9.5, -129) are a dismal 11-23-1 ATS in the past 35 games overall, and 2-8-1 ATS in the past 11 on the road. They’re also 0-7-1 ATS in the past eight road games against a team with a winning home record.
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Take the OVER 226.5 ( -120) with a small-unit bet. The Over is 5-2 in Detroit’s past seven overall, and 4-1 in the past five on the road against winning sides. The Over is also 5-2 in the past seven for Houston on no rest.
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