NBA pick Boston at Detroit 11-2-10

November 2, 2010

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Boston Celtics at Detroit Pistons

Tuesday November 2, 2010 7:30 PM EST

Line: Boston -6.5

The Celtics have been on the road once this season and have came away with a loss. The Celtics were downed by the Lebron-less Cavaliers 95-87. The Pistons have yet to win a game this season though the three loses came by 10 points or less in all three, two within 3 points.

Stats to consider:

Boston Celtics:

  • 2-1 record while being 0-1 on the road.
  • Points allowed per game: 92 (4th)
  • Points for per game: 93.3 (23rd)
  • Rebounds per game: 44.7 (7th)
  • Assists per game: 27.3 (2nd)

Detroit Pistons:

  • 0-3 record while being 0-1 at home.
  • Points allowed per game: 102.3 (21st)
  • Points for per game: 97.7 (19th)
  • Rebounds per game: 41.3 (20th)
  • Assists per game: 17 (24th)

What to watch for:

  • Shaquille O’Neal will not be playing in this game. I honestly don’t think it hurts the C’s chances. O’Neal is averaging 5.3 rebounds a game as the starter while Glen Davis is averaging 5.3 as well coming off the bench. Davis is averaging 5.6 more points a game on top of rebounding for just as much. Shaq is getting less than 8.7 minutes less a game though.
  • Celtics Center Jermaine O’Neal has a bum knee already this season. He is only averaging 1.5 points a game with 2 rebounds per game and 1 block per game. The C’s might lose the battle of the bigs with the O’Neal brothers hurt.
  • Ben Gordon is having a big time resurgence to start the year. He is averaging 21.7 PPG which could be huge if Detroit wants to get anywhere this season. He is getting about 27.3 minutes a game which is 4th overall on the team. Villanueva was another addition the Pistons made last year to go along with Gordan. Both were hurt and both look like thy might be able to help this year. Villanueva has 13.7 PPG with 4 RPG.
  • The Pistons have struggled with rebounds this year and if they can find a way to out rebound the C’s, they could easily win. The bad news is the leading rebounder on the Pistons is Ben Wallace with 10.3. The closest person behind him is PF Jason Maxiell with 4.7.

This as a sports pick is relatively easy. Look for the Big 4 plus Big Baby Davis to be too much for the Pistons. The Pistons have not rebounded well this year and Ben Wallace will be no challenge for Kevin Garnett who averages 11.7 RPG. Paul Pierce is averaging 19 PPG which leads the Celtics, and also is averaging 8.3 RPG. Rajon Rondo is also averaging a whopping 16.7 APG.

Free NBA pick: Boston -6.5


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