Through 3 Quarters
The Portland Trail Blazers were expected to win this one, and so far that's exactly how it's playing out. After three quarters it's looking more and more like their high-powered offense is just too much for the Detroit Pistons as the Trail Blazers lead 83-62.
Portland has been relying on shooting guard CJ McCollum, who has 18 points and five assists along with four boards, and center Jusuf Nurkic, who has 11 points and five assists in addition to six rebounds. Detroit hasn't had any offensive standouts so far with all players held to 14 points or fewer.
Halftime deficits have spelled doom for the Pistons, who haves lost 93% of the games in which they were down going into the the fourth quarter.
Detroit @ Portland
Current Records: Detroit 4-16; Portland 10-11
What to Know
The Detroit Pistons haven't won a matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers since March 30 of 2019, but they'll be looking to end the drought on Tuesday. The Pistons will hit the road for the fourth straight game as they head to Moda Center at the Rose Quarter at 10 p.m. ET. Given that these two teams suffered a loss in their last game, they both have a little extra motivation heading into this contest.
Detroit was close but no cigar on Sunday as they fell 110-106 to the Los Angeles Lakers. The losing side was boosted by power forward Jerami Grant, who had 32 points in addition to six rebounds.
Meanwhile, Portland's and the Utah Jazz's game on Monday was up for grabs at halftime, but Rip City was thoroughly outmatched 76-58 in the second half. Portland ended up on the wrong side of a painful 129-107 walloping at Utah's hands. Small forward Nassir Little wasn't much of a difference maker for Portland; Little played for 26 minutes but put up just seven points on 3-for-10 shooting.
The Pistons are expected to lose this next one by 7. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread, however, as they are currently on a two-game streak of ATS wins.
The losses put Detroit at 4-16 and Rip City at 10-11. A couple stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Detroit has only been able to knock down 40.60% percent of their shots, which is the lowest field goal percentage in the league. Portland has experienced some struggles of their own as they have allowed their opponents to shoot 47.70% from the floor on average, which is the second highest shooting percentage allowed in the league. It's possible one of these Achilles' heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.
How To Watch
- When: Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET
- Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter -- Portland, Oregon
- TV: Bally Sports - Detroit
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $6.00
The Trail Blazers are a solid 7-point favorite against the Pistons, according to the latest NBA odds.
Bettors have moved against the Trail Blazers slightly, as the game opened with the Trail Blazers as a 9.5-point favorite.
Detroit have won six out of their last 11 games against Portland.
- Apr 10, 2021 - Portland 118 vs. Detroit 103
- Mar 31, 2021 - Portland 124 vs. Detroit 101
- Feb 23, 2020 - Portland 107 vs. Detroit 104
- Mar 30, 2019 - Detroit 99 vs. Portland 90
- Mar 23, 2019 - Portland 117 vs. Detroit 112
- Mar 17, 2018 - Portland 100 vs. Detroit 87
- Feb 05, 2018 - Detroit 111 vs. Portland 91
- Feb 28, 2017 - Detroit 120 vs. Portland 113
- Jan 08, 2017 - Detroit 125 vs. Portland 124
- Mar 06, 2016 - Detroit 123 vs. Portland 103
- Nov 08, 2015 - Detroit 120 vs. Portland 103
Injury Report for Portland
- Norman Powell: Out (Quadriceps)
- Damian Lillard: Out (Rest)
- Nassir Little: Out (Ankle)
Injury Report for Detroit
- Frank Jackson: Game-Time Decision (Leg)
- Chris Smith: Game-Time Decision (Knee)
- Kelly Olynyk: Out (Knee)