The Washington Wizards visit the Detroit Pistons for an Eastern Conference matchup on Wednesday evening. Washington is 14-11 after three straight losses, and Detroit enters at 4-19 after nine consecutive defeats. Kelly Olynyk (knee) is out for Detroit, with Hamidou Diallo (face) listed as questionable. Davis Bertans (stomach) is listed as questionable for Washington, with Thomas Bryant (knee) and Rui Hachimura (personal) ruled out.
Caesars Sportsbook lists Washington as a 5.5-point road favorite, and tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. The total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, or the Over-Under, is 208.5 in the latest odds.Before you make any Pistons vs. Wizards picks and NBA predictions, make sure you check out what SportsLine's advanced computer simulation model has to say.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Wizards vs. Pistons and just revealed its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see its picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Wizards vs. Pistons:
- Wizards vs. Pistons spread: Wizards -5.5
- Wizards vs. Pistons over-under: 208.5 points
- Wizards vs. Pistons money line: Washington -220, Detroit +180
- WASH: The Wizards are 4-9-1 against the spread in 2021-22 road games
- DET: The Pistons are 5-6 against the spread in the last 11 home games
Why the Wizards can cover
Bradley Beal projects as the best player on either team in this matchup. The All-Star guard is averaging 22.5 points, 5.9 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game, with Beal acting as a constant threat to explode on offense. In support, Washington has a deep, talented roster that is effective on the offensive side. The Wizards are making 46.2 percent of shots, ranking in the top ten of the NBA, and Washington is converting 54.0 percent of two-point attempts.
The Wizards are also in the top ten in free throw attempts, averaging 21.2 per game, and Washington is No. 3 in the NBA with 49.7 points in the paint per game. Detroit is also in the bottom ten of the league in defensive rating with the second-worst offense in the league and the worst overall shooting efficiency mark in the NBA this season.
Why the Pistons can cover
Detroit has notable strengths on defense, including a top-five mark in the NBA in turnover creation at 16.0 percent. The Pistons are generating 8.1 steals per game and allowing only 11.5 fast break points per game, ranking in the top ten in both categories. Washington struggles as a three-point shooting team, landing in the bottom five of the league, and the Pistons are giving up only 11.7 second-chance points per game.
On offense, Jerami Grant leads the way with 20.1 points per game, and No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham is averaging 22.0 points and 7.8 rebounds in the last four games. Detroit is in the top ten in free throw attempts (21.3 per game) and free throw accuracy (78.5 percent), with Washington ranking No. 25 in the NBA in free throw prevention on defense. The Pistons can also benefit from Washington's lack of havoc creation, with the Wizards landing at No. 29 in turnovers forced and dead-last in the NBA in steals.
How to make Wizards vs. Pistons picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the point total, with only two players projected to score 15 points or more. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the model's Pistons vs. Wizards pick at SportsLine.
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