Making on a bet on this NBA game featuring the Pistons versus the Rockets? Tip off is at at 8:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on Spac. The game will be played at Toyota Center in Houston, TX. The over/under for this non-conference contest is set at 227.5 points, with the Rockets being the favored team playing at home against the Pistons.


The Pick: Detroit Pistons +8.5

This game will be played at Toyota Center at 8:00 ET on Monday, January 1st.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 142-111 in favor of the Pistons.
  • Our projections have Cade Cunningham finishing with Cade Cunningham points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Pistons finishing with a field goal percentage of 46.0% and knocking down 14 threes.

Will the Pistons Pull Through as the Away Underdog?

With an overall record of 3-29, the Pistons have a tough matchup today against the Rockets as 8.5-point underdogs. When looking at the Eastern Conference standings, Detroit is currently 15th and 5th in the Central.

So far, the Pistons have really struggled on the road this season, going just 1-15. The average scoring margin on the road for the season is -13 points per game.

Out of their 32 games, Detroit has been the underdog 29 times and has gone on to cover the spread in three straight games as the underdog. Their overall ATS record for the season is 12-19.

The over/under record in Detroit's games is currently 20-12, and the over has hit in four straight games for them. Today's line of 227.5 is just below their average over/under line of 227.8. In their previous games with lower over/under lines than 227.5, the Pistons have gone 10-8 with the over.

In their most recent game, the Pistons had a strong offensive showing, putting up 129 points against the Raptors. They shot 50% from the field and went 35/40 from the free throw line. When it comes to three-pointers, the Pistons haven't been taking a lot, as they average just 29.8 attempts per game. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 46% and average 100.3 possessions per game.

Coming into the game, the Pistons will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 121.2 points per game (25th). Detroit's defense is currently forcing 15.7 turnovers per game, which is 30th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 17th in blocked shots, with an average of 5.2 rejections per game.

Does Houston Have What it Takes to Win as Home Favorites?

The Rockets will be looking to snap several streaks today as they host the Pistons. Houston is coming off three straight losses and has also failed to cover the spread in three straight home games. Overall, the Rockets are 15-15 and sit 10th in the West.

When playing at home, Houston has been much stronger this season with an average scoring margin of +8.6 compared to -5.3 on the road. The Rockets' home record of 12-5 is currently 20th in the Western Conference.

Against the spread, Houston has also been better at home this season, going 12-5 compared to 6-6 on the road. They have failed to cover in three straight home games and have an average home ATS record of +4.1 points per game.

Today's over/under line of 227.5 is slightly above the average over/under line for the Rockets of 221.9. This season, 26 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today's line. Houston's over/under record for the season is 12-18.

In their most recent game, the Rockets put up 127 points against the 76ers. They shot 53.8% from the field and went 15/21 from the free-throw line. Houston's offense is currently 97.9 possessions per game, which is one of the slower paces in the league. When it comes to threes, they are 16th in attempts and 19th in three-point shooting percentage.

Coming into today's game, the Rockets' defense is giving up an average of 109.7 points per contest. The Houston defense has allowed opponents to shoot 32.1% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 45.0% of their field goal attempts vs. Houston.