The Washington Wizards (24-26) take a road trip to the Little Caesars Arena for a matchup against the Detroit Pistons (13-39) on Wednesday. The Detroit Pistons sit bottom of the Eastern Conference after winning 13 of their 52 games, while 24 wins in 50 matches leave the Washington Wizards with the conference’s ninth seed. This is the second of three regular-season matchups between these teams, with the Washington Wizards leading the series 1-0.
Detroit Pistons VS Washington Wizards Betting expert picks
Detroit Pistons VS Washington Wizards Moneyline
Take the Washington Wizards to win (1.43) for the clear win on the moneyline.
It’s hard to argue with the +190 moneyline odds on a Detroit Pistons win here. The hosts are on a five-game losing skid at Little Caesars Arena and are coming off a 111-105 defeat to the Dallas Mavericks. The Washington Wizards have been in impressive form, currently riding a six-game winning streak. They have even won their last five road games in a row. The odds of them achieving another victory away from home are estimated to be 70%, as indicated by their -230 odds on the moneyline.
Detroit Pistons VS Washington Wizards Spread
Take the Washington Wizards -5.5 (1.87) to cover.
The Washington Wizards open as the 5.5 point road favorites against the Detroit Pistons, according to the sports betting sites. This suggests they should win by a comfortable margin at the very least. With the average margin of victory in the last five matchups of this series being 8.4 points, it seems as though the smart money lies in a one-score game on Wednesday.
In the last three games against the Washington Wizards, the Detroit Pistons have failed to utilize their home-court advantage, losing two times at the Little Caesars Arena by an average of 3.0 points. Taking the Detroit Pistons against the spread has been a bad call in recent weeks. They’ve failed to cover in their last five home matches and are a dismal 3-7 ATS in the past ten outings overall.
The Washington Wizards, on the other hand, have covered the spread in six of their last seven games. In their past 10 matches, the Washington Wizards went 7-3 ATS and also ended up 8-2 ATS from their ten most recent road trips.
Detroit Pistons VS Washington Wizards Total
Take the Total under 237.0 (1.91).
There has been a trend of low-scoring games between the Detroit Pistons and the Washington Wizards recently. The points have just not been there for either team. In fact, in their past ten matchups, the total only averaged 210.6 points.
For this latest showdown, the total line is available at 237.0. This is 27.8 points higher than the combined 209.2-point average the Detroit Pistons and the Washington Wizards put up in their last five meetings. Betting on the Under in the total market returns odds of -110.
The total has averaged 241.0 points in the last ten Detroit Pistons games. The total went over just once in the last five home matches for the Detroit Pistons, leaving the home team 5-5 against the total across their last 10 games overall.
As for the Washington Wizards, the average total has been 229.6 points in the away team’s past ten matches and 226.8 points in the last five on the road. Going on the road doesn’t always seem to produce the expected number of points for the Washington Wizards, as the total has gone under in four of the past five matchups away from home.
Detroit Pistons VS Washington Wizards Betting trends
- Moneyline (ML): Washington Wizards (-230) | Detroit Pistons (+190)
- Against the spread (ATS): Washington Wizards -5.5 (-115) | Detroit Pistons +5.5 (-105)
- Over/Under (O/U): 237.0 (-110) | (-110)
Detroit Pistons Form
The Detroit Pistons are on a rough patch of form. Not only did the hosts lose 111-105 to the Dallas Mavericks last time out, but they’re also on a five-match home losing streak. This leaves them 2-8 across their past 10 games overall.
Going into their latest matchup, the Detroit Pistons boast an offensive record that is more middle of the pack than elite. The hosts rank 15th in the NBA, averaging 112.6 points per game. The home team has one of the worst defenses in the league, having given up an average of 120.1 points per game.
Last year, the Detroit Pistons failed to qualify for the playoffs after a 24-58 regular season. They ended up 14th in the Eastern Conference and fifth in the Central Division. Their chances of reaching postseason play this season don’t look good either, with the home side 13-39 so far.
The Detroit Pistons enter their latest game with 4 players sidelined in Cory Joseph, Marvin Bagley III, Cade Cunningham, and Buddy Boeheim
Washington Wizards Form
The Washington Wizards went 24-26 for the season last time out by defeating the San Antonio Spurs 106-127. In their past ten matches, they’ve gone 7-3 and are also 5-0 in their last five on the road.
The Washington Wizards average 113.0 points per contest, putting them near the middle of the pack among NBA teams for most points. Defensively, the away defense is one of the best in shutting out opponents, ranking fifth in the league with 113.0 points conceded per game.
Last year, the Washington Wizards failed to qualify for the playoffs after a 35-47 regular season. They ended up 12th in the Eastern Conference and fourth in the Southeast Division. However, with a 24-26 record this season, they hold the Eastern Conference’s ninth seed, leaving them set for the Play-In Tournament.
Anthony Gill is the only reported injury concern for the Washington Wizards ahead of Wednesday’s game.
Detroit Pistons VS Washington Wizards H2H history
The Washington Wizards bagged a 120-99 win over the Detroit Pistons in the previous matchup between these two franchises. The encounter took place at the Capital One Arena in October 2022. This might well be one road trip the Washington Wizards are looking forward to, as the past ten rounds of this series make good reading for the visitors. Victory has gone their way eight times, while the Detroit Pistons came out on top two times.
In their past ten head-to-head games, the Detroit Pistons pulled off 103.2 points on average per game, whereas Washington Wizards managed 107.4 points per match.