Indiana Pacers vs Detroit Pistons Prediction, 3/20/2024 Preview and Pick
Indiana Pacers vs Detroit Pistons Prediction, 3/20/2024 Preview and Pick

Game: Indiana Pacers vs Detroit Pistons

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI

TV: Bally Sports Detroit

The Detroit Pistons (12-56) welcome the Indiana Pacers (38-31) at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday.

The Pacers took the court against the Cavaliers and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 108-103 in their last contest. In relation to personal fouls, the Pacers ended up finishing with 24 and the Cavaliers totaled 18 personal fouls. They also knocked down 12 out of their 32 tries from 3-point land. Cleveland finished the contest at 71.4% when shooting free throws by making 20 of 28 attempts. In addition, Cleveland collected 39 rebounds (9 offensive, 30 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Cleveland distributed 27 dimes and had 8 steals in the matchup. Regarding defending, Indiana allowed 47.5% from the floor on 38 out of 80 shooting. They also dished out 28 assists in this matchup in addition to forcing the opposition into 14 turnovers and having 8 steals. In regard to hauling in rebounds, they earned 45 with 14 of them being on the offensive end. From the charity stripe, the Pacers knocked down 10 of their 16 shots for a rate of 62.5%. Indiana ended the contest with a 46.2% FG percentage (42 of 91) and made 9 of 38 shots from downtown.

Pascal Siakam is someone who had an impact in the game. Siakam walked away from this one shooting 50.0% from the floor and also dished out 1 assist. He played 32 mins and grabbed 12 boards. He scored 19 points on 9 of 18 shooting.

Indiana will play this contest with a win-loss mark of 38-31 so far this season. They are averaging 122.8 points per outing (1st in the NBA) while shooting 50.4% from the floor. The Pacers are shooting 37.2% on shots from distance (907 of 2,440) and 78.2% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Indiana is collecting 41.4 rebounds per game and has accounted for 2,103 dimes for the year, which is 1st in the NBA in terms of passing. They turn it over 13.2 times per game and as a unit are committing 21.5 personal fouls per contest.

Defensively, the Pacers have forced 14.1 turnovers per game and they draw 18.6 personal fouls. They give up 37.2% on 3-pointers and they rank 28th in basketball in opponents PPG (120.9). The Pacers defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 50.0% (3,093 of 6,185) and they relinquish 43.2 rebounds per game as a group. They currently rank 6th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,706 relinquished this year.

When they last stepped on the court, the Pistons walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 119-94 against the Celtics. The Pistons were able to pull down 35 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards totaling 43 for the matchup. They coughed it up 12 times, while earning 6 steals for this game. The Celtics had 9 fouls in this matchup which took the Pistons to the charity stripe for a total of 15 attempts. They were able to knock down 13 of them for a rate of 86.7%. Concerning shooting from 3-point land, Detroit knocked down 9 of 29 tries (31.0%). When the game finished, the Pistons finished shooting 36 out of 84 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 42.9%. The Pistons permitted the Celtics to knock down 43 of their 95 tries from the field which had them sitting at 45.3% for the game. They wrapped up this game 44.9% from three-point range via 22 out of 49 and ended up shooting 11 out of 13 from the free throw line (84.6%). With respect to how they attacked the glass, Detroit allowed Boston to get 53 overall (15 on the offensive glass).

Jaden Ivey was important for the Pistons for the game. He converted 10 of 19 in this game giving him a rate of 52.6%, and accounted for 5 rebounds. Ivey earned 21 points in his 29 mins on the court and totaled 5 assists for this contest.

Detroit has a mark of 12-56 so far this season. As an offensive team, the Pistons are shooting 46.9% from the field, which is 19th in basketball. Detroit has totaled 7,595 points so far this season (111.7 per game) and they pull in 43.9 boards per game. They are earning an assist 26.2 times per contest (19th in basketball) and they turn it over 15.5 times per game. The Pistons commit 21.4 fouls per contest and they connect on 78.5% from the free throw line.

The Detroit defense allows 37.3% on shots from behind the 3-point line (819 of 2,194) and their opponents are converting on 81.0% of their foul shots. They have allowed 26.8 dimes and 42.6 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 18th and 10th in basketball. The Pistons are ranked 26th in the league in points per game surrendered with 120.1. They are able to force 12.1 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 48.9% from the field (24th in the NBA).

Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?

Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Indiana

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