Hawks vs. Pistons Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for December 23 (Atlanta Fails to Pull Away at State Farm Arena)

Larry Rupp
Atlanta Hawks vs Detroit Pistons prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
Atlanta Hawks vs Detroit Pistons prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / AP Photos/Mary Altaffer
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Hawks vs. Pistons Game Info

  • Date: Friday, December 23, 2022
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Venue: State Farm Arena -- Atlanta, Georgia
  • Coverage: BSSE and BSDET

The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Friday with 14 more games, including a battle between the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks. The Pistons rank last in the Eastern Conference with a dismal 8-26 record, while the Hawks check in ninth with a 16-16 record. We'll see if an upset is in the making.

Detroit enters on a four-game losing streak that includes a 113-93 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Atlanta has now fallen short in nine of their last 14 games after a 110-108 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. Will the Hawks get back over the .500 mark on Friday night?

Hawks vs. Pistons Odds & Spread

Hawks vs Pistons Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Hawks -9 - - - - - -450 350
  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: ATL: (-360) | DET: (+290)
  • Spread: ATL: -8.5 (-112) | DET: +8.5 (-108)
  • Total: 233.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Hawks enter this contest as clear home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 233.5 points, which is above average compared to Friday's projected totals.

Hawks vs. Pistons Betting Trends

  • The Hawks covered 37 times in 82 games with a spread last season.
  • As 9-point underdogs or greater, the Pistons went 20-14 against the spread last year.
  • The Hawks and their opponents combined to go over the point total 43 out of 82 times last season.
  • Last season, 39 of the Pistons' 82 games went over the point total.

Hawks vs. Pistons Prediction & Pick

These teams have already met twice in Detroit this season and the Hawks emerged victorious in both contests. Trae Young dropped at least 35 points in each game and gets to put on a show in front of the home crowd this time around.

Atlanta is finally starting to get healthy as well. Clint Capela is the only player listed on the injury report, as he is questionable to suit up with a calf issue. A return from the Hawks big man would provide a boost, as Capela ranks fourth in the NBA in rebounding with 12.0 boards per game. The Pistons also allow 11.7 offensive rebounds per away game, which is tied for 25th in the NBA.

Atlanta is 8-3 straight up in its last 11 games against a Central Division opponent, so I'll back the Hawks.

Final Score Prediction: Hawks: 120 | Pistons: 117

Hawks vs. Pistons Best Bet

Home-court advantage should help the Hawks squeak out a win on Friday, but asking them to cover an 8.5-point spread may be too much. Atlanta is only 1-5 against the spread (ATS) in its last six games and 12-19-1 ATS in 2022. The Pistons are a solid 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games against the Hawks, too.

While Detroit has certainly been struggling without Cade Cunningham, it has only lost by more than eight points in six of its last 20 games. The Pistons know how to keep scores close and part of the reason why is they log only 14.6 turnovers per game (No. 12 in NBA). Take the points.

Bet: Detroit Pistons +8.5 (-108)

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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