Pistons vs. Jazz Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for December 20 (Utah Devours Detroit at Little Caesars Arena)

Devon Platana
Detroit Pistons vs Utah Jazz prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
Detroit Pistons vs Utah Jazz prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / AP Photos/Isaac Hale
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Pistons vs. Jazz Game Info

  • Date: Tuesday, December 20, 2022
  • Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Little Caesars Arena -- Detroit, Michigan
  • Coverage: BSDET and SportsNet RM

Five matchups are on the NBA's Tuesday, Dec. 20 schedule, including an intriguing battle at Little Caesars Arena between the Detroit Pistons (8-24) and Utah Jazz (17-16).

Success has been rare for the Pistons, who've lost five of their last six games — most recently, Sunday's 124-121 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Meanwhile, the Jazz also picked up a loss in their last outing, falling 122-99 to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.

Which of these two slumping teams will get the win Tuesday night?

Pistons vs. Jazz Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: UTA: (-146) | DET: (+124)
  • Spread: UTA: -2.5 (-110) | DET: +2.5 (-110)
  • Total: 229.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Jazz enter this contest as slight road favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 229.5 points, which is the third-highest of Tuesday's projected totals.

Pistons vs. Jazz Betting Trends

  • The Jazz compiled a 33-47-2 record against the spread last season.
  • The Pistons' ATS record as underdogs of 3 points or more was 41-30-1 last year.
  • Last season, the combined scoring went over the point total 38 times in Jazz games.
  • Out of 82 Pistons games last year, 39 hit the over.

Pistons vs. Jazz Prediction & Pick

Sometimes, home court can be advantageous to a team, but that hasn't been the case for the Pistons. On top of losing eight of their last nine home games, they've allowed opponents to score 122-plus points in each of their last six games at Little Caesars Arena.

Assuming that trend continues, I don't see how Detroit will stop Utah. The Jazz may have cooled off in recent weeks, but they're still averaging the fifth-most points (116.7) on the 13th-best shooting percentage (47.3%) in the NBA. They should also find plenty of opportunities to score since the Pistons allow 43.0 field goals made (No. 27) on a 48.6% success rate (No. 27).

Things are only going to get worse for Detroit with star player Cade Cunningham being out for the year. Back the Jazz getting their groove back tonight.

Final Score Prediction: Jazz: 125 | Pistons: 113

Pistons vs. Jazz Best Bet

FanDuel has set Jordan Clarkson's projected point total at 19.5 for the night. I'm liking his chances of hitting the over, especially after he's averaged 22.8 points in his last nine games, hitting the over in six of those outings.

He's also finished with 20-plus points in each of his last two games against the Pistons, recording a 24-point showing back in November. With Utah desperate to return to its winning ways, look for Clarkson to have a solid showing tonight.

Bet: Jordan Clarkson — Points: Over 19.5 (-122)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. 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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