Trail Blazers vs. Pistons Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for January 2 (Portland Cruises to Easy Win at Moda Center)

Larry Rupp
Portland Trail Blazers vs Detroit Pistons prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Detroit Pistons prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / AP Photos/Jeff Chiu
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Trail Blazers vs. Pistons Game Info

  • Date: Monday, January 2, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Moda Center -- Portland, Oregon
  • Coverage: ROOT Sports NW and BSDET

The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Monday with 11 more games, including a battle between the Detroit Pistons and Portland Trail Blazers. The Pistons rank last in the Eastern Conference with a 10-29 record, while the Trail Blazers check in eighth in the Western Conference with an 18-17 record.

Detroit enters as a victor in two of its last three games after beating the Minnesota Timberwolves by a score of 116-104 on Saturday. Meanwhile, Portland has dropped four of its last five games after falling short in a 118-112 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Friday. Which team will win tonight?

Trail Blazers vs. Pistons Odds & Spread

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Trail Blazers vs Pistons Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Trail Blazers -9.5 - - 226.5 -110 -110 -450 350
  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: POR: (-430) | DET: (+340)
  • Spread: POR: -9.5 (-110) | DET: +9.5 (-110)
  • Total: 232.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Trail Blazers enter this contest as heavy home favorites on moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 10 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 232.5 points, which is above average compared to Monday's projected totals.

Trail Blazers vs. Pistons Betting Trends

  • The Trail Blazers have covered the spread 20 times in 35 games with a set spread.
  • The Pistons have been underdogs by 9.5 points or more 12 times this season and are 8-4 ATS in those games.
  • Games involving the Trail Blazers have hit the over 16 times out of 38 chances this season.
  • Pistons games this year have gone over the point total 22 times in 38 opportunities (57.9%).
  • Portland has covered the spread in the same percentage of home games as road games (57.1%). It has covered eight times in 14 games at home and 12 times in 21 games on the road.
  • This season, Detroit is 8-8-2 at home against the spread (.444 winning percentage). Away, it is 11-9-0 ATS (.550).

Trail Blazers vs. Pistons Prediction & Pick

This is one of the biggest mismatches on Tuesday's NBA slate. The Pistons have struggled to play on the road all season, posting a dismal 5-16 record and averaging only 110.0 points per game (No. 23 in NBA). Detroit is also allowing 117.6 points per away game (No. 23) on a 48.1% shooting percentage.

On the other side, the Trail Blazers have been demolishing one team after another at the Moda Center in 2022. Portland is tallying 117.4 points per home game (No. 9 in NBA) and owns an average scoring margin of +4.4 (No. 13 in NBA). It is a perfect 5-0 in its last five home games against Detroit, too.

Detroit has won just 5 of its last 20 away games, so give me the Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Final Score Prediction: Trail Blazers: 123 | Pistons: 108

Trail Blazers vs. Pistons Best Bet

Not only is Portland 5-0 straight up in its last five home games against Detroit, but it is 3-2 against the spread (ATS) during that span as well. The Trail Blazers are 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall, too. Look for head coach Chauncey Billups' team to be motivated to stay above the .500 mark on Monday.

The Pistons are only 2-5 ATS in its last seven games overall and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games against a Western Conference opponent. They are struggling to score without Cade Cunningham healthy and lack talent on the defensive side. That is not a recipe for success in today's NBA.

Bet: Portland Trail Blazers -9.5 (-110)

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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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