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Hornets vs Pistons Odds, Spread, & Picks (Mar. 9)

Chris Amberley

by Chris Amberley in NBA Basketball

Updated Mar 8, 2023 · 10:25 PM PST

The Hornets and Pistons battle for a loose ball
Feb 27, 2023; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Detroit Pistons center James Wiseman (13) gets a rebound from Charlotte Hornets center Mark Williams (5) and forward Gordon Hayward (20) during the second half at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
  • Charlotte is a three-point road favorite in the Hornets vs Pistons odds on Thursday
  • Detroit enters play riding a nine-game losing streak
  • Get the latest Hornets vs Pistons odds here, plus injury news and predictions

The 2022-23 season can’t end soon enough for the Pistons (15-51, 8-25 home). Detroit enters play on Thursday versus the Hornets (21-46, 10-26 away) with the NBA’s worst record, and exactly zero wins since February 10th.

Online sportsbooks don’t expect the drought to end against Charlotte, as they pegged the Hornets as the road chalk in the NBA odds.

Hornets vs Pistons Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Charlotte Hornets -3 (-110) -150 OFF
Detroit Pistons +3 (-110) +130 OFF

Charlotte is currently favored by 3 points, in a contest without a total as of Wednesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:10 pm ET at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI, and will mark the fourth and final meeting between these two teams this season.

 

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Odds as of March 8 at DraftKings Sportsbook

Hornets vs Pistons Betting Trends

Playoffs are off the table for both of these squads, as they’ve been reduced to trying to play spoiler in the NBA playoff bracket for quite some time.

The Hornets put together a fantastic stretch in the week leading up to the All-Star Break, as well as the week following it, but have cooled off since. After racking up five straight victories, Charlotte has dropped three of four. They’re playing without star guard LaMelo Ball, after he underwent ankle surgery last week, but his absence has opened up the door for a Kelly Oubre Jr. explosion.

The journeyman guard has led the team in scoring in each of the past four games, averaging 25 points per contest. He poured in 27 points on Tuesday night versus the Knicks, leading the Hornets to a rare road victory.

Charlotte also got 25 points from Terry Rozier, and clamped down defensively on New York over the final 24 minutes. They held the Knicks to a 30% field goal percentage in the second half, outscoring them by 23, and snapping New York’s nine-game winning streak along the way.

The Hornets are by no means an elite defense, but they’ve played incredibly well in their own end as of late. Believe it or not, Charlotte owns the best defensive rating over the past eight games. They’re holding enemy shooters to 106 points per 100 possessions, which 8.7 points better than their season long mark.

The Hornets offense has not been producing at the same level, but they’ve been good enough to stay in games and steal their fair share of victories. They poured in 117 points 10 days ago in their last meeting versus Detroit, but the Pistons are used to coughing up that type of production.

NBA Defensive Rating Ranks – Last 8 Games

Team Rank
Charlotte Hornets 1
LA Lakers 2
Golden State Warriors 3
Memphis Grizzlies 4
Milwaukee Bucks 5

Detroit enters play ranked 28th in defensive rating. They rank 29th in points allowed, while only San Antonio surrenders a higher field goal percentage to opposing teams.

At the other end of the court, the results have been just as miserable as they try to halt their nine-game losing streak. Detroit has an offensive rating of 108.0 during their skid, the second lowest in the NBA. Only three teams average fewer points per game this season, while they also rank in the bottom-five in field goal percentage and assists.

Hornets vs Pistons Predictions

To make matters worse, the Pistons are dealing with a bevy of injuries as well. Three starters (Cade Cunningham, Isaiah Stewart, and Bojan Bogdanovic) will miss Thursday’s game, while two others (Killian Hayes and Jalen Duren) are hopeful to return from injury.

Detroit has won just three games at home since December 28th, and we shouldn’t expect a fourth victory on Thursday. The team is in miserable form and has been decimated by injury. They couldn’t be trending down faster, while Charlotte is finally showing signs of life.

The Hornets are playing some of their best ball of the season, despite missing their best player. They’ve covered in six of their past nine contests, beating the spread by an average of 10.5 points in those victories. Charlotte has also beaten the number both times they were favored over the last month, blowing out the Pistons and Spurs by double-digits.

Pick: Charlotte Hornets -3 (-110)

 

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