Free NBA Picks Today: Detroit Pistons vs Utah Jazz 12/20/22

Free NBA Picks Today: Detroit Pistons vs Utah Jazz 12/20/22
Tue 20th December 2022

The Detroit Pistons (8-24, 4-11 Home) will try to slow down one of the league’s top scoring teams when they host the Utah Jazz (17-16, 6-11 Away) on Tuesday. Utah is playing on back-to-back days after being blown out by the Cleveland Cavaliers 122-99 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse yesterday, their sixth loss in a row away from home.

Lauri Markkanen was a top performer in the loss with 24 points. The Jazz are the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Detroit lost their fourth straight home game in a close one on Sunday at Little Caesars Arena, falling to the Brooklyn Nets 124-121. Bojan Bogdanovic had 26 points in defeat to lead the team.

The Pistons are the 14th seed in the Eastern Conference. This marks the last meeting of the season between the teams. After winning the only previous season meeting against Utah 125-116 at Vivint Arena on November 23, Detroit will be aiming for a season sweep. Bogdanovic led the Pistons with 23 points, while Marvin Bagley III played a key role with 19 points.

Malik Beasley had 29 points and 11 rebounds in the loss. Markkanen and Jordan Clarkson, averaging 22.3 and 20.0 points per game, respectively, have led the Jazz in scoring this season. Both are among the league’s top scorers, as Markkanen is No. 1 and Clarkson is first.

Markkanen also has grabbed 8.3 rebounds per game, most in the NBA, while Clarkson has dished 4.5 assists per game, most in the league. Bogdanovic’s 21.3 points per game have powered the Pistons on offense. He has the No. 1 scoring average in the NBA. Isaiah Stewart is collecting 8.5 rebounds per game, most in the NBA, and Killian Hayes is tallying 5.3 assists (1st).

With 116.7 points per game, the Jazz are one of the highest-scoring offenses in the league (4th).The Jazz are 4-1 in five visits to Little Caesars Arena. Meanwhile, the Jazz are 3-5 when playing the second of a back-to-back this season and 2-3 with a rest disadvantage.

The Pistons are 2-0 with a rest advantage. Utah is 5-5 in the last 10 games with an average margin of -1.1 (116.6-117.7). Detroit has a 3-7 record over the last 10, allowing 120.5 points per game on average while scoring only 116.2 (-4.3 margin).

JAZZ HOT/COLD

(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Walker Kessler: 18.2 | 13.2 | +5.0
Mike Conley: 13.0 | 19.3 | -6.3
Points per game:
Mike Conley: 5.5 | 9.7 | -4.2
Rebounds per game:
Walker Kessler: 8.2 | 6.0 | +2.2
Assists per game:
Jordan Clarkson: 2.0 | 4.5 | -2.5

PISTONS HOT/COLD

(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Jalen Duren: 23.8 | 15.7 | +8.1
Saddiq Bey: 13.0 | 19.8 | -6.8
Points per game:
Saddiq Bey: 10.6 | 14.2 | -3.6
Rebounds per game:
Jalen Duren: 13.8 | 8.0 | +5.8
Assists per game:
Killian Hayes: 6.8 | 5.3 | +1.5

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Utah Jazz (-140)

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