Celtics vs Pistons: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – January 3, 2021

The Boston Celtics (3-3) visit the Detroit Pistons (1-4) in a matchup of Atlantic Division teams at Little Caesars Arena, beginning at 3:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 3, 2021. The Pistons are underdogs in the game, the second matchup between the squads this season. The over/under is set at .

The betting insights in this article reflect data from DraftKings sportsbook as of January 3, 2021, 1:06 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Celtics vs Pistons Betting Odds

Injury Report as of January 3

Celtics:
Romeo Langford: Out (Right wrist),
Javonte Green: Out (Health and Safety Protocols),
Kemba Walker: Out (Left knee)

Pistons:
Frank Jackson: Day To Day (Not With Team),
Blake Griffin: Day To Day (Concussion Protocol),
Jahlil Okafor: Day To Day (Ankle)

Computer Picks

Pick ATS:
Pistons (+7.5)

Pick OU:
Under ()

Prediction:
Pistons 114 Celtics 108
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Celtics Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Jaylen Brown 6 27.5 5.2 3.2 2.0 0.8 2.0
Jayson Tatum 6 24.3 7.8 3.0 1.3 0.7 3.0
Marcus Smart 6 11.8 2.2 6.2 1.8 0.8 2.5
Tristan Thompson 5 9.2 8.6 0.8 0.2 0.8 0.0
Jeff Teague 6 8.3 2.5 2.8 2.0 0.3 1.2

Celtics Player Props

  • Jaylen Brown’s PRA prop over/under for the contest is set at 29.5, 6.3 less than his season average of 35.8.
  • Marcus Smart’s PRA prop total for the game is set at 22.5, 2.3 higher than his season average of 20.2.
  • Jayson Tatum’s three pointers made prop total for the contest is set at 2.5, 0.5 shots lower than his season average of 3.0.
  • Jeff Teague’s steals prop over/under for the contest is set at 0.5, 1.5 steals less than his season average of 2.0.

Pistons Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Jerami Grant 5 23.0 5.6 1.4 1.0 1.2 2.6
Josh Jackson 5 16.0 5.2 2.0 1.0 0.8 1.4
Delon Wright 5 9.8 3.2 3.4 0.2 0.6 1.0
Mason Plumlee 5 7.8 11.2 4.0 1.6 0.4 0.0
Svi Mykhailiuk 5 6.8 1.8 0.6 0.8 0.0 1.4

Pistons Player Props

  • Jerami Grant’s points prop total for the game is set at 13.5, 9.5 points less than his season average of 23.0.
  • Mason Plumlee’s rebounding prop total for the matchup is posted at 4.5 rebounds, 6.7 rebounds lower than his season average of 11.2.
  • Grant’s three pointers made prop over/under for the contest is set at 1.5, 1.1 shots lower than his season average of 2.6.
  • Grant’s blocks prop total for the game is set at 1.5, 0.3 blocks higher than his season average of 1.2.

Shooting Trends

  • The Celtics make 47.6% of their shots from the field this season, which is 0.2 percentage points higher than the Pistons have allowed to their opponents (47.4%).
  • Boston has a 3-1 record against the spread and a 3-1 straight-up record in games it shoots higher than 47.4% from the field.
  • Detroit has a 1-1 record against the spread and a 1-1 record overall when allowing its opponents to knock down more than 47.6% of their shots from the field.
  • The Pistons have shot at a 42.4% clip from the field this season, six percentage points below the 48.4% shooting opponents of the Celtics have averaged.
  • Detroit is 0-1 against the spread and 0-1 overall when it shoots better than 48.4% from the field.
  • Boston is 0-1 against the spread and 0-1 overall in games it allows opponents to shoot above 42.4% from the field.
  • The Celtics shoot 37.4% from beyond the arc, 0.1% higher than the 37.3% the Pistons allow to opponents.
  • Boston is 3-1 against the spread and 3-1 overall when it shoots better than 37.3% from distance.
  • Detroit has put up a 1-1 against the spread while going 1-1 overall in games this season when its opponents shoot higher than 37.4% from deep.
  • The Pistons’ three-point shooting percentage this season (32.1%) is 3.7 percentage points lower than opponents of the Celtics are averaging (35.8%).
  • Detroit has a 0-1 ATS record and is 0-1 straight-up when the team hits more than 35.8% of its three-point attempts.
  • Boston has a 1-1 ATS record and a 1-1 straight-up record in games this season it has shot better than 32.1% from three-point range.
  • The Celtics’ 11.3 made three-pointers per game this season are just 0.9 fewer made shots on average than the 12.2 per game the Pistons give up.
  • When Detroit makes more threes than its opponents, it is 1-1 against the spread and 1-1 overall. When Boston is out-shot from beyond the arc by its opponents, it is 1-2 ATS and 1-2 straight up.
  • The Pistons rank 15th in the NBA in made three-pointers, while the Celtics allow the seventh-fewest made threes in the league.

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Celtics vs Pistons Stat Rankings

Celtics Rank Celtics AVG Pistons AVG Pistons Rank
16th 109.8 Points Scored 108.4 18th
14th 111 Points Allowed 115.2 22nd
25th 42.3 Rebounds 48.4 5th
11th 10.8 Off. Rebounds 12.6 1st
21st 11.3 3pt Made 12.2 15th
22nd 22.5 Assists 23.2 19th
12th 14.7 Turnovers 15 14th

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