The Philadelphia 76ers will be looking for their third-straight road win when they take on the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. ET. Both teams are playing for the second time in two nights.
The Sixers are coming into Saturday’s game off of a two-game sweep over the Boston Celtics. Philadelphia defeated the Celtics 122-110 behind another fantastic performance from All-star and MVP candidate Joel Embiid. Embiid scored a team-high 38 points on an efficient 11-of-15 shooting from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds. He was one of four starters in double-figures for Philadelphia.
Detroit lost a heartbreaker at home to the Houston Rockets, 103-102 on Friday night. The Pistons have now lost three-straight games. Detroit was down by as much as 20 points in the second quarter. Jerami Grant turned in his 14th-straight 20-point outing for the Pistons, scoring 21 points to go along with eight rebounds, and three assists.
He was one of only four Pistons players that were in double figures against Houston. In his first season with Detroit, Grant is averaging 25.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in 36.5 minutes per game.
What can we expect from these two teams in the second game of a back-to-back? And can the Sixers snap their three-game road losing streak? To answer those questions and more, here is our pick against the spread and a player prop you need to watch out for.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Detroit Pistons, 8:00 p.m. ET
Pick ATS: Sixers -7
Even though they have the best record in the NBA’s Eastern conference, the Philadelphia 76ers have not fared well on the road. The Sixers have lost their last three games on a road by an average of 11 points. Out of three road losses, the Sixers did not have Embiid against the Hawks and Grizzlies. Coincidentally, Philadelphia did not cover against the Hawks and got a push versus Memphis.The Sixers may be without Embiid, who is listed as questionable with back tightness. But they still might be able to break their road losing streak and cover on Saturday night.
Philadelphia is relatively healthy, while the Pistons will be missing both Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose, which are notable losses for their offense. Griffin is a shell of his former self, but is still averaging 12.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Rose, however, is coming off the bench for the Pistons. The veteran guard is averaging 14.8 points in 23.8 minutes per game. Nevertheless, Grant will almost likely get his points, but who steps up to be Detroit’s second and third scorer remains to be seen.
Player prop: TBD
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