The DETROIT and the PHILADELPHIA will both be gunning for a victory on 12/10/2018 at 7:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
DETROIT PISTONS vs PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, December 10, 2018
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
|511||DETROIT||-7 (-110)||222 (-110)||220
TV: 7:05 PM
PREDICTION: PHILADELPHIA , DETROIT
Oddsmakers currently have the PHILADELPHIA listed as -7 point favorites versus the DETROIT, while the game’s total is sitting at 222.
The Philadelphia 76ers are still trying to find the right offensive structure to get the most out of both Joel Embiid and Jimmy Butler, but they will go for a sixth victory in seven games Monday night against the visiting Detroit Pistons. Butler, acquired from Minnesota last month, scored 38 points for the second straight game Friday versus Detroit with Embiid being rested.
Embiid, who missed Sunday’s practice due to a migraine that makes his status for Monday uncertain, told reporters he hasn’t been himself lately and has been frustrated with the way he has been used on the offensive end. “We sometimes have to space the floor,” Embiid told Philly.com after going 9-of-30 from the field his past two games. “A lot of times, actually, with the way our plays are set up, I tend to spend a lot of time on the perimeter. So it’s an adjustment.” Meanwhile, the Pistons are sputtering with four consecutive defeats after a 116-108 setback against New Orleans at home on Sunday afternoon and have allowed 114.5 points per game during the losing streak. Detroit’s Blake Griffin isn’t struggling though, as he is averaging 32.3 points over the last three contests – including a 31-point, 12-rebound, six-assist performance against the 76ers on Friday.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, FS Detroit, NBCS Philadelphia
ABOUT THE PISTONS (13-11): Griffin got help inside Sunday from center Andre Drummond, who scored 23 points and hauled in 19 rebounds to push his league-leading average to 15.4 boards. Langston Galloway poured in a season-high 24 points on his 27th birthday Sunday while guard Reggie Jackson was limited two – more than 13 below his average – and is 3-of-17 from 3-point range over the last four games. Reggie Bullock (10.1 points) has missed three games with an ankle injury and Stanley Johnson (9.8 points) has sat out the last two with a knee injury.
ABOUT THE 76ERS (18-9): Coach Brett Brown told reporters, “in general we have to do better at creating space for (Embiid),” but Philadelphia is averaging 115.2 points in 12 games since Butler joined the lineup. Embiid still leads the league in double-doubles with 24 and tops the team at 26.3 points per game while Butler has averaged 21.4 on 49.5 percent shooting from the field in his tenure with the 76ers. Ben Simmons was tied for third in the league with 18 double-doubles (four straight) entering Sunday and is averaging 15.3 points, nine rebounds and 7.9 assists.
1. The 76ers have won six of the last seven meetings, with the only loss being a 133-132 overtime setback on Oct. 23.
2. Philadelphia F Mike Muscala scored 18 points – his second highest output of the season – in Friday’s win at Detroit.
3. Pistons F Jon Leuer drained 8-of-10 shots from the field in the last three games and recorded 29 points in 39 total minutes over the past four.
PREDICTION: 76ers 112, Pistons 98