Free NBA Expert Picks For Tonight (Jan 19): Wizards vs Pistons Prediction
The NBA is host to seven games on Friday night. ESPN will have a double-header, with Detroit and Washington facing off in the first-time slot. The Knicks and the Jazz will play later in the night. My NBA pick for January 19 is below and the odds can be found at Sportsbetting – Don’t Miss 75% Up To $1000 Bonus. If you have thought about buying sports betting picks you should read our Pay For Picks article and take advantage of our free NBA expert picks instead of paying for them.
Washington Wizards vs Detroit Pistons Predictions
Detroit and Washington meet for the third time this season on Friday night. The Wizards enter the night with a 25-20 record, which has placed them fifth in the Eastern Conference. Detroit has gone 22-21, which has earned them the eighth seed in the East. The first meeting between these two teams was in Washington back on October 20.
Otto Porter, John Wall and Bradley Beal combined for seventy-nine points as the Wizards won the game 115-111. Reggie Jackson led the Pistons in points with twenty-one. Andre Drummond put up a poor performance as he scored only nine points and tallied twelve rebounds. Drummond fouled out as well.
The second meeting was in Washington as well. The game was on December 1. Markieff Morris dropped twenty-three points for the Wizards. Otto Porter and Tomas Satoransky each dropped seventeen points. Tobias Harris scored fifteen points, which was the team lead for the Pistons. Drummond dropped fourteen points with seventeen rebounds, but it was not enough for Detroit. Washington coasted to a 109-91 win.
This meeting will finally be held in Detroit. Washington has lost two-straight games and dropped four of their last six. Detroit enters the night on a three-game losing streak. The Pistons have lost six of their last eight games. Detroit is in a must-win mindset right now as they find themselves falling in the standings. The Wizards want to get this victory to avoid a three-game skid of their own. The Pistons are battling the injury-bug right now. Reggie Jackson and Jon Leuer are both out. Stanley Johnson, Avery Bradley and Luke Kennard are all questionable for Friday night’s matchup. The Wizards are healthy for Friday night’s games.
Washington Wizards -1 (-115) at Detroit Pistons +1 (-105)
The Pistons have a very defensive team this year, but Detroit has difficulty scoring the ball. The Pistons rank twenty-seventh in the league in points per game with 102.1. Detroit ranks second in the league for opponents points per game. The Pistons allow only 101.7 points per game on average. This will be an interesting matchup against the Wizards high powered offense.
Washington ranks sixth in the league in points per game. The Wizards score an average of 106.9 points per game. Washington is not nearly as strong on the other side of the court. Washington is twentieth in points allowed per game. Opponents score 105.3 points per game on average against the Wizards. These two teams will each be trying to control the way the game is played. Washington won this battle the first two times these teams met.
In rivalries like this, you hardly ever see a team get swept in the season series. Detroit hosts the Wizards this time around and I believe that could be the momentum push the Pistons need. The Wizards are laying a point on the road, but I believe the Pistons could win this game outright. Detroit has the better payout at -105 as well.