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NBA 2018-19: Predicted Starting Lineups and Match Prediction - Indiana Pacers vs Detroit Pistons

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25 Feb 2019, 14:30 IST

Dallas Mavericks v Detroit Pistons
Dallas Mavericks v Detroit Pistons

Indiana Pacers (14-19) vs Detroit Pistons (26-10), Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan

The Detroit Pistons will host the Indiana Pacers at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

The Pistons are coming off an impressive victory against the Miami Heat, while the Pacers beat the Washington Wizards in their last outing.

Let us see how things stand for both the teams heading into this game. 


The Indiana Pacers' perspective

New Orleans Pelicans v Indiana Pacers
New Orleans Pelicans v Indiana Pacers

The Pacers are looking good as they currently sit at the third place in the East. They have been on a winning run lately with just one loss in their last nine games.

The Pacers have been shooting 47.9 % from the field and 37.4 % from beyond the 3-point line. The offence is led by Bojan Bogdanovic and Domantas Sabonis who are averaging 16.9 ppg and 14.1 ppg respectively. The defence, on the other hand, is equally effective with players like Myles Turner guarding the paint.

The Pacers are a complete team, and in the absence of Victor Oladipo, have still managed to maintain their winning momentum.

Predicted Starting Lineup: Thaddeus Young, Bojan Bogdanovic, Kyle O'Quinn, Wesley Matthews and Darren Collison.


The Detroit Pistons' perspective

Washington Wizards v Detroit Pistons
Washington Wizards v Detroit Pistons
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The Detroit Pistons moved to the 7th place after routing the Miami Heat in their previous game. With that win, they have now won seven of their last nine games.

The Pistons are shooting 44 % from the field and 34 % from beyond the 3-point line. The offence is led by Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond who are averaging 25.9 points and 17.5 points per game respectively. Due to the presence of world-class big men in the team, they have been guarding the paint very well and will look to do the same tonight.

The Pistons are looking to cement their place in the playoffs and will look to upset the Pacers.

Predicted Starting Lineup: Blake Griffin, Bruce Brown Jr., Andre Drummond, Wayne Ellington and Reggie Jackson.


How things might unfold

The Pistons have been hot lately as they target a spot in the playoffs. They are at home and will be aggressive from the start.

Miles Turner is questionable, but reports suggest he will play tonight considering the opposition at hand. The Pacers have been up and down on the road so I am giving this one to the Pistons. 


Prediction: Detroit Pistons to beat Indiana Pacers

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