Utah Jazz versus Detroit Pistons Pick Prediction NBA Pro Basketball Odds Preview 3-11-2013

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The 23-42 Detroit Pistons will travel on a back to back when they face a rested 32-31 Utah Jazz in an NBA pro basketball game on Monday night. Tip off time from Utah is scheduled for 9PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.

The odds from this NBA game will come out on Monday afternoon as Paul Millsap for Utah has been listed as questionable with a knee problem.

The teams met back on January 12th with the Jazz posting the 90-87 road win at Detroit as a +2 ½ point underdog. The game landed under 192 ½ points.

Detroit has a road record of 8-22 this year. The Pistons lose their fifth straight game and eight in nine tries following a 129-97 road defeat on Sunday night to the LA Clippers as a +13 point underdog. The game finished over 197 ½ points. The Pistons fell behind 70-52 at the half in defeat. They shoot 46.9% from the floor and made 11 of 23 three pointers. Detroit allowed an embarrassing 62.5% shooting to the Clippers along with 14 of 28 from three point distance. Jose Calderon led Detroit with 18 points and four assists on 6 of 8 from the floor. It was another ugly defensive performance for the Pistons. They have now allowed 100 or greater points per game in four of five games. The Pistons had been putting up some impressive defensive numbers up until the All Star Break. But following the All Star break the team has tanked with a 2-9 record and has allowed an average of 104 points per game.

The Jazz are 22-8 straight up on their home court. They return home off a four game road trip with four straight losses. They come off the 113-84 road defeat on Saturday to the New York Knicks as a +5 ½ point underdog. The game finished over 191 ½ points. Utah was on a road back to back playing their third game in three nights in three different cities. They shoot just 38.5% from the floor and made 8 of 26 from three point distance. The Jazz was sloppy with 20 turnovers and allowed the Knicks 50% shooting. Off the bench Alec Burks had 14 points for Utah. No Jazz starter had more than 8 points. The Jazz have lost seven of their past eight games. They have struggled mightily on the defensive end of the court by allowing over 100 points in seven of their past nine games. They are trying to hold off the LA Lakers for the eighth and final seed in the Western conference playoff chase.