Washington vs. Detroit Basketball Handicap Betting Preview
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Wild basketball handicap betting action continues this evening with the Washington Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons matchup. While some teaser sports betting fans might be tempted to bet on another matchup, this Eastern Conference pairing delivers some enticing action. Let’s take a look at what online sportsbooks are predicting for this Friday night matchup.
Washington Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons – Friday, January 19th
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Stream: Watch ESPN
Basketball Handicap Betting Lines:
Washington Wizards -1 (-110) 208 (-110) -118
Detroit Pistons +1 (-110) 208 (-110) -102
The Wizards leap into this evening’s matchup with a 25-20 record that ranks them 2nd in the Southeast Division. Additionally, Washington is currently ranked 5th overall in the Eastern Conference. If Washington is able to maintain their current standing, they’ll be able to make the playoff cut for the second consecutive season. At the same time, Washington is 8 ½ games behind the conference leading Celtics. So it’s still feasible for Washington to make a push for the lead in the East. They would need Boston to slip up however, which seems extremely unlikely. Online sportsbooks are siding with the Wizards this evening by the slightest of margins. Which is understandable of course, considering that Washington is 2-4 in their last 6 contests.
Without a doubt, Washington has the better talent on their roster. Specifically, the dynamic duo that is Bradley Beal and John Wall blows the Piston’s starting lineup out of the water. Beal is currently averaging 23.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per matchup. At the same time, Wall is throwing down 19.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 9.3 assists per outing. For comparison, no player on Detroit’s roster is averaging more than 18.1 points or 6 assists. With that in mind, players might want to take the Wizards over the Pistons this evening.
The Pistons swerve into this Friday night pairing flashing a 22-21 record that ranks them 4th in the Central Division and 9th in the Eastern Conference overall. At the present time, Detroit is 1-game behind the 8th seeded Philadelphia 76ers. With that in mind, it’s safe to say that the Pistons are still very much in the playoff race. However, Detroit will need to find better consistency in the final stretch of the season if they are to make the postseason cut. All in all, Detroit is 1-4 in their last 5 games.
Since both teams are struggling as of late, which way should basketball handicap betting players bet in this evening’s Washington Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons match? Firstly, bettors will want to shy away from the money line. Neither team inspires a whole lot of confidence over the other and the odds aren’t that great overall. Secondly, neither the Pistons nor the Wizards have had much luck against the totals line this season, so it’s looking like the spread is the best option for this evening’s action. Thirdly, since Detroit is 24-17-2 ATS this season while the Wizards are 19-26 against the spread, taking the Pistons is the better option overall.