NBA Betting Preview: Detroit Pistons vs. Miami Heat – Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021

The Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons haven’t met yet this season, but finally get to do so on Saturday night. The Pistons are looking rather healthy right now, but the Miami Heat can’t say the same as they battle COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Despite being short-handed, don’t count this Heat team out.

Miami won’t have KZ Okpala, Meyers Leonard, Maurice Harkless, Goran Dragic, Jimmy Butler, Avery Bradley, or Bam Adebayo — all of which have missed several games now. Kendrick Nunn, Gabe Vincent, and Udonis Haslem are listed as questionable, while Tyler Herro holds day-to-day status.

On the other side of the court, the Detroit Pistons only have one player on their injury report — Killian Hayes. He won’t be suiting up for the team on Saturday, but they’ll have a full boat outside of him. With the tough start to the season they’re having, they can use a win against a depleted Heat roster.

Detroit Pistons Betting Preview: Can the Pistons snap their two-game losing streak?

The Detroit Pistons haven’t looked sharp at all this season. They lost their first four games by 10, 9, 8, and 10 points. After a 3-point victory against Boston, they lost another three games in a row. They won their second game of the year on January 8th, but have now lost two more straight games.

The Pistons are desperate for a win, especially with a pitiful 2-9 record. Jerami Grant is the only player averaging above 20 points per game with 24.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game. Saddiq Bey, Josh Jackson, Blake Griffin, and Derrick Rose are all averaging 10+ points per game.

Miami Heat Betting Preview: Will the depleted Heat snap their two-game losing streak?

The Miami Heat have struggled since they started losing players to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. It’s a shame after everything that transpired last season, which ended with a loss in the NBA Finals. They’re still a dangerous team on the offensive end, but the defense isn’t where it needs to be without their stars.

The good news is Tyler Herro has established himself as a true offensive threat night-in and night-out. He’s averaging 17.6 points (leads the team), 6.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 0.4 steals per game. Gabe Vincent has been a bright spot in everyone else’s absence, averaging 17.3 points and 4.3 assists in 3 games.

Pistons vs. Heat Betting Odds & Lines

Which team that’s desperate for a win will snap their two-game losing streak on Saturday night? BetOnline has the Miami Heat (-110) with the 2.5-point advantage over the Detroit Pistons (-110). They also have the over/under listed at 215.5 total points.

Free Betting Pick

The Miami Heat have been scraping the bottom of the bowl when putting their game plan together the past few nights. It hasn’t been easy, but they’ve still found a way to get the ball in the hoop. If they can find a way to play solid defense against a Pistons team that only averages 108.1 points per game, they might win.

And that’s exactly what I think will happen. I think a lot of it rides on the statuses of Tyler Herro and Gabe Vincent leading up to this one, but Kendrick Nunn possibly returning would give the Heat another element to their attack. We’ll see how things unfold as tip-off nears closer and closer.

Final Score Prediction 114-109, Miami Heat.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Miami Heat (-2)

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