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JEFF ALLEN GAME PREVIEW: MIAMI at DETROIT

JEFF ALLEN GAME PREVIEW: MIAMI at DETROIT

As we enter the final 48 hours of the NBA regular season, all but one playoff spot has been determined. That said,
there are several home courts and series matchups still undecided as is the case in our feature preview tonight,
Miami at Detroit. The (47-33) Heat are a game behind is the win column to Atlanta for the No.3 seed in the Eastern
Conference and a game ahead of Boston and Charlotte in the loss column meaning they could drop as low as the
No.6 seed and lose home court. The (43-37)  Pistons are tied with the Pacers for the seven hole in the East with two
games to play but lose in all tie-breakers to Indiana should the teams finish with identical records. Miami has a tough go of it finishing up at Boston. The Pistons finish at Cleveland tomorrow night, their likely first round opponent in the playoffs. The game opened Detroit  -3 and 202 but Miami and Under money has the line now at Pistons -2.5 and 201.

Miami has had a big second half to get to this point and they’ve done it winning on the road and without leading scorer  Chris Bosh (19.1, 7.4, 2.4) who is battling the same clotting disorder hat kept him out of the playoffs last year. DWade  (19.1, 4.1, 4.7) has done his best to keep up his end and has been healthy for pretty much the whole year having played 72 games to this point of the year. This is a deep team with plenty of talent with Whiteside, Dragic and recently acquired Joe Johnson playing very well. Justise Winslow (6.4, 5.1, 1.9) has just started to emerge in his rookie season and has been giving Spoelstra and Pat Riley lots of quality minutes in crunch time situations.

The Detroit Pistons have made tremendous strides under Stan Van Gundy but have been unable to shake the inconsistent tag. Motown has made the playoffs for the first time in seven years but you never know from night to night whether or not  you’ll get the good Pistons or the bad Pistons. Reggie Jackson (18.8, 3.2, 6.2) has taken over the leadership role in the Pistons since coming over from Oklahoma City last year. Andre Drummond (16.3, 14.8) is quickly becoming the dominant  big man in the Eastern Conference while Tobias Harris (14.7, 6.7) has fit in seamlessly since coming over from Orlando at the trade deadline.

There is a lot on the line for both teams but probably more so for the Heat who can still grab an all important home court. The Piston would not be fazed in the least by finishing last and facing Cleveland, a team that they’ve had a great deal of recent success against the Cavs. The Heat have won six of nine down the stretch but are just 1-3 L4 in this series and a  disturbing 0-4 in their L4 as a road dog. The Pistons have won three of four but are just a luke warm 7-5-1 in their L13 as  a home favorite. Miami is on on a 5-2 under run, the Pistons 4-2-1 over their L7. The under could be the way to look here as the 201 is still a pretty healthy number and the last four series meetings have not exceeded 196.

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