Charlotte Bobcats vs. Detroit Pistons: Pistons Favored by 2 Over Bobcats

The Detroit Pistons will go for their sixth win in their last eight games at home when they host the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.

Detroit is 9-2 in its last 11 games at The Palace of Auburn Hills when going up against the Bobcats, including a 97-90 win over the Bobcats back on Nov. 5.

The Bobcats opened up a six-game road trip with three straight wins, but a 103-88 loss at the Clippers on Saturday, followed by a 83-78 loss at Utah on Monday, has Charlotte needing a win in Detroit to finish the trip with a winning record.

Detroit comes into the game having lost its last three, including a 124-106 loss at New York on Sunday, but the Pistons have been solid at home, going 5-2 in their last seven and 12-10 overall at home this season.

Taking a look at the NBA spreads for tonight's game, oddsmakers have the Pistons favored by two points over the Bobcats with the total sitting at 186.

I really thought the Bobcats were going to go into Utah and beat the Jazz, especially since Deron Williams wasn't playing. Charlotte kept it close all the way to the finish but managed just 16 points in the final period.

Charlotte needs to find a way to get Gerald Wallace going offensively. Wallace had seven points in the loss against the Jazz, a total he has hit in each of his last three games. Wallace started the road trip with 19 points at Sacramento and 22 at Phoenix but hasn't been much of a factor since.

Stephen Jackson and D.J. Augustin are carrying this team offensively right now. Jackson had 24 points and eight boards against Utah, while Augustin nearly had a triple-double with 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

The Pistons have been hit hard by the injury bug lately. Rodney Stuckey and Jason Maxiell are both listed as doubtful, while Ben Wallace could miss a second straight game due to family matters.

Ben Gordon stepped into the starting lineup for Stuckey against the Knicks and responded with 35 points on 12-of-21 shooting, including 7-of-11 from three-point range. Tayshaun Prince added 16, and Greg Monroe added 15.

Offense wasn't the problem for the Pistons, as they shot 50 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from three-point range; it was their inability to play defense. Detroit allowed the Knicks to shoot 51.3 percent, and because they fouled so much, New York had 41 attempts from the free throw line, making 36.

Detroit has been a different team at home than on the road, but the losses of Stuckey and Wallace are going to be tough to overcome. I think you have to roll with the Bobcats at +2 in this one.

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