Detroit Pistons vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Picks March 4, 2015

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The honeymoon is finished for Reggie Jackson and the Detroit Pistons. After they got back-to-back wins in his first two games around, Jackson’s new team is now suffering a three-game losing skid, with Jackson himself fighting his shot. Detroit Pistons vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Picks March 4, 2015

reggie-jackson-pistonsThe Detroit Pistons’playoff momentum has lost a substantial number of steam after a sequence of tough losses. But they shouldn’t feel a shame much after losing to the locked-in Cavs (102-93), but the Pistons followed that up with back-to-back defeats to the struggling Knicks (121-115 in OT) and Wizards (99-95), who had lost six in a line before meeting Detroit.

After combining for 43 points from the Cavs, the Pistons’starting backcourt of Reggie Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope have completely lost their stroke. Jackson is 9-of-36 (25 percent) from the field in the past 2 games, while KCP is 9-of-26 (35 percent).

Both will have a favorable matchup to use of their slump from the Pelicans’ subpar perimeter defense. New Orleans has allowed unheralded scorers like Rajon Rondo (19 points), Will Barton (16 points) and Henry Walker (16 points) to explode offensively over its last three games.

Meanwhile, Greg Monroe has recorded back-to-back 20-point, 10-rebound performances recently from the Knicks and Wizards, both in a losing effort. With Anthony Davis still out for the Pelicans, try to find Monroe to capitalize on his defensive matchup in the undersized Dante Cunningham. Monroe had 16 points and eight rebounds in their first meeting from the Pelicans with Davis in the lineup.

It took a while, but the New Orleans Pelicans finally lost a casino game without All-Star Anthony Davis. The Pelicans had gone a perfect 5-0 (5-0 from the spread) since Davis re-injured his right shoulder from the Miami Heat on Feb. 21. However, that streak was snapped as they fell, 102-93, at the Dallas Mavericks on Monday.

With Davis and Ryan Anderson still out, the Pelicans’backcourt has stepped around provide some essential offense. Eric Gordon had 18 points from the Mavs, his third-straight game of 18 or even more points. Tyreke Evans has recorded four straight games of 15-plus points and seven-plus assists. And the newly-acquired Norris Cole has been terrific, with double-digit scoring in five of his first six games off the Pelicans bench.

Having all three playing well should help the Pelicans expose a Pistons defense that has struggled of late. Detroit is 25th in the league in defensive rating during the last 10 games.

Free NBA Picks The Pistons rebound and make the most of Davis’absence to win and cover at New Orleans. Produce a betting account now and take advantage of all of the daily NBA action at America’s top sportsbook.

 

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