Pistons vs. Celtics NBA Preview (3/18/24): Odds, Lineups & Injuries

Written By Editorial Team on March 18, 2024 - Last Updated on March 19, 2024
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Boston Celtics vs. Detroit Pistons (3/20/24)

The Boston Celtics host the Detroit Pistons in an NBA showdown at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. This Eastern Conference matchup will take place at the Celtics’ home court inside TD Garden. This will not be a nationally televised event.

Pistons vs. Celtics pregame odds

According to NBA betting odds, the Celtics are heavily favored in their second meeting against Detroit this season. Boston last welcomed Detroit to TD Garden in late December, beating them 128-122 in overtime. Although the Celtics didn’t hit the spread of -17.5 points, the game’s final score tallied far over the total line of 234.5 points. Current odds for Monday’s game at Massachusetts sportsbooks are below:

Odds are subject to change and vary between sportsbooks for the Pistons vs. Celtics.

Pistons vs. Celtics projected starting lineups (3/18/24)

Pistons starting lineup

PG: Cade Cunningham
SG: Jaden Ivey
SF: Ausar Thompson (game-time decision)
PF: Isaiah Stewart
C: Jalen Duren

Celtics starting lineup

PG: Jrue Holiday
SG: Derrick White (game-time decision)
SF: Jaylen Brown (game-time decision)
PF: Jayson Tatum
C: Kristaps Porzingis (game-time decision)

Projected starting lineups & injuries for each team are provided by Sportsdata.

Pistons vs. Celtics injuries for tonight’s game

The Pistons have two players listed as questionable for tonight’s matchup — guard Quentin Grimes and forward Ausar Thompson. Meanwhile, four players from the Boston roster are listed as questionable. Forwards Jaylen Brown and Sam Hauser, two players who scored 30 points each in the Celtics’ last outing, will be game-time decisions. Forward Kristaps Porzingis and guard Derrick White may also miss out on tonight’s game, in which case Al Horford and Payton Pritchard would likely see more playing time.

Team standings & stats for tonight’s game

Detroit Pistons team stats ahead of tonight’s game

The Pistons hold a record of 12-55, placing them at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Detroit has struggled this season, averaging 112 points for and 120.1 points against per game. Their recent game against the Miami Heat ended in a 104-101 loss, marking their second consecutive defeat.

  • Points per game: 112.0 (23rd)
  • Points against per game: 120.1 (26th)
  • Rebounds per game: 44.0 (12th)
  • Assists per game: 26.3 (18th)
  • FG%: 46.9 (19th)
  • 3PT%: 35.5 (22nd)

Boston Celtics team stats ahead of tonight’s game

The Celtics, leading the Eastern Conference with a record of 53-14, are on a 5-game winning streak, including a win over the Suns last Thursday. In their last game, they defeated the Washington Wizards with a score of 130-104, the team’s fourth consecutive win by 15 or more points. They average 121.0 points per game while allowing 109.6 points against them, situating Celtics odds as some of the best in the NBA.

  • Points per game: 121.0 (2nd)
  • Points against per game: 109.6 (6th)
  • Rebounds per game: 46.8 (1st)
  • Assists per game: 26.6 (14th)
  • FG%: 48.6 (9th)
  • 3PT%: 38.9 (2nd)

Player stats for Pistons vs. Celtics on March 18

Detroit Pistons leaders ahead of tonight’s game

The Pistons saw Evan Fournier leading their scoring against the Heat this past Sunday with 18 points, followed closely by Cade Cunningham with 17 points and 9 assists. Jalen Duren managed a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, highlighting the young talent within the team. Here are the top five Pistons players based on their last outing against the Miami Heat:

  • Evan Fournier (SG): 18 PTS, 4 RBS, 1 AST
  • Cade Cunningham (PG): 17 PTS, 4 RBS, 9 ASTS
  • Simone Fontecchio (F): 13 PTS, 8 RBS, 2 ASTS
  • Isaiah Stewart (C): 12 PTS, 8 RBS, 2 ASTS
  • Jalen Duren (C): 11 PTS, 10 RBS, 1 ASTS
  • Jaden Ivey (PG): 10 PTS, 1 RBS, 2 ASTS

Here are Detroit’s season leaders heading into tonight’s game:

  • Cade Cunningham (PG): 22.2 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 7.6 APG
  • Bojan Bogdanovic (SF): 20.2 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.5 APG
  • Simone Fontecchio (F): 15.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.8 APG
  • Jaden Ivey (PG): 15.2 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 3.7 APG
  • Jalen Duren (C): 14.0 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 2.6 APG

Boston Celtics leaders ahead of tonight’s game

For the Celtics, Jayson Tatum and Sam Hauser led the scoring in their last game against the Wizards, each contributing 30 points. Payton Pritchard also stood out with 14 points and 13 assists, securing a double-double. Here are the top five players for the Celtics after their last outing against the Wizards:

  • Jayson Tatum (SF): 30 PTS, 6 RBS, 6 ASTS
  • Sam Hauser (SF): 30 PTS, 6 RBS, 1 AST
  • Payton Pritchard (PG): 14 PTS, 5 RBS, 13 ASTS
  • Al Horford (C): 14 PTS, 4 RBS, 3 ASTS
  • Luke Kornet (C): 14 PTS, 6 RBS, 1 AST

With Jaylen Brown, Sam Hauser, Kristaps Porzingis, and Derrick White all listed as questionable, a number of Celtics bench players could see more playing time this evening. Oshae Brissett, Payton Pritchard, and Svi Mykhailiuk all received additional court time due to Boston player injuries. The high-powered Celtics got the 119-94 win over Detroit. Here are Boston’s season leaders heading into tonight’s game:

  • Jayson Tatum (SF): 27.1 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 4.9 APG
  • Jaylen Brown (SF): 23.1 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 3.7 APG
  • Kristaps Porzingis (C): 20.4 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.0 APG
  • Derrick White (PG): 15.1 PPG, 4.1 RBS, 5.0 APG
  • Jrue Holiday (PG): 12.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 4.9 APG
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