Griffin scores 37, Pistons hold off Pelicans 98-94

Blake Griffin's teammate picked an awkward  perfect time to interrupt postgame interview

Blake Griffin's teammate picked an awkward perfect time to interrupt postgame interview

Last season, the Detroit Pistons made a lot of changes to their roster via trades, including a trade that sent Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for the former Rookie of the Year victor, Blake Griffin.

Blake Griffin scored 37 points, and the visiting Detroit Pistons held off a New Orleans Pelicans rally for a 98-94 victory Wednesday night. The Pelicans are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games against a team with a road record below.400, 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a win and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games overall. The total, meanwhile, sits at 220 points and as of this writing, 51% of the public betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Pelicans to cover the point spread.

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The Pistons have gone 7-15 away from home. Detroit is 5-13 in games decided by 10 points or more.

A basket by Holiday and a 3-pointer by Darius Miller got the Pelicans within three, and after a Griffin miss, New Orleans had the ball with a chance to tie the game with less than 30 seconds to play in regulation.

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TOP PERFORMERS: Holiday has averaged 20.8 points and 4.7 rebounds for the Pelicans. Julius Randle should be owned everywhere and Jahlil Okafor, who went off for 20 points, 10 boards and two blocks on Monday, will also be a hot pickup.

The Pistons led by 10 points at halftime, and they maintained a comparable margin throughout the third quarter.

Mirotic, who averages 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds this season, suffered the injury Wednesday night against Detroit.

The Pelicans played their second consecutive game without All-Star forward Anthony Davis, who sprained his left index finger in a 128-112 loss at Portland last Friday.

Pistons Injuries: Henry Ellenson: day to day (ankle), Andre Drummond: day to day (concussion), Ish Smith: day to day (groin).

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