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The Chicago Bulls (13-14 SU & ATS) will try to get to the .500 mark on Tuesday night when they take on the Detroit Pistons (14-11 SU, 11-14 ATS0 in NBA pro basketball sports betting action that is slated to tip off at 8 PM ET at the Palace in Auburn Hills, MI.  

Tuesday, December 23 – 8 PM ET
BetUS NBA Basketball Betting Odds: DETROIT -6.5, Total 199.5
NBA Basketball Sports Betting – Chicago Bulls at Detroit Pistons

Here are some of the NBA pro basketball sports betting trends as they relate to this matchup:

* CHI has covered three of its last ten games
* CHI has played its last five games OVER the total
* CHI has covered one of its last six road games
* CHI has lost five of its last six road games SU
* DET has covered two of its last eight games
* DET has played 12 of its last 16 games UNDER the total
* DET has covered one of its last five home games
* DET has won 16 of its last 24 home games SU
* DET has played seven of its last ten home games UNDER the total

Also…

* CHI has covered six of the last seven meetings
* CHI has won five of the last seven meetings SU
* Five of the last seven meetings have gone OVER the total
* CHI has covered six of the last eight meetings as the road team
* DET has won 17 of the last 23 meetings SU as the home team
* Seven of the last eight meetings in Auburn Hills have gone OVER the total
* CHI has had the shooting edge in five of the last seven meetings

Iverson is averaging 18.6 points a game for Detroit, with 5.7 assists a game. He scored 38 points in an overtime loss to Utah on Friday, then followed that up with 10 points against Atlanta in an 85-78 defeat on Sunday. Since he’s not an ideal point guard, the Pistons have been using Rodney Stuckey in that position. Stuckey has actually been quite a revelation, with a 4-to-1 assist-turnover ratio since he’s been in the starting lineup.

Even so, Detroit has amassed just a 10-11 record since acquiring Iverson, which is in sharp contrast to the way Denver’s fortunes have changed since they got rid of Iverson. Do you think those occurrences are just a coincidence?

No, because Iverson, who was actually once named the defensive player of the year in the Big East, is an illustration of the fact that just because you can steal the ball a couple of times a game doesn’t mean you’re a defender. Indeed, when Mike Bibby of the Hawks went wild with six three-pointers on Sunday, coach Michael Curry went nuts. Right now Detroit is allowing its opponents to hit 45.6% of their shots, and there is nothing special about that.

If the Pistons aren’t defending out there on the perimeter that’s good news for Chicago, because the Bulls don’t have any inside scoring. If there is anywhere they can be effective it’s out there, with Ben Gordon able to throw up three-pointers with some efficiency (41.3%) and Andres Nocioni sure to have more of an opportunity to do it as he picks up some of the slack left by Drew Gooden’s absence.

Detroit has quite a bit they still have to prove but early indications are that the three-guard lineup, with the 6’5″ Stuckey and the 6’6″ Richard Hamilton, could ultimately be successful. We just don’t trust Chicago on the road – the Bulls have dropped five of six on the trail, both straight-up and against the number, and it’s been over a month since they have gotten to within seven points in one of their road losses. Vinny Del Negro’s team is short-handed right now, especially if Tyrus Thomas, the thin, disappointing “power” forward, is still sitting out with his concussion.

We’re doing this with a little caution, but still laying the points with Detroit, the 6.5-point favorite in the BetUS Sportsbook NBA pro basketball sports betting odds.

Our PLAY: DETROIT -6.5 **

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