2017-2018 NBA Previews – Pistons Odds
Looking for 2017 Detroit Pistons Predictions? We’ve got your back. The Pistons’ 2016-17 campaign was largely disappointing. The year prior they had made their return to the playoffs, and while they ultimately fell 4-0 in a first-round series to the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers, the team put up quite a fight and looked like it was on the brink of a true breakout.
Unfortunately, that never came to fruition. Stan Van Gundy’s squad dropped from 44 wins to 37 wins and failed to make the postseason.
Team Season Preview
Head Coach: Stan Van Gundy
2016-17 Record: 37-45
Detroit Pistons Odds to NBA Title: +30000
TEAM Odds to Win Conference: +7500
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Entering 2017-18, Detroit is hoping that last year’s drop-off was a fluke and that its roster changes can boost it back into postseason contention—specifically, a top-six seed to avoid a first-round matchup with either the Cavaliers or the Boston Celtics.
Detroit Pistons Strengths:
Andre Drummond has the potential to be this team’s best player. By name, he already has that title. By analytics, it belonged last season to the now-departed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
If Drummond is reaching his potential, he’s a dominant rebounder who can also block and alter shots at the rim. He’s a good put-back option on offense as well.
If Drummond fails to take a step in the right direction, the label of Pistons’ Best Player likely goes to newcomer Avery Bradley. Once known as a defensive stalwart with little offense to show, he’s now a defensive stalwart who can create a shot for himself and provide scoring from behind the arc.
Another player worth noting is Tobias Harris. He’s not great at any one thing, but he’s solid all around and can impact the game on both ends.
One player who is great at one thing—or at least is theoretically great at one thing—is rookie Luke Kennard. This team needed to add shooting this summer, and Kennard has the potential to be a lights-out three-point shooter on a roster that desperately lacks that offensive element.
Detroit Pistons Weaknesses:
Although Stanley Johnson still has time to grow into a productive player, it seems like every year he disappoints, every summer we hear about his redemption story, and then every season he lets down Pistons fans everywhere.
A former top-10 pick (No. 8, 2015), Johnson averaged just 4.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game last season while shooting 35.3 percent from the field and 29.2 percent from deep.
That, in essence, is emblematic of the overall talent level of this squad. In a league that has become infatuated with star power, the Pistons lack franchise figures—even former lottery picks like Johnson, and at a deeper level, even among the “supposed” stars like Drummond.
Detroit Pistons Betting Prediction: 39-43
Despite the question marks that surround the Pistons, there’s good news for Detroit.
There are far more questions surrounding the Eastern Conference in which they play.
Detroit, although admittedly part of the problem when it comes to competitive conference balance, has the luxury of playing in the half of the league that has no clue who is going to be in the top eight. We know squads like the Cavs, Celtics, Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors will likely make up the top four, but after that, it’s anyone’s game.
With that in mind, the Pistons have an opportunity to make the postseason, which is a good bet at this time. The addition of Bradley is huge for this squad, and the guard even has a shot at making the All-Star Game.
If Detroit really puts it together, 43-45 wins could be in play. But a safer bet at this point is anywhere between 38-40.
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