Free NBA Pick: Pistons vs Knicks Odds
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(0-0) Detroit Pistons vs. New York Knicks (0-0)
Date: Saturday October 21
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York City NY
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Pistons -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 207.5
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Saturday, October 21 finds the Detroit Piston arriving at the Mecca on the second game of a back-to-back. To this point in the season the Pistons have split their games for a 1-1 record.
Conversely the New York Knicks are looking to rebound after a thorough shellacking in their road opener. After an offseason of turmoil which witnessed the loss of their superstar Carmelo Anthony and Zen Master Phil Jackson the Knicks hope to start the season at home with a big win.
Last season, the squads split their four meetings with each winning the games they hosted. The Knicks hold the all-time record having bested the Pistons 206 of their 374 matches.
Detroit is focused on a return to the playoffs after a single trip in the past eight seasons. Andre Drummond underwent a procedure in the summer to fix breathing issues with hopes it would translate into remaining on court longer. Likewise, Reggie Jackson is intent on delivering 82 healthy games after missing 30 games last season.
The arrival of Avery Bradley offers improvement on defense and a solid veteran voice off court. Bradley replaced the departing Kentavious Caldwell Pope. Still, the core of the Pistons group returns as coach Stan Van Gundy attempts to build upon constancy.
At issue for Detroit is improvements in shooting efficiency particularly from the perimeter where they ranked 28th last season and in general ball movement.
Areas of strength last season for Detroit were rebounding (4th) and maintaining control of the ball (3rd). The latter may be due to the slower pace the squad registered (22nd).
To find success this season Van Gundy needs to get his charges moving at an increased pace and finding a better balance of mid-range versus perimeter shots.
New York Knicks
New York fans are anxious to witness a competitive squad after a four year absence from the postseason. Despite playing in the Eastern Conference that berth isn’t likely to occur in 2018.
Rather, this is a franchise in rebuild mold with emphasis on developing their youthful assets. To wit, superstar Carmelo Anthony exited returning an investment of Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott.
If there is an advantage the Knicks can look to exploit it is their frontcourt depth and versatility. Coach Jeff Hornacek will have his squad pushing pace and firing up 3-point shots with regularity to capitalize on the Knicks copious efficient 3-point shooters.
Building an identity and culture for this young squad is imperative. Tasked with leading this mandate is Kristaps Porzingis. The dubbed unicorn will balance becoming a star in the league with his new role of leader.
Several youngsters will be the focus of their future core such as rookie Frank Ntilikina, returning wing man Tim Hardaway Jr. and sharpshooter McDermott.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Detroit Pistons finished 37-45 SU last season
- The New York Knicks finished 31-51 SU last season
- Detroit and New York finished 2-2 Head-To-Head last season
Free Detroit Pistons vs. New York Knicks NBA Prediction:
Both squads held home court advantage last season. With that said, the Knicks don’t have the roster depth to handle the Pistons. Nonetheless expect a close game.
Detroit will be experiencing fatigue after a heartbreaking loss the night prior. Conversely the Knicks will be rested and spurred on by the Mecca faithful.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Detroit -7
Still, look for Detroit to gut out a close victory 105-101.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Detroit 105 – New York 101
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