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2021 NBA Handicapping
(10-25) Detroit Pistons vs. New York Knicks (18-18)
Date: Thursday, March 4th
Time: 7:30 EST
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Knicks -4.5
NBA Betting Total: O/U OFF
On Thursday, March 4th the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks meet for the second time this season. The initial meeting occurred just a few days ago on February 28th with the Knicks routing the Pistons 109-90.
The Knicks hold the all-time record between the clubs with 209 wins in 385 meetings. Last season, the teams played three times with New York taking two of the three matches.
It was a good news – bad news situation for the Pistons. With the Raptors entire front row of coaches out due to COVID-19 and the loss of another five players (three from the starting unit) the league elected to shift the Tuesday match to Wednesday.
That was the good news as the Pistons got to play a severely decimated Raptors squad and get the easy win. The bad news is also means they are forced into an extra back-to-back game against the Knicks the night after giving New York the decided rest advantage.
Several Pistons shone in the victory with Mason Plumlee (14 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) and Dennis Smith Jr. (10 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists) each collecting triple-doubles.
Wayne Ellington (25 points) made eight of the Pistons twenty 3-pointers. Four of five starters reached double-digit scoring while reseves Saben Lee and Rodney McGruder each scored 20 off the bench.
Jerami Grant missed the game Wednesday due to a left quadriceps contusion and is questionable for Thursday. Blake Griffin is not with the club. The franchise and Griffin are seeking to find a trade partner or will figure out a buyout package for him.
Killian Hayes suffered a labral tear to a muscle in his hip that has caused him to miss 27 games and will keep him out until the end of March. Frank Jackson (illness) Jahlil Okafor (knee) and Delon Wright (adductor) are all out.
New York Knicks
With the Pistons game rescheduled it benefits the Knicks who get the rest advantage over Detroit. A bit unfair but that’s how the league rolls in a pandemic.
The leagues decision will essentially ensure wins for the Knicks and Celtics helping them build a lead over their Atlantic Division rival Raptors.
Based on their last game where the Spurs routed the Knicks 119-93 they are likely happy to gain that edge.
Rookie Immanuel Quickly led the Knicks in the loss scoring 25 points while Julius Randle delivered a double-double of 14 points and 11rebounds with five assists. RJ Barrett (15) and Frank Ntilikina (13) were the other double-figure contributors.
Taj Gibson (ankle), Elfrid Payton (hamstring) both missed the match Tuesday and are doubtful for Thursday. Derrick Rose (health and safety protocols) is day-to-day. Mitchell Robinson had surgery on his hand that will keep him out until after the All-Star break.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Pistons are 7-3 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The teams are 5-5 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 5-5 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Detroit Pistons vs. New York Knicks NBA Prediction:
New York has several veteran members of their core out but hold the big rest advantage given the Pistons played Wednesday and had to travel afterward.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Knicks -4.5
The game could be won or lost by the bench players and while the Pistons reserves average 42 points per game they’ll be fatigued and the Knicks have that rout fresh in mind to fuel their confidence.
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