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2021 NBA Handicapping
(16-18) New York Knicks vs. Detroit Pistons (5-27)
Date: Wednesday, December 29th
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Little Caesars Arena Detroit, Detroit, Michigan
NBA Moneyline Odds: Knicks -219 | Pistons +205 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Knicks -6
NBA Betting Total: OFF
Wednesday, December 29th finds the New York Knicks facing the Detroit Pistons for the second time this season. New York won the initial meeting 105-91 on December 21st. They’ll meet once more in Detroit on March 27th.
Detroit last played Sunday in a 109-144 thumping at the hands of the Spurs while the Knicks played Tuesday defeating the Wolves 96-88.
New York Knicks
A few weeks ago Kemba Walker was relegated to the bench not even getting to participate as a reserve in games but injuries and COVID forced head coach Tom Thibodeau to turn to his veteran point guard and re-evaluate his stance.
Although Walker isn’t without fault and still doesn’t seem to have the similar hops he did on defense the fact Derrick Rose would be lost for weeks and Alec Burks was not living up to the expectations as the starter shifted Walker’s role.
That Kemba never pouted or went to the press or caused issues in the locker room even though the Knicks were mired in losing speaks to his professionalism and why he’s considered among his peers as an excellent teammate and leader.
In terms of the production, there’s no denying his offensive impact as he’s averaged 26 points, 8.25 rebounds, and 7.0 assists in his four games back (stats prior to the Wolves match).
Nerlens Noel and Jericho Sims are the two Knicks in protocols with both questionable to play Wednesday while Miles McBride (conditioning) and Danuel House Jr. (finger) are also questionable. Derrick Rose had ankle surgery and will be re-evaluated in eight weeks.
Eight Pistons are in health and safety protocols and all downgraded to out on Wednesday including Cade Cunningham, Killian Hayes, Cory Joseph, Trey Lyles, Rodney McGruder, Isaiah Stewart, Saben Lee, Josh Jackson, and Isaiah Stewart.
Not an ideal situation for anyone other than a team that is seeking to tank to the top draft pick — oh wait…
To that end, no team has done more obvious in-game tweaks to try to make winning more difficult than the Pistons have. The only question is whether Detroit will trade vets Jerami Grant, Cory Joseph, and Kelly Olynyk at the deadline as Troy Weaver goes draft pick hunting.
Cade Cunningham got a late start to the season courtesy of a tweaked ankle in training camp and then just as he started to find his rhythm had to go into quarantine. This coincided with Grant’s injury and the Pistons moving toward their young star getting in reps and taking over the team.
Still, for as much as Cunningham demonstrates why he was ranked as the top draft pick there are a myriad of issues to fix in Detroit. Take your pick between the 30th ranked offense or the 23rd ranked defense.
Again, I’ll point you to the tanking effort because on paper the Pistons have more talent than the OKC Thunder but their performances (and results) are night and day.
Isaiah Livers (foot) is questionable while Jerami Grant (thumb) is out indefinitely and Kelly Olynyk (knee) will miss between six and eight weeks.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Knicks are 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Knicks are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 4-6 in the teams last 10 head-to-head meetings.
Free New York Knicks vs. Detroit Pistons NBA Prediction
I’d say perfect timing for the Knicks to face the Pistons given the players that are out but when isn’t a good time to face the Pistons?
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Knicks -6
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