5/1/2008 8:00:00 PM
The Pistons received their wake-up call at halftime of Game 4 of this series, outscoring the 76ers by 36 points since then. Look for Detroit to advance with a big win.
The Detroit Pistons have brought their “A” game vs. the Philadelphia 76ers since the second half of Game 4, and we look for them to wrap things up vs. the pesky Sixers with a handy win tonight.
[articleBanner]who2beton[/articleBanner]The Pistons overcame a 10-point halftime deficit here in Philadelphia by outscoring the 76ers 57-38 in the second half of Game 4, and they followed that up with a 17-point home win in Game 5. Detroit has a huge advantage in playoff experience here and they have won many road playoff games in the past, so look for their smothering defense to propel them to the next round here.
The Sixers took Detroit by surprise in Game 1 and again in the first game in Philadelphia, but even with those two victories, they are still only averaging 87.6 points per game in this series. Furthermore, their scoring output has decreased as the Pistons have turned up the Heat, as they scored a series-low 81 points on Tuesday.
Philadelphia may be hard-pressed to reach just 80 points tonight, paving the way for a Pistons matchup with the Orlando Magic in the Conference Semifinals.
Free Pick: Pistons -5 (-110)