Bulls vs. Pistons: Capper's Backing Young Detroit Team +3 as the NBA Pick

Swinging Johnson

Friday, October 30, 2015 5:10 PM UTC

Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 5:10 PM UTC

Central division foes collide tonight in Detroit as the Pistons welcome the Chicago Bulls. Both teams are undefeated but here we examine which side to include in our NBA picks for Friday night.

Chicago Bulls (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS)
The Chicago Bulls have a new head coach with less emphasis on defense and more focus on a balanced offensive attack which has led to the team’s first 2-0 start since the 1996-1997 season. When last they took the court on Wednesday the Bulls traveled to Brooklyn as five-point road favorites and did not disappoint those who included them in their NBA picks with a 115-100 drubbing of the Nets.

This new look offense installed by Fred Hoiberg manifested on Wednesday night with Chicago making 53.8 percent of their shots, including 14-of-28 from three point land which was higher than the 22.3 attempts per game last year. The Bulls edition under Thibodeau had an average of 95.4 possessions which ranked them 21st in the league last season while in two games thus far under Hoiberg they have averaged north of 102. This team is geared up for a more frenetic pace with the offense firing from outside and the big boys down low banging the glass. We will see how they fare tonight against the Pistons.


Detroit Pistons (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS)
The NBA odds makers made the Pistons a pick at home in their last outing against the Utah Jazz. When the dust settled Detroit dribbled out with a 92-87 victory over the Jazz with not only two consecutive wins to start the season but more importantly a pair of ATS covers as well. The Pistons have a core group of young players led by 22-year-old big man Andre Drummond who exploded for 18 points and 19 rebounds in their opening night win over the Atlanta Hawks and came right back with another 18 point performance and “only” 10 rebounds against Utah.

One of the most encouraging signs on Wednesday night was Drummonds’s performance from the charity stripe where he hit 8-of-11 free throws after shooting a woeful 39 percent free throw shooting last season. Drummond is clearly buying into what head coach Stan Van Gundy is selling as he had this to say:

"Stan puts a lot of faith in us," said Drummond, who scored 18 points in each of Detroit's first two games while pulling down 29 total rebounds. "At the end of the day it comes down to us to close the game up."


NBA Picks
The NBA odds makers are favoring the Pistons -3 in this early season clash of what could be a preview for a playoff series down the road. Both teams have looked sharp but the season is so early that it is tough to discern if this is just a case of good early season mojo or the real deal. Nevertheless, we’ve got a case of a home team getting points that has a legitimate superstar in the making in Drummond and a shooting guard in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who is averaging 18.5 per game. I like the fact that this Detroit team is getting out on the perimeter to cover the opposition sharp-shooters limiting them to 26 percent from the three point circle.

While the Chicago Bulls look promising so too do the Pistons which means this one is a jump-ball for me. There is an enthusiasm in Detroit that has been missing in recent seasons. Down the road the Bulls may use their veteran group to overwhelm the younger teams but as of this moment I am going to side with the kids.

NBA Pick: Pistons +3 at Bovada

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