Pistons Will Put End To Knicks’ 3-Game Winning Streak Tuesday

Matthew Jordan

Monday, November 26, 2018 2:49 PM UTC

Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 2:49 PM UTC

If the Detroit Pistons hope to make the playoffs, they need to win their home games against bad teams. Like on Tuesday against the New York Knicks. Bet confidently with tips from SBRpicks.com.

New York (7-14 SU, 11-9-1 ATS) at Detroit (10-7 SU, 10-7 ATS)Tuesday, 7 p.m. ETFree NBA Pick: Pistons ATSBest Line Offered: SportsBetting

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Thus far, the Detroit Pistons’ decision to jettison coach and team president Stan Van Gundy has worked out as the Pistons seem a good bet – barring major injury – to make the playoffs for only the second time this decade. Then again, it helps an awful lot they play in the terrible East and now the powerful West.

One doesn’t think of games this early as important, but one game can make all the difference in being a playoff team or in the lottery. Just ask last year’s Denver Nuggets, who missed out on extra basketball by one game. Detroit, then, can’t be losing at home to bad teams like the Knicks.

It’s the first of four meetings between the teams – they close the regular season on April 10 at Madison Square Garden. Detroit swept last year (3-0), its first time doing so against New York since 2004-05. Tobias Harris led the Pistons in averaging 27.5 points vs. the Knicks, as he played in two of the games before being traded to the Clippers in the Blake Griffin deal. Griffin hasn’t faced the Knicks as a member of the Pistons yet. Andre Drummond averaged 20.3 points and 14.7 rebounds.

Kristaps Porzingis averaged 31.0 points in his two games vs. Detroit but is of course out rehabbing his torn ACL. Enes Kanter put up 19.5 points and 13.0 rebounds in two games.

The Pistons have won the past four in the series at home and have finished at least .500 against the Knicks in four of the last five seasons.

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Knicks Playing Better Of Late

New York was an 8.5-point road dog in Memphis on Sunday but upset the Grizzlies 103-98 for a third straight win – which followed a six-game skid. Enes Kanter was a monster with 21 points and a career-high 26 rebounds, while Tim Hardaway Jr. chipped in 22 points. The team’s leading scorer is in a bit of a shooting funk, though, making just 16 of 50 in the past three.

Kanter, meanwhile, joined Willis Reed and Patrick Ewing as just the third Knick with more than 20 points and 25 boards in a single game over the last 50 years. This is the front end of a back-to-back for New York as it visits Philly on Wednesday.

Detroit has won four of five following a 118-107 home victory over awful Phoenix on Sunday. The Pistons outscored the Suns by 12 in the fourth quarter. Drummond finished with 19 points (1-for-8 from free-throw line) and 16 rebounds – he leads the NBA in pulling down 16.1 boards per game. Griffin had 16 points and a season-high 11 assists. The team is using him more as a point forward this year. Detroit tied a season high with 30 assists.

  • Knicks are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference.
  • Pistons are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

It’s important for Detroit to win this game and Friday at home vs. Chicago because the schedule then gets much, much tougher with the next 11 against likely playoff contenders. The Pistons have covered 13 of their past 16 at home vs. teams with a winning percentage below .400. We like them for a Tuesday NBA pick.

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