NBA Betting Preview: Knicks vs. Pistons

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 6:49 PM UTC

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 6:49 PM UTC

The Detroit Pistons are favored by a couple of buckets, which means this game might be near a pick 'em on a neutral court. Where will we put our money?
<p><span style="font-size:1em">The Knicks and Pistons are both off to a slow start, but New York has been better on the road this year than at home, and they're on the road Tuesday night, meeting the Pistons at the Palace in Auburn Hills (7:30 pm ET).</span></p> <p>[gameodds]5/247766/?r3=43-19-349/dec&amp;r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p style="text-align:left"><b style="font-size:1em">Knicks-Pistons Betting Line</b></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em"></b><span style="font-size:1em">Most NBA betting outlets we consulted opened this game with Detroit favored by four points, the total proffered at 200. But in the early action </span><a href="/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" title="Check here free live NBA odds from SBR." target="_blank" style="font-size:1em">many NBA odds</a><span style="font-size:1em"> dropped the Pistons to -3.5, and the total to 198.5.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">For those who think the Knicks might win this game outright, they can get a price of around +145 on the various NBA betting moneylines.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Knicks-Pistons Game Set-Up</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">New York began this season with a win over Milwaukee, then lost three in a row. The Knicks then won at Charlotte, lost at home to San Antonio, then won at Atlanta. Since then, though, they've dropped two straight, most recently falling to the Hawks at home Saturday night 110-90.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">New York, as four-point favorites, shot just 38 percent from the floor against the Hawks, while allowing Atlanta to hit at a 56-percent clip.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">On the home side of this match-up, Detroit began this season with a win over Washington, an overtime loss at Memphis and a victory over Boston. Respectable enough. But the Pistons then lost four in a row, both SU and ATS. They then won at Sacramento, but <a href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-detroit-pistons-vs-los-angeles-lakers-a-35037/" title="See our picks from Sunday's game" target="_blank">lost to the Lakers in LA</a> Sunday night 114-99.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Detroit shot 48 percent from the floor against LA, but allowed the Lakers to shoot 52 percent, and got outscored 64-43 in the second half.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Knicks-Pistons By the Numbers</b></p> <p><img id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" alt="Image preview" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" src="/picks-pictures/bilde.jpg" style="font-size:1em" /><a href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-betting-detroit-piston-2013-14-betting-preview-a-34156/" title="See our Pistons preseason betting preview!" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:1em">Detroit ranks 16</span><sup>th</sup></a><span style="font-size:1em"><a href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-betting-detroit-piston-2013-14-betting-preview-a-34156/" title="See our Pistons preseason betting preview!" target="_blank"> in the league in FG shooting</a> at 45 percent, but dead last in both 3-point shooting at 28 percent and free-throw shooting at 69 percent. And it's hard to cover pointspreads when you can't make your free-throws.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">The Pistons also rank dead last in FG defense, allowing opponents to shoot 49 percent from the field, and 15</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size:1em"> in rebounding -0 per game.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">New York ranks 24th in shooting at 42 percent, 19</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size:1em"> from long-range at 34 percent and 12</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size:1em"> in FT shooting at 77 percent. The Knicks also rank 24</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size:1em"> in FG defense at 46 percent and 27</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size:1em"> in rebounding at -4.6 per game.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Knicks-Pistons Recent History</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Last season New York swept four games from Detroit, and covered as a favorite each game. The Knicks won 121-100 at MSG, 102-87 in London, 99-85 back at the Garden and 87-77 at the Palace.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">New York shot 46 percent from the floor in those four games combined, held the Pistons to 44-percent shooting, and for whatever reasons shot and made more free-throws than Detroit in every game. The Knicks made 78 free-throws in those four games, compared to the Pistons' 40 made FT's, and those 38 extra points came in handy covering those spreads.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Knicks-Pistons Betting Trends</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">New York is just 3-6 ATS this season, but 3-0 ATS on the road.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Detroit is 4-5 ATS this season, but 1-5 ATS over their last six games.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">The Knicks are 5-4 on the OVER/UNDERS this season, as their games have averaged 194 points.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">The Pistons are 7-2 on the totals, as their games have averaged 204 points.</span></p> <p style="text-align:center"><em>Be sure to check out SBR's <a title="SBR's Sportsbooks Reviews" href="">Free Sportsbooks Reviews</a></em></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Knicks-Pistons Injury Report</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Detroit G Chauncey Billups, who's been putting in some minutes but done little on the stat sheets, has missed recent action with a sore knee and is questionable for Tuesday night. And fellow G Will Bynum is doubtful because of a sore hammy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Over on the other bench <a href="" title="See what other bettors think of recent trade talks" target="_blank">New York is bit nicked up</a>, as G Raymond Felton, F World Peace and C Tyson Chandler are all expected to miss Tuesday's game.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Our Take on Tuesday's Game</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">This game looks like a bit of a stinker; neither team has done much this season to inspire any confidence, both are a bit banged up and neither has been shooting very well or playing much defense. But the Knicks hold a mental edge, having beaten the Pistons seven times in a row, and so far this season New York has played better ball on the road than at home. So we'll take the points with the underdog for our <a href="/nba-basketball/" title="Free NBA Picks" target="_blank">free NBA pick</a> for Tuesday.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Pick:</b><span style="font-size:1em"> Take the Knicks at the +4 points offered at Pinnacle.</span></p>
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