NBA Pick: Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons ‘under’ 190

LT Profits Sports Group

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 5:00 AM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 5:00 AM UTC

The Nets have gone back to playing a slow pace lately after picking it up immediately after Avery Johnson was fired, while the Pistons have played slow all year so go ‘under’.

Expect a relatively low scoring game Wednesday night when the Brooklyn Nets (28-20, 10-11 away) pay a visit to the Detroit Pistons (18-31, 13-13 home) at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, MI at 7:35 ET.

The posted total at 5 Dimes is 190 for this contest with the current odds on the ‘under’ at -108.

The Nets are coming off of a disappointing 92-83 loss to the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers last night, as the “old men” Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash combined for 38 points, helping to offset Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace both being out.

That game marked the third ‘under’ in four games for the Nets and they have now reached 100 points just twice in the last 13 games. Despite that disappointment, Brooklyn is still just four games behind the New York Knicks while in second place in the Atlantic Division.

The Nets initially played at a much faster pace once interim coach P.J. Carlesimo took over for the fired Avery Johnson, as Brooklyn was suddenly hitting 100 points with amazing regularity after doing so just a handful of times under Johnson over the first two months. With that being said however, the Nets are still 8-5 over those last 13 games despite reaching100 points only two times, as they actually seem to be more comfortable playing a methodical style.

Of course, it helps that the Brooklyn defense ranks fifth in the NBA in points allowed at only 94.5 per game, and while that is impressive, it has as much to do with the pace the Nets play at as it does with the defense itself. Despite all the running Brooklyn did immediately after Johnson’s dismissal, it still ranks dead last in the league right now with a pace rating of 90.6 possessions per game over the entire season.

Do not expect the Nets to get out of the basement in that category anytime soon, considering that they have seemingly settled in to their slow style again as of late and have continued to win with it for the most part.

The Pistons are coming off of a 99-85 loss to the New York Knicks on Monday, spoiling the Detroit debut of Jose Calderon in his first game action since being acquired from the Toronto Raptors last week. Calderon did lead the Pistons in scoring right out of the gate, but it was only with 15 points.

That game did easily stay ‘under’ the total, as even in defeat, Detroit was able to slow the pace down vs. a red-hot Knicks’ offense. The Pistons have not played as slowly as the Nets have this season, but they have not exactly been gazelles either, ranking 23rd with a pace rating of 92.8 possessions per game. When you combine that with the fact that Detroit ranks 20th in the league in effective field goal percentage and it is easy to see why they Pistons average just 94.9 points.

Since we do not envision either of these teams pushing the tempo, go ‘under’ in Motown on Wednesday.

NBA Pick: Nets, Pistons ‘under’ 190 (-108)

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