After a tough start to the season, the Detroit Pistons (13-22) are on a small run, as they are looking to extend their winning streak to 5 games. Looking at the current NBA betting lines, they have a legitimate chance of doing just that, as they host a young inexperienced Charlotte Bobcats (8-24) squad.
Tip-off is scheduled for Sunday, 7:30 pm at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan.
The NBA odds makers at 5Dimes Sportbook are currently listing the Pistons as a heavy 9 point betting favorite, and the total for the game is 194.
A win is a win......
In Detroit's most recent game, they pulled off a victory over a tough Atlanta Hawks team, 85-84. Andre Drummond blocked shot as the buzzer sounded to help Detroit secure the victory. This was a game that saw the Pistons up by as much as 19 points, but they almost let the game slip away, as they luckily managed to protect their winning streak with a 1 point victory.
Detroit outrebounded Atlanta 56-38 and the bench outscored the Hawks 41-14 and that was the difference in the ball game. Austin Daye, coming off of the bench, led the way for Detroit with 20 points and 6 rebounds on 9 of 11 shooting from the field. This was a total team effort and a solid win despite Atlanta's comeback.
Detroit bench doing the job
The Pistons bench has played exceptionally well over the last 7 games, averaging 52.4 points per game. Detroit has managed to keep their starters fresh while going with the hot hand.
Players such as Andre Drummond, Rodney Stuckey, and Austin Daye have really made the difference for the Motown ballers. In his last two games alone, Daye is averaging 16.5 points and 4 rebounds in just 21.5 minutes of play per game. A couple of years ago, Rodney Stuckey was the Pistons leading scorer. He's always capable of putting up 20 points at any time and is coming off of a 10 point contribution in limited time against the Hawks.
Even coming off of the bench, Andre Drummond is leading the Pistons in rebounding at 7.3 rebounds per game to go along with his 7 points per game. This is a mountain of a man at 6 foot 10, 270 pounds. Folks, this guy is just 19 years old! Greg Monroe better play more consistently because the bench is stacked with young players that are Detroit's future.
Although not there yet, as their record indicates, Detroit has a bright future. Charlotte will have a difficult time dealing with such a deep basketball team.
In his 2nd season out of the University of Connecticut, point guard Kemba Walker has emerged as one of the new, young stars in the NBA. Walker has really improved in his sophomore season. He's averaging 17.8 points, 6 assists, and 3.3 rebounds per game. This is a player that's capable of going off for 30 or even 40 points in a single night.
The NBA season is a grind, and Walker has stumbled a bit as of late, averaging 12.3 points in his last 4 games. Inconsistency is one of Walker's weaknesses, but make no mistake about it, his upside is high and Charlotte need's every bit of it.
Charlotte's defense ranks 30th in the NBA, allowing 103.8 points per game. Detroit should have a field day here.
Detroit has a lot of momentum going into this game, and their team depth is huge bonus. Whether it be Brandon Knight and Greg Monroe or the bench, the Pistons have managed to come alive under head coach Lawrence Frank. Charlotte is struggling and their defense hasn't helped their cause. For your NBA picks today, look for Detroit to cover a rather larger point spread.
NBA Pick: Detroit -9 at 5 Dimes