Let’s take a look at the NBA Odds courtesy of Bet365 and see where the Pistons are ranked this offseason in the future odds.
Future Odds +10000
Detroit has brought in Mo Cheeks to replace Lawrence Frank as the headman in the motor city, and while it remains to be seen whether Cheeks can make this new group gel, things look as if the playoffs are in their future. After the top 5 teams in the East, there is a drop off, and the last three playoff spots will likely be wide open. Detroit could easily sneak into one of those spots with the new cast they have.
It all started this summer with the signing of Josh Smith. Smith will come to an already crowded front line in Detroit, but if he can assimilate to the 3 spot, this team could have one of the best Eastern Conference front lines. This is all a stretch with Smith being the key, but crazier things have happened, and maybe it will take the presence of Cheeks and this next player to keep him in line on the floor.
Chauncey Billups will make his return to the team he won a title with come this season, and even though he likely won’t have a huge impact as a player on the floor, he will be huge for this young team in the locker room, and on the sideline as basically an assistant coach as well.
If that wasn’t enough, the Pistons pulled off a nice deal swinging Brandon Jennings in on a sign and trade with the Bucks for Brandon Knight. Jennings is another borderline star in this league, and if he can also take better shots and play within himself and a system under coach Cheeks, this team can go very far. However while I am not quite sold on their potential of having NBA future odds value, I do think the Pistons are being slightly under valued in these odds, and that could lead to NBA betting value presenting itself in the regular season.
The Sharp Pick
The Pistons were 40-41-1 ATS last season, right in the middle of the league. Now with a new coach and brand new starting lineup, there is little doubt in my mind about the Pistons being a playoff team in the East. I also think they are better than some of the teams ahead and tied with them in the NBA odds, such as the Cavs at +6000, or the Wolves, who are also at +10000.
It could be rough going at first, so I wouldn’t recommend jumping in on game 1 of the Pistons’ season. It might take ten to twenty games before they start to really shine, and there’s a chance it may never come. With chuckers like Jennings and Smith on the team, things could go south if there is not an established pecking order in Detroit. Hold off to start with, but don’t be surprised if the Pistons finish with a winning ATS record in 2013-2014. With the players and coach they have, they have a ton of upside.