Take the Pistons -2.5 vs. Knicks for Your Friday NBA Picks

Darin Zank

Friday, January 2, 2015 5:37 PM GMT

Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 5:37 PM GMT

Detroit owns a three-game winning streak, with three straight pointspread covers; New York, on the other hand, owns one win in its last 20 games, going 9-10-1 ATS in the process. The improving Pistons and hapless Knicks hook up Friday night at the Garden.

Pistons-Knicks Betting Odds
The NBA odds we checked with opened this game with Detroit favored by two points, the total offered at right around 198. In the early betting most shops then bumped the Pistons to -3.

Those thinking New York might win this game outright could get a price of +135 on the moneyline at 5Dimes.

 

Pistons-Knicks: The Match-Up
Detroit began this season with a wins OVER/UNDER of 36; at the moment the Pistons are still on a pace to win only 21 games.

But Detroit carries a three-game winning streak into the Garden tonight. Last Friday the Pistons beat Indiana 119-109, winning outright as three-point home dogs; Sunday Detroit crunched the Cavs in Cleveland 103-80, winning SU as a seven-point dog; and Tuesday night the Pistons won in Orlando 109-86, covering as two-point favorites on the road.

Detroit led the Magic by 10 points through three quarters Tuesday, then put the game away with a 10-0 run. For the night the Pistons shot 47 percent from the floor, made 14 of 33 shots from 3-point land and committed just 11 turnovers.

So since G Jodie Meeks returned to the lineup from injury Detroit has gone 5-4 both SU and ATS.

On the other side of this match-up New York went off this season with a wins O/U of 41; to those who bet the OVER on that prop, we offer our sincere condolences.

The Knicks have lost nine in a row, and 19 of their last 20 games, after falling at the Clippers Wednesday night 99-78, whiffing on the cover as 13-point road dogs. Just before that New York lost at Portland 101-79 as an 11-point dog; and just before that they lost at Sacramento in overtime 135-129, pushing the spread as six-point dogs.

The Knicks trailed at LA by 10 points at the half Wednesday, and could get no closer. New York shot just 38 percent from the field, and while it held the Clippers to 44 percent shooting, it also got outrebounded 62-49.

Big-picture, Detroit, at 8-23, trails eighth-place Miami by five games in the Eastern Conference standings, while New York, at 5-29, is fighting with Philadelphia to stay out of the cellar.

 

Pistons-Knicks Recent History
Detroit took the first meeting this season between these two teams 98-95 back in November. The Pistons led that game by 18 points early in the fourth quarter, but New York got within three points in the waning seconds, before succumbing. Detroit shot just 37 percent from the field, but hit 11 of 23 shots from beyond the arc. However, the Knicks' late rally garnered them a back-door cover as four-point underdogs.

That game looked like an UNDER all the way, with the score at 75-59 through three quarters, but the teams combined to score 59 points in the fourth, sending the game OVER its total of 186.

Last season Detroit took two of three games from New York; all three of those games played UNDER, as neither team scored more than 96 points.

 

Pistons-Knicks Key Numbers
Detroit ranks just 29th in the league in FG shooting at just 42 percent, and 29th in FT shooting at 68 percent. Perhaps Meeks can help improve those numbers. The Pistons also rank 20th in FG defense, allowing foes to shoot 46 percent from the floor, and they average a 21/13 assist-to-turnover ratio.

New York ranks 21st in FG shooting at 45 percent, but second in FT shooting at 79 percent. The

Knicks also rank 23rd in FG defense, allowing opponents to shoot 46 percent, 24th in rebounding at -2.5 per game, and average a 21/14 A/TO ratio.

 

Pistons-Knicks Betting Trends
Detroit is 14-16 on the OVER/UNDERS this season, as Pistons games have averaged 196 points. Detroit has also played four OVERS in its last six games, as the Pistons have hit the century mark on the scoreboard six games in a row.

New York is 16-17 on the totals, as Knicks games have also averaged 196 points.

Detroit is 5-10 SU and 7-8 ATS on the road this season.

New York is 4-12 SU and 4-11-1 ATS at home.

 

Injury Update
Knicks F Carmelo Anthony is dealing with a perpetually sore knee, and remains a day-to-day situation. New York is also still without F Amare Stoudemire, who's missed the last three games with his own sore knee. But the Knicks did get some good news recently with the returns of JR Smith and Andrea Bargnani.

 

Pistons-Knicks Free Pick
A few weeks ago we said we would not play the Knicks until they showed some improvement, and that hasn't happened yet. So we have no choice but to go with Detroit for our free NBA pick in this spot.

Free NBA Pick: Pistons -2.5 at Bookmaker

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