Tired Knicks Can't Keep Pace With Pistons in Friday NBA Action

Troy Haliburton

Friday, December 22, 2017 6:13 PM UTC

Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 6:13 PM UTC

Let’s look at some of the slated action for Friday night around the NBA and see if we can find a few quality bets to make.

NBA Friday: Knicks vs. Pistons

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Free NBA Pick: Pistons -7Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

Kristaps Porzingis had his worst game as an NBA player on Thursday, going 0-11 from the field and finishing with one point, but the Knicks still upset the Celtics thanks to the play of Michael Beasley. The former No. 2 overall pick scored a season-high 32 points and -- for at least one night -- was the king of New York basketball.

The Pistons have had a rough month. The Pistons had lost seven games in a row before winning three games and then losing to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.

Part of the reason for the Pistons' struggles has been the inconsistent play of Reggie Jackson and Stanley Johnson. Jackson is not shooting the ball as well as he did when he started the season, and it appears he is suffering through some nagging injuries that are not allowing him to be as explosive as he was. Johnson is learning that he might not be good enough to be a rotation player in the NBA. During the three-game winning streak, Stan Van Gundy used Reggie Bullock at small forward instead of Johnson, and the results were there.

In this matchup, the Knicks probably will be too fatigued, having just played Thursday, to compete with the rested Pistons in Detroit.

NBA Friday: Wizards vs. Nets

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Free NBA Pick: Wizards -5Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

The Wizards already lost to the Nets this season, but at least that game was without their superstar player, John Wall. The Nets gave the Wizards lots of problems in that game with their fast-paced play, and the Wizards could not keep up with the transition scoring of the Nets.

Well, it just so happens that Wall is the fastest player in the NBA and will be able to turn himself into a one-man fastbreak in order to compete with the pace of the Nets.

The Nets have a talented group of young players who are playing above their current levels, and the Nets are actually going out and winning games this season, so for the Wizards to think they can just roll in to Brooklyn and get a win would be a mistake.

The Wizards will have to continue their solid bench play led by Mike Scott, who has been on fire this season in terms of shooting off the bench. Scott is averaging nearly 10 points a game on 58 percent shooting from the field and 50 percent shooting from behind the arc. His play along with the insertion of Tomas Satoransky as the backup point guard have taken the Wizards' bench from one of the worst in the league to one of the best.

NBA Friday: Lakers vs. Warriors

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Free NBA Pick: Lakers +11Best Line Offered: Heritage

The Warriors will be shorthanded again, with Steph Curry and Draymond Green sidelined.

These two teams met Monday and Golden State barely beat Los Angeles 116-114, with great energy in Staples Center as former Lakers star Kobe Bryant’s jersey was retired.

The Lakers are coming into their own as Lonzo Ball continues to develop his game. Ball is still not shooting well, but he excels at pretty much every other aspect of the game. The rookie is averaging nine points per game but is bringing in 7.1 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game. Look for Ball to give Shaun Livingston some problems in the absence of Curry and to ride the energy from Bryant's jersey retirement to a back-door cover.

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