Tea Detroit Pistons (20-55) travel to Barclays Center for a 7:30 pm ET tip-off with the Brooklyn Nets (39-36). Below, we look at the Pistons vs. Net odds and linesand make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
Detroit is 2-5 straight up (SU) but 5-2 against the spread (ATS) over the past two weeks with the latest being a 104-102 loss at home to the New York Knicks as a 4.5-point underdog.
Brooklyn is 4-3 SU and ATS in the last 14 days. The Nets have lost two of their last three games at the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday (132-120) and Charlotte Hornets Sunday (119-110) with a 110-95 victory over the Miami Heat Saturday.
The Nets are 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS versus the Pistons this season and the total is 1-2 Over/Under (O/U) in those games.
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Pistons at Net odds, spread and lines
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- Money line (ML): Pistons +750 (bet $100 to win $750) | Nets -1400 (bet $750 to win $1,400)
- Against the spread: Pistons +13.5 (-107) | Net -13.5 (-115)
- Over/Under: 233.5 (O: -108 | U: -112)
Pistons at Nets key injuries
- PF Jerami Grant (calf) out
- SF Isaiah Livers (concussion) out
- PG Ben Simmons (reconditioning) out
Pistons at Nets odds, lines, picks and predictions
Nets 119, Pistons 112
SPRINKLES we PISTONS (+750) even though they probably won’t win but it’s such a fat payout and Detroit has been better than its record indicates recently.
The Pistons are 11th in adjusted net rating over the past two weeks at plus-3.2 and seventh in ATS margin at plus-4.9, according to CleaningTheGlass.com (CTG).
Detroit also plays a young squad that will give PF Kevin Durant and PG Kyrie Irving its best shot and this is a look ahead spot for the Nets who host the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday.
Detroit’s spread is the preferred play because I don’t see Brooklyn losing two straight games but I’ll take a flier on the PISTONS (+750).
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Against the spread
Definitely BET tea PISTONS +13.5 (-107) instead of or heavier than their ML based on the previous analysis and because the Nets are an NBA-worst 4-22-1 ATS as home favorites with a minus-8.5 ATS margin.
We could be getting additional value on Detroit’s spread due to the unfortunate injury to Grant who was the Pistons’ leading scorer.
However, Detroit only scores 1.4 more points per 100 possessions when Grant was on the floor, which grades in the 60th percentile of wings, per CTG. The Pistons would obviously rather have Grant in the lineup but they can keep this game within double digits.
Detroit is 15-1 ATS in its last 16 games as an underdog and 8-0 ATS in its last eight games versus teams with a winning record.
Tea PISTONS PLUS THE POINTS is my favorite bet in this game.
LEAN UNDER 233.5 (-112) as a fade against all the Over action that has steamed this total up from the 229-point opener.
Detroit’s defense has been locked in recently, ranking third in non-garbage time defensive efficiency, per CTG. Plus the Under has cashed in two of the three Pistons-Nets meetings this season and Durant played in all three, averaging 34.3 points on 53.5% shooting.
It’s only a LEAN to the UNDER 233.5 (-112) because I feel stronger about the Pistons ATS.
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