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Detroit Pistons vs. New York Knicks - 11/19/13

New York Knicks (3-6) at Detroit Pistons (3-6)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)

The Line: Detroit Pistons -4 -- Over/Under: 200 See the Latest Odds


The Detroit Pistons return home to face Carmelo Anthony and the slumping New York Knicks on Tuesday night from the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Head to head, the Knicks are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 meetings and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Detroit while the home team is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 meetings and the favorite is 7-0  ATS in the last seven meetings. The Pistons are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 game following a SU loss of more than 10 points, but just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Knicks on the other hand are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 road game, but just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

Detroit Pistons vs. New York Knicks - 11/19/13

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If your a New York Knicks fan, you’re probably happy that tonight’s game is on the road given their struggles at home this season. New York managed to win their first game of the season at Madison Square Garden over Milwaukee, but since have dropped five straight following their 110-90 loss to Atlanta on Saturday night. On the plus side, they have won two of three on the road and there single loss was in Chicago by the slimmest of margins. There against the spreads stats are reflective of this too as they haven’t covered a game at home while going a perfect 3-0 ATS on the road.

While the Knicks have had their fair share of struggles to start the season, the same can be said for the Detroit Pistons who return from a Western Conference road-trip where they managed to win just one of four games. In fact, the Pistons have now dropped five of their last six after starting out the season in impressive fashion. To put it bluntly, Detroit is an average offensive team and a lousy defensive team. They have failed to score over 100 points in any of their last three games, despite facing some of the worst defensive teams in the league in Golden State, Sacramento and Los Angeles (Lakers.) On the defensive end, the Pistons have given up at least 109 points in four of their last five meetings.

I like the Knicks here for three reasons. One, it’s pretty clear that they play better on the road compared to at home, for whatever reason. Two, they have fared well against the Pistons in the past as they have covered in 20 of the last 27 meetings, granted this Pistons team is more talented. And lastly, Detroit is coming off a long road trip and teams usually are flat in their first game back and the stats back that up as the Pistons are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven home games following a road trip of 7 or more days...

Dan’s Pick: New York +4

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