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Detroit Pistons vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 12/1/13

Philadelphia 76ers (6-11) at Detroit Pistons (6-10)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)

The Line: Detroit Pistons -8.5 -- Over/Under: 208 See the Latest Odds

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The Detroit Pistons play host the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday afternoon from the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Head to head, the 76ers are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Detroit while the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Pistons are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Atlantic and 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400, but just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games. The 76ers on the other hand are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Central and 14-5 ATS in their last 19 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points, but just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.

The Detroit Pistons are such a hard team to cap because they have all of this tantilizing talent, yet they continue to play like the same team from the last couple of seasons, having dropped 10 of their first 16 games. I realise it's still very early going, but I just don't see this core group working in the long run, especially if they are thinking of winning an NBA championship, like most teams should be. I just don't think your getting past the second round of the playoffs if Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith are two of your three best players. I quite like both Jennings and J-Smoove, but I just don't really see them as winning basketball players.

The Philadelphia 76ers on the other hand have clearly come back down to earth after their surprising start the season, losers of three-straight and seven of eight overall. The 76ers are still allowing opponents to score at will, but they are no longer the high octane offense that we witnessed at the start of the season as they have topped the 100 point mark just twice in their last seven outings after doing it in seven of their first 10 games.

I thought the Pistons were improving, then they go out an loose to a Chicago that had just lost in Utah by 20 points and then a Los Angeles team that is playing well at the moment, but should of been beaten on the road. It has to be mentioned that Philly is playing the worse basketball of the two at the moment, but don't forget that this is only Thad Young's third game back from a couple of weeks off, they should only get better from here because he is one of the four players they heavily rely on. Detroit sure is capable of beating this 76ers team by double-digits, but who knows with this team...

Dan’s Pick: Philly +8.5

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Detroit Pistons vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 12/1/13

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