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New York Knicks vs. Detroit Pistons Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/7/14

Detroit Pistons (14-20) at New York Knicks (11-22)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Knicks -3 -- Over/Under: 199 See the Latest Odds

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The Detroit Pistons head to New York on Tuesday to face the Knicks.

The New York Knicks are currently 11-22 this season, and like some other powerhouses around the league, the Knicks are in rebuilding mode currently.  The Knicks are also struggling at home this season, as New York has just four wins at the Garden this season, going 4-12 on their home floor.  The Knicks are 2-3 in their last five games heading into this meeting with the Pistons, with their last outing resulting in a win over the Mavs, in Dallas, 92-80 on Sunday night.

New York Knicks vs. Detroit Pistons Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/7/14

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The Detroit Pistons are sitting at 14-20 this season, and the Pistons are third in the Central division, trailing the Pacers by 13.5 games right now.  Detroit has struggled this year, but the Pistons are playing better on the road, as the Pistons are right at .500 away from home this season with a record of 8-8.  The Pistons are just 1-4 in their last five games heading into this meeting with the Knicks, and in that stretch the Pistons have dropped four straight.  Last time out, the Pistons fell to the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, 112-84 in Detroit.

The Pistons are 8-1-1 against the spread in their last ten games against the Atlantic division.  Detroit however is just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games following an outright loss, and the Pistons are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games following a loss against the spread.

The New York Knicks are just 3-13 against the spread in their last 16 home games, and the Knicks are just 1-5 against the spread following an outright win.  The Knicks are also 4-13 against the spread in their last 17 games when playing on just one day of rest.

I have to take the Knicks in this spot.  I don’t love this play, but it is likely that the Pistons will be without Stuckey again tonight, and without him in the lineup, the Pistons are 0-3.  Taking the Knicks at home this season is risky, but I just can’t back the Pistons here.

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New York -3

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