Detroit Pistons vs. Brooklyn Nets - 2/7/14
Brooklyn Nets (21-25) at Detroit Pistons (19-29)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
The Line: Detroit Pistons -1.5 -- Over/Under: 203.5 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Pistons and Brooklyn Nets collide on Friday night from the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Head to head, the Nets are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Detroit while the road team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The Pistons are 10-3-1 ATS in the last 14 vs. NBA Atlantic, but just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games. The Nets on the other hand are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400
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It’s amazing how much the Detroit Pistons suck given how much talent they have on their roster. Granted, you don’t win games on paper, but there is no way they should they be 10 games under .500, especially considering they are in the weakest conference we have seen in some time. While offense isn’t necessarily the problem, it’s their defense that has been their undoing as they are giving up a shade under 103 points per contest, which ranks 25th in the league. Given all the size and athleticism the Pistons have to offer, especially down low, you would expect them to be at least a middle-of-the-road defensive team, but that is not the case at all.
Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets have been one of the better teams in the entire league since the start of the new year, winning 12 of a possible 16 games after their 103-89 victory over a short-handed San Antonio Spurs squad last night at home. The Nets offense has improved dramatically since the start of the season and they have topped triple figures in nine of their last 13 matches overall.
If I had to choose a side in this one, I would probably take Brooklyn, but I’m going with a total instead. Given that Detroit scores a ton of points, but also gives up a ton, it’s no surprise that the over has hit in 33 of their 48 games this season. Like I touched on earlier, the Nets are in a nice groove offensively and they have scored 108 and 103 points in their last two outings. Last time these two teams met, the game finished on 202 points, but that was when Brooklyn sucked. Not touching this one personally, but the over looks more appealing than taking either the Nets or Pistons...
Dan’s Pick: Over 203.5