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Detroit Pistons vs. Philadelphia 76ers 10/23/14 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, Prediction

Philadelphia 76ers at Detroit Pistons

Thursday October 23

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The Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons wrap up their preseasons with a THursday matchup at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Philadelphia 76ers are 2-5 in the preseason and are searching for answers more than any other team in the league. The one thing the 76ers have struggled with the most is three pointers, as they’re a combined 8-41 from downtown in their last two games. Elliot Williams is 1-7 from deep in his last two games and Hollis Thompson is 3-9 from downtown in his last two games. Nerlens Noel has been dealing with an illness and missed some playing time, but he recently returned to practice and will be available for this preseason finale. Henry Sims has been the most consistent player for Philadelphia at both ends of the floor and has 21 rebounds in his last three games. The 76ers will take anything they can get at this point entering the regular season.

Detroit Pistons vs. Philadelphia 76ers 10/23/14 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, Prediction

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The Detroit Pistons are 4-2 in the preseason and will play their third game at home. Andre Drummond has clearly grown from spending time in the FIBA tournament and is coming off his best preseason game in which he grabbed 17 rebounds and scored 19 points. Drummond is one of the better young big men in the league and gives the Pistons a punchers chance at a playoff spot. Greg Monroe has a combined 35 points and 18 rebounds in his last two games. Josh Smith has done a decent job of taking care of the ball during these scrimmages and has racked up a solid 17 assists in his last three games. The Detroit Pistons seem to be a more disciplined team under head coach Stan Van Gundy and could surprise some people this season.

In preseason, I'm always taking five points or more. After all, niether of these teams is actually playing to win. 

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