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Brooklyn Nets vs. Detroit Pistons - 12/21/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Pistons (5-22) at Brooklyn Nets (10-15)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Barclays Center)

The Line: Brooklyn Nets -2 -- Over/Under: 190 See the Latest Odds

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The Brooklyn Nets welcome the Detroit Pistons to town for a Sunday night showdown.

The Detroit Pistons continued their horrific season with a 110-100 loss to the Raptors on Friday despite 22 points from Brandon Jennings, 18 from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and 17 from Greg Monroe. The Pistons started the game red-hot and led by as many as 11 points before the game was all tied up at 52-52 at halftime. However, the Raptors would pull away in the second half off a 29-18 third quarter effort on the back of some strong defense and terrific play from Kyle Lowry. The Pistons' frustrations started to show in this game as Andre Drummond fouled James Johnson hard after getting posterized in the dunk of the season, but the Pistons are going to need more than toughness to improve on their 5-22 overall record and 2-13 record at home.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Detroit Pistons - 12/21/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets are rumored to be shopping all of their big-name players in an attempt to rebuild for the future. Reportedly in the mix is Deron Williams who is listed as doubtful heading into tonight's game after straining his calf in Friday's 95-91 loss to the Cavaliers. Williams scored just one point before leaving the game, so Joe Johnson stepped into the point guard role and had himself 26 points and five assists, but just didn't receive enough support as the Nets narrowly lost to the Cavs in the end. Defensively, the Nets did a stellar job of keeping Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to a combined 7 of 28 shooting, but they just couldn't keep stop LeBron James who scored 22 or Mike Miller who made seven three pointers for his 21 points. With the loss, Brooklyn drops to 10-15 overall and 5-8 on the road.

In ATS trends, the Pistons are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games against a team with a losing record and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall, while the Nets are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 2-7 ATS in their last nine home games.

Head to head, the Pistons are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Brooklyn and the Over is 11-1 in the last 12.

You really can't trust either team with your hard-earned money but with a gun to my head I'd probably side with the Nets who are at least playing for future contracts with all the trade rumors swirling.

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Brooklyn -2

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