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Knicks vs. Pistons - 1/2/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Pistons (8-23) at New York Knicks (5-29)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 2, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Knicks +2 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSDT, MSG

The Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks play Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Detroit Pistons have won three straight games and will end a three-game road trip. On the season, the Pistons are averaging 96 points on 42 percent shooting and are allowing 100.2 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Greg Monroe is averaging 14.4 points and nine rebounds while Jodie Meeks is averaging 13.9 points on 49.4 percent shooting. Andre Drummond is grabbing 12.8 rebounds and Brandon Jennings is racking up 6.4 assists. The Detroit Pistons have been much better offensively since releasing Josh Smith, as they’re shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 40.8 percent from deep in their last five games. Now the Pistons just have to improve their offense, as they’ve allowed 100-plus points in six of their last nine games. Five of the Pistons have wins have come on the road.

Knicks vs. Pistons - 1/2/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Knicks have lost nine straight games and remain the biggest disappointment in the league. On the season, the Knicks are averaging 94.1 points on 44.6 percent shooting and are allowing 101.4 points on 46 percent shooting. Carmelo Anthony is averaging 23.9 points and 6.6 rebounds while J.R. Smith is averaging 10.2 points and 3.3 assists. Jose Calderon is averaging 4.3 assists and Quincy Acy is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The New York Knicks have just been a mess on both sides of the ball, especially offensively where they’re shooting just 26 percent from deep in their last five games. Now, the Knicks are dealing with injuries as Amar'e Stoudemire, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Samuel Dalembert are both questionable.

The Pistons are 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest. The Knicks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 home games. The Pistons are 3-18 ATS in the last 21 meetings in New York and 7-19 ATS in the last 26 meetings overall.

Most of the Knicks losses during this stretch have come against playoff caliaber teams. While the Pistons are playing better basketball lately, I like the value of New York and the free basket at home. The Knicks have to win eventually, right?

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