Pistons at Hawks - 10/27/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Pistons (32-50) at Atlanta Hawks (68-30)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -7 -- Over/Under: 198.5 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks open the season Tuesday night at the Philips Arena.
The Detroit Pistons hope to make a run at their first playoff spot since 2008 in their second season under Stan Van Gundy. The Pistons will be carried by one of the best centers in the league in Andre Drummond, while they also hope Reggie Jackson can become a top tier point guard. The Detroit Pistons Marcus Morris hopes to provide a scoring boost after a couple of decent seasons with the Suns, and rookie out of Arizona, Stanley Johnson, will expected to be a key rotation guy right away. The Pistons have a nice young core to build around and should be one of those teams in the East that hangs around until the very end of the season. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is questionable with a foot injury.
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The Atlanta Hawks look to keep the ball rolling after winning 60 games last season under coach Mike Budenholzer. The Atlanta Hawks return pretty much the same core, as guys like Al Horford, Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague will carry the team as far as they’re going to go. Tim Hardaway Jr. has a chance to really blossom after showing promise with the New York Knicks and Tiago Splitter provides some depth on the bench after five seasons with the Spurs. The Hawks aren’t exactly deep beyond their starting lineup but are still one of the better and well coached teams in the East. It’s going to be interesting to see if the Atlanta Hawks can build on last season’s surprising success. Thabo Sefolosha is probable despite an ankle injury.
The Pistons are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Southeast and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Hawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Central. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Atlanta.
I expect the Hawks to get off to a fast start at home with most of their team from last season returning. The Pistons have talent but this is a tough opening game for them. Give me Atlanta by double digits.