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Detroit Pistons vs. Washington Wizards - 10/30/13

Washington Wizards (29-53) at Detroit Pistons (29-53)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)

The Line: Detroit Pistons -3 -- Over/Under: 190.5 See the Latest Odds


The Detroit Pistons welcome the improving Washington Wizards to town on Wednesday to kick off the new NBA season.

Head to head, the Wizards are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings and 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Detroit while the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

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Detroit Pistons vs. Washington Wizards - 10/30/13

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After years of languishing at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, the Detroit Pistons look poised to make a push for their first playoff appearance since 2009. With cap space finally at hand, Joe Dumars wasted no time putting that to good use this summer as he signed long time Atlanta Hawk Josh Smith to a four-year $58 million deal. Dumars then sent Brandon Knight to Milwaukee in sign–and-trade with Brandon Jennings to cap off what has been a busy and productive offseason. Those two will join the promising young frontcourt duo of Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond in hopes of making their way back into the playoff picture.

Personally, I wasn’t a huge fan of what the Pistons did this offseason. I like Jennings and Smith, but they are not the kind of players to make others around them better and the whole spacing issue between Smith and the monster frontcourt is going to be a big issue in my opinion. While Drummond and Smith are exciting to watch, I won’t be tuning into a whole lot of Pistons games on league pass this season and I think they will end up as one of the lowest scoring teams come playoff time.

Expectations are also high in the nation’s capital as the Washington Wizards join the Detroit Pistons and a host of other teams who will jockey for the final remaining playoff spots in the Eastern Conference this season. The Wizards weren’t nearly as active as the Pistons were this summer, but they didn’t need to be as they return a young roster that when healthy last season, looked like a playoff team. The numbers back that up as Washington went 23-18 when John Wall and Bradley Beal both played together. In the other games? They went just 6-35. So you can understand the optimism heading into a new season. The Wizards also improved their frontcourt as they shipped out the injured Emeka Okafor to Phoenix in exchange for Marcin Gortat, who should fit nicely alongside Nene.

I don’t think there is a great deal splitting these two teams, so the point spread looks dead on given this is a Detroit home game. While the Pistons have the edge down low, I don’t think they have an answer for John Wall and Bradley Beal in this game. I think Washington could very well win this one, but let’s take the points to be safe…

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