Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls - 11/27/13
Chicago Bulls (6-7) at Detroit Pistons (6-8)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 7:30 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
The Line: Detroit Pistons -4 -- Over/Under: 185.5 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Pistons collide with the reeling Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night from the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Head to head, the Bulls are 19-7-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings and 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Detroit while the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Pistons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games and 15-7-1 ATS in their last 23 games overall. The Bulls on the other hand are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games vs. a team with a losing S.U record, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
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Is Vegas feeling sorry for the Bulls in wake of the Derrick Rose injury? Because this line would suggest that they are. Here is a Chicago team that is just 1-7 on the road this season and 0-4 on their current road trip. With no Rose and Jimmy Butler, the Bulls can not score, plain and simple. They were held to just 82 points on 39 percent shooting in their 39 point beat-down in Los Angeles on Sunday, then followed that up by scoring 83 in an overtime loss in Utah the next night, which included just 32 points in the first half. While there is still talent on this roster without their starting backcourt, it’s pretty clear that the whole team is just bummed about the latest Rose injury and it has shown in the last two games.
Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons are coming off encouraging back-to-back wins against Brooklyn and Milwaukee. While the Nets and Bucks are among the worst teams in the entire league, both wins came by a combined 31 points. Detroit has also won four of their seven home games to date, straight up and against the spread. It’s also encouraging to see the Pistons put up 109 and 113 points in their recent wins, breaking a streak of seven games where they didn’t reach the 100 point plateau.
In case you hadn’t noticed, I really like the Pistons in this one. While Detroit is no lock-down defensive team, I think their elite size is going to make it hard for the Bulls to score tonight. I mean if you can’t put up more than 85 points against the Clippers, who are one of the worst defensive teams in the league, then what hope do you have? I also think the Rose injury has just really effected them mentally, especially considering this is the second time it has happened. One week ago they had an NBA championship in mind, now they might not even make the playoffs...
Dan’s Pick: Detroit -4