Detroit Pistons vs. Brooklyn Nets - 11/1/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Brooklyn Nets (0-1) at Detroit Pistons (0-2)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
The Line: Detroit Pistons -3 -- Over/Under: 197.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Detroit, YES
The Detroit Pistons and the Brooklyn Nets face off on Saturday in Detroit in Saturday Night NBA action.
The Detroit Pistons make it back home to the Palace of Auburn Hills as they look for their first win of the season after dropping their first two. Detroit opened the season by losing by 10 at Denver and then lost by six at Minnesota. Josh Smith and D.J. Augustin are each averaging 17.5 points per game to lead the Pistons in scoring. Caron Butler is averaging 12 points and seven rebounds and Andre Drummond is averaging 11 point and 10.5 rebounds. The Pistons are shooting just 39.4 percent from the floor and 23.5 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and that simply doesn’t get it done. Detroit’s opponents are shooting 41.6 percent from the floor and 29.4 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and the Pistons are averaging 85 points while their opponents are scoring 93. This could be another long season in Detroit.
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The Brooklyn Nets are playing their second game of the season after getting crushed by 16 points in Boston on Wednesday. The Nets have been a team looking to take it to the next level for several seasons at this point and at least what we saw in their first game doesn’t look like they are ready to take it yet. Mizla Teletovic scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds in the loss to lead Brooklyn. Joe Johnson and Deron Williams each had 19 points with Williams dishing out eight assists and Johnson pulling down six rebounds. The Nets shot 48.8 percent from the floor including 36.8 percent from beyond the 3-pooint arc but the issue was they allowed Boston to shoot 55.7 percent and were outscored by the Celtics 121-105. I have to believe Brooklyn is a better team than what we saw on Wednesday.
Detroit is 4-10 against the spread in their last 14 games, 3-12 against the spread against the Eastern Conference, and 1-6 against the spread against a team with a losing record. Brooklyn is 4-1 against the spread against the NBA Central, 19-9 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, and 0-6 against the spread against a team with a losing record. The road team has covered the point spread in nine of the last 12 meetings of these two.
Both of these teams have pride but the Nets have better talent and I look for them to win and cover the modest number here.