Detroit Pistons vs. New York Knicks - 11/5/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Knicks (2-2) at Detroit Pistons (0-3)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
The Line: Detroit Pistons -4 -- Over/Under: 189 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG, FSN-DET
The New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons square off Wednesday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The New York Knicks drop to 2-2 on the season with a Tuesday loss to the Washington Wizards. The Knicks continue to struggle on the offensive end, as they’ve scored no more than 96 points this season and are coming off a performance where they shot just 37 percent from the field. If it isn’t Carmelo Anthony, who has scored 46 points in his last two games, the Knicks are finding it hard to score consistently. Besides Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert are the only players who are averaging double-digit points. Of course, a lot of these issues could be fixed once starting point guard Jose Calderon returns from injury. Defensively, the New York Knicks are allowing 95.7 points on 47.9 percent shooting from the field. It’s going to be tough for the Knicks to win when they’re struggling from the field.
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The Detroit Pistons are still looking for their first win of the season and play their second home game. Like the Knicks, the Pistons aren’t doing great offensively, as they’re averaging a league worst 86.7 points on 40.2 percent shooting. The Detroit Pistons have lost 10 straight games when scoring less than 100 points. Greg Monroe leads the Pistons with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Josh Smith is averaging 16.3 points and seven rebounds. One player who has really underachieved is Andre Drummond, who had a great performance in the FIBA but is averaging just 12 points and 9.7 rebounds. The Pistons need more from Drummond if they’re going to be a playoff caliber team. Defensively, the Pistons are allowing 96 points on 44 percent shooting. The Pistons need a win here before their schedule picks up starting next week.
The Knicks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Central. The Pistons are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 5-16 ATS in their last 21 vs. Eastern Conference. The Knicks are 18-6 ATS in the last 24 meetings, while the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Can the Pistons finally get in the win column? While the New York Knicks haven't been much better, I like that we're getting points here with the team that has the best overall player on the court. I'll take my chances with New York.