Detroit Pistons at New York Knicks - 3/5/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Pistons (31-30) at New York Knicks (25-38)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks +5 -- Over/Under: 198.5 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Pistons and the New York Knicks collide tonight at Madison Square Garden.
The Pistons were gaining a bit of momentum with four wins on the trot, but they had that momentum halted on Wednesday with a 97-81 defeat at San Antonio. Marcus Morris and Tobias Harris led the team with 16 points each but it didn't amount to anything as the Pistons scored just 30 points in the second half after showing plenty of fight in a tightly contest first half. Reggie Jackson scored 11 points but shot just four of 13 from the field and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was even worse, making just one of 10 shot attempts to finish with four points. With the uninspiring loss, Detroit falls to 31-30 overall which leaves them in eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, just half a game ahead of Chicago who occupy the ninth spot.
USA TODAY Sports
Meanwhile, the Knicks have lost 12 of their last 14 games and will still be licking their wounds after losing to the Celtics by 105-104 last night despite 30 points from Carmelo Anthony who shot 13 of 27 from the field. Arron Afflalo added 17 points and Kristaps Porzingis had 15 but the Knicks shot themselves in the foot with their poor transition defense, resulting in them being outscored by 30-4 in fast-break points which was the difference in the end. With the loss, New York fall to 25-38 on the season which leaves them in 13th position in the Eastern Conference, above only the 76ers and the Nets.
In ATS trends, the Pistons are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games, while the Knicks are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 1-8 ATS in their last nine home games.
Head to head, the Pistons are 6-15 ATS in the last 21 meetings overall and 7-19 ATS in the last 26 meetings in New York.
The Knicks showed plenty of fight last night but still found a way to lose the game so it'll be interesting to see how they come out tonight against the Pistons who were surging before getting blown out by the Spurs in their last outing. This is a tricky matchup to predict, but I'm sticking with the Pistons who have will want to keep winning games to stay in the playoff picture.