Detroit Pistons (1-1) at New York Knicks (0-1)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks +1.5 -- Over/Under: 206.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks meet Saturday in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.
The Detroit Pistons look to get a game above a .500 record with their first road win of the season. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 106.5 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 102.5 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Tobias Harris is averaging 21 points and 6.5 rebounds while Reggie Jackson is averaging 17 points and 6.5 assists. Avery Bradley is the third double-digit scorer and Henry Ellenson is grabbing four rebounds. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc and 81.3 percent from the free throw line. The Detroit Pistons are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40 rebounds per game. The Detroit Pistons have lost 10 of their last 13 road games.
The New York Knicks look for their first win of the season after losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The New York Knicks are averaging 84 points on 40.5 percent shooting and allowing 105 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 31 points and 12 rebounds while Enes Kanter is averaging 12 points and seven rebounds. Courtney Lee is dishing three assists and Kyle O'Quinn is grabbing 10 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 29.2 percent from beyond the arc and 65 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 28.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost five of their last eight home games.
The Pistons are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 0 days rest. The Knicks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Pistons are 5-22 ATS in the last 27 meetings in New York, 8-18 ATS in the last 26 meetings and the home team is 36-17 ATS in the last 53 meetings.
The Detroit Pistons may be on the end of a back to back, but they've played well in both games, beating up on the Charlotte Hornets and taking the Washington Wizards down to the wire. The offense is scoring better than usual and the defense has picked up with Bradley on the floor. The Pistons look like a decent basketball team even if the season is still a baby. The Knicks, well, they have a lot to prove with a limited roster, as Porzingis can't do everything. I'll take the small line and the better, more talented team. This seems a little too easy.