Detroit Pistons (1-0) at Chicago Bulls (0-1)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls +3.5 -- Over/Under: 215.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls meet Saturday in NBA action at the United Center.
The Detroit Pistons look for their first road win to start 2-0 for the first time since 2015-16. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 103 points on 42.4 percent shooting and allowing 100 points on 48.8 percent shooting. Blake Griffin is averaging 26 points and eight rebounds while Andre Drummond is averaging 24 points and 20 rebounds. Reggie Jackson is the third double-digit scorer and Ish Smith is dishing three assists. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 25 percent from beyond the arc and 86.4 percent from the free throw line. The Detroit Pistons are allowing 18.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game. The Detroit Pistons have won five of their last seven road games.
The Chicago Bulls play their home opener and hope to avoid an 0-2 start for the second straight season. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 108 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 127 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 30 points and three assists while Bobby Portis is averaging 20 points and 11 rebounds. Jabari Parker is the third double-digit scorer and Antonio Blakeney is grabbing five rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost six of their last eight home games. Denzel Valentine and Kris Dunn are questionable with injuries.
The Pistons are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Bulls are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Central and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pistons are 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings, the favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the home team is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
The Detroit Pistons looked solid in their season opener, as Griffin and Drummond finally dominated the way we had hoped, and they're a team that should own the glass moving forward. The Chicago Bulls are still one of the more banged up teams in the league and haven't played a lick of defense when you include thr preseason. Getting the Pistons and the small chalk seems like the play, as the Bulls are going to lose often until they get some of their players back. And even then, this is going to be a rough season.