Detroit Pistons vs New York Knicks
October 13, 2021 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: New York Knicks -8 / Detroit Pistons +8
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The Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks meet Wednesday in NBA preseason action at Madison Square Garden. The Detroit Pistons look for a win to get a game above a .500 record. The New York Knicks look for another win to improve to 3-0 in preseason play.
The Detroit Pistons have won six of their last 10 preseason games. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 103.5 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 116 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Jerami Grant is averaging 16 points and 1.5 rebounds, while Josh Jackson is averaging 13.5 points and three assists. Cory Joseph is the third double-digit scorer and Frank Jackson is averaging one steal. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 30.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. The Detroit Pistons are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game.
The New York Knicks have won five of their last six preseason games. The New York Knicks are averaging 121 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 101.5 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Julius Randle is averaging 20 points and nine rebounds, while RJ Barrett is averaging 17.5 points and three assists. Evan Fournier is the third double-digit scorer and Derrick Rose is grabbing four rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 39.3 percent from beyond the arc and 84.8 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 26.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 49 rebounds per game.
The Detroit Pistons have played decent up to this point, but the Knicks are on fire at both ends of the floor and are at home, where they’ve had decent attendance for meaningless games. Tom Thibodeau is one of those coaches who want to win no matter what, so it’s not a surprise the Knicks are having preseason success. I’ll ride the hot hand and back the Knicks at home.