Phoenix Suns vs Detroit Pistons
2023-10-08 15:00:00 EDT
The Line: Phoenix Suns -4.5 / Detroit Pistons +4.5
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The Phoenix Suns and Detroit Pistons meet Sunday in NBA preseason action at the Little Caesars Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
Phoenix Suns Betting Preview
The Phoenix Suns won 45 games last season and now begin the Frank Vogel coaching era. The Suns were quite aggressive this offseason to add firepower to Kevin Durant and Devin Booker, as they traded for Bradley Beal to create a true Big Three. The Suns now have oodles of scoring in their starting lineup, but they did lose Chris Paul, Cam Payne, Torrey Craig and recently traded away Deandre Ayton. In a move that was somewhat surprising, the Suns got Grayson Allen from the Bucks. The Suns lack size and depth, but their starting lineup is as talented as any in the league, and it gives them a real shot to win their first title in franchise history.
Detroit Pistons Betting Preview
The Detroit Pistons won 17 games last year, haven’t made the playoffs since 2018-19, and now begin the Monty Williams era. Off rip, the Pistons are going to be better by getting a full season of Cade Cunningham. The question marks start beyond Cunningham, as there’s not many players you can feel completely confident about. Jaden Ivey looked great in his first season, and Bojan Bogdanovic is coming off one of his best seasons yet. Monte Morris and Joe Harris were added to provide some firepower in the back court. Still, the Pistons have a projected win total of 27.5 and that’s not a number you want to see with a franchise that’s experiencing a playoff drought.
The Suns are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Pistons are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games. The over is 9-4-1 in Suns last 14 overall. The over is 5-1 in Pistons last 6 overall. The Suns are 2-10 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Detroit and 7-19 ATS in the last 26 meetings.
Randy’s Free Pick
The Phoenix Suns are the more talented team, obviously, and could blow the doors off, but this is preseason where winning isn’t 100 percent the goal. The Detroit Pistons are a young team where guys are fighting for minutes, and those are the teams I try to back in these exhibitions. Open playing time creates competition and usually leads to a higher level of play. Sometimes bad teams are the best in the preseason. Give me the home dog.