Detroit Pistons vs. New York Knicks
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 7:00 PM (Little Caesars Arena)
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A Detroit team desperately seeking health will look to pull to within one game of .500 when the Pistons (3-5) host the New York Knicks (1-6) at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday night. The Piston injuries are bordering on ridiculous. All-Star Blake Griffin hasn’t played yet this year, point guard Reggie Jackson will miss at least a month, and Derrick Rose and Tim Frazier have both missed the last two games and are listed as day-to-day.
That leaves Detroit as a team in flux and it is showing in the results. After a 2-2 start to the new season, the Pistons have dropped three of four. However, that one win was a 113-109 win at Little Caesars Arena and another home game against a one-win team may be exactly what Detroit is looking for.
With all of the injuries, the Pistons have gone through their big man Andre Drummond to get the job done. The 6-foot-10 center is averaging an NBA-best 19.4 rebounds per game to give his depleted team as many second chances as possible. He also leads his team with 21.3 points per game. Rose, when healthy, has come off the bench to score 20.8 points with 6.3 assists per game, and Luke Kennard is averaging 17.4 points per game.
The Knicks haven’t had injury issues, they have just not played well, especially on offense. New York ranks next-to-last in the NBA in scoring at just 99.6 points per game. Most recently, the Knicks were blown out at Madison Square Garden on Sunday against the lowly Sacramento Kings, but were more competitive in a 104-102 loss at Boston the previous Friday. In fact, the Knicks have been much more competitive on the road than at home. New York’s average losing margin on the road so far this year is 6.75 points.
RJ Barrett has been the leading scorer on the season with 18.3 points per game but Marcus Morris Sr. has led the Knicks in scoring the past two games, scoring 29 against Boston and 28 against Sacramento. He now has an average of 17.9 points per game.
When one team is as injured as Detroit is, it is tough to support. And in a very small sample size, the Pistons haven’t been good as a home favorite as well, losing their only game in such a situation and failing to cover by 18.5 points. In contrast, the Knicks are 3-1 against the spread as a road underdog, and while it might go against what many might think with this one-win team, the play here is to take the Knicks plus the point.