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New York Knicks vs. Detroit Pistons - 3/31/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Detroit Pistons (35-40) at New York Knicks (27-49)
Date & Time Saturday March 31, 2018, 5:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: New York Knicks +3.5 -- Over/Under: 211
TV Channel
FSDT, MSG
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NBA | Detroit Pistons (35-40) at New York Knicks (27-49)
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The Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks meet Saturday in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.

The Detroit Pistons look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 103.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 103.6 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Blake Griffin is averaging 19.8 points and 6.6 rebounds while Andre Drummond is averaging 15 points and 16 rebounds. Ish Smith is the third double-digit scorer and Reggie Bullock is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The Detroit Pistons are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game. The Detroit Pistons have lost five of their last seven road games.

The New York Knicks could use a feel good victory here after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The New York Knicks are averaging 104.5 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 108.1 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 17.5 points and 2.7 assists while Enes Kanter is averaging 14.1 points and 11 rebounds. Courtney Lee is the third double-digit scorer and Michael Beasley is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost nine of their last 11 home games.

The Pistons are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Knicks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Pistons are 6-22 ATS in the last 28 meetings in New York, 9-19 ATS in the last 28 meetings and the favorite is 21-8 ATS in the last 29 meetings.

The Detroit Pistons season is pretty much over, but they're still a team that's playing hard as of late and has bee really solid on the defensive end in their last five contests. The New York Knicks have been in full tank mode since the injury to their best player, and they're being outscored by more than nine points in their last five games. The Knicks have no reason to win and simply aren't getting stops defensively to even be considered for a victory. Even without Blake Griffin, I have to side with the Pistons and the small line.

Pick:
Detroit Pistons -3.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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