In this all-Eastern battle between two teams with no real hopes of entering the playoffs, the New York Knicks (19-44), are hosting the Detroit Pistons (20-44), with both teams having lost their last two and three games respectively and are looking to end those losing streaks today.
Date/Time: 03-08-2020, 19:00 EDT
Spread: New York Knicks -5.5
New York Knicks have a 19-44 record (33-29-1 against the spread) and are sitting in the third to last place of the East. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Thunder with a 103-126 score, not beating the odds. Julius Randle leads the team both in scoring with 19.3 ppg and in rebounding with 9.7 per game. RJ Barrett follows with 14.1 ppg and 5 rebounds per game.
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Detroit Pistons have a 20-44 record (26-37-1 against the spread) and are sitting in the 12th place of the East. They have lost 10 of their last 11 matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Jazz with a 105-111 score, beating the odds. Derrick Rose leads the team both in scoring with 18.1 ppg and in assists made with 5.6 per game. Luke Kennard follows with 15.8 ppg, 3.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game but both of them are out with injuries.
Both teams are tied 1-1 wins so far this season. Knicks have won on the road by 3 points and Pistons at home by 20. Knicks are 10-22 home, while the Pistons are 9-22 on the road. Pistons are better both offensively, scoring 107.6 ppg to Knicks’ 105.3 and defensively, allowing 110.8 ppg to Knicks’ 112.3h. They also have better percentages both in field goals (46% to 44.5%) and in 3-pointers (36.9% to 33.6%). Knicks on the other hand are better both in rebounding (46.6 to 42) and in turnovers committed (14.3 to 15.4), while Pistons are better in assists made (24.1 to 21.9). Bookmakers give the Knicks a -5.5 spread and expect them to utilize the home court advantage and beat the odds for the home win.
Detroit Pistons vs New York Knicks Pick: New York Knicks -5.5 (-105)
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