In this battle between two teams sitting outside the playoff places of the East, the worse team of the league, the New York Knicks (10-42), who have won only once in their last twenty-two games, are hosting the Detroit Pistons (23-29), who are looking to turn’s last night’s victory against Denver into a streak.
Date/Time: 02-05-2019, 19:30 EDT
Spread: New York Knicks +3.5
New York Knicks have a 10-42 record (22-29-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the last place of the whole league. They have lost 21 of their last 22 matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Grizzlies with an 84-96 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Emmanuel Mudiay with 14.7 ppg and 3.9 dimes per game but he is out with an injury. He is followed by Enes Kanter with 14 ppg and a team high 10.5 boards per game.
Detroit Pistons have a 23-29 record (23-27-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 9th place of the East. They have won two of their last three matches and in their last game they won at home against the Nuggets with a 129-103 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Blake Griffin with 26 ppg, adding 8.2 boards and a team high 5.3 dimes per game. He is followed by Andre Drummond with 16.8 ppg and a team high 14.8 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Pistons won at home with a 115-108 score. Knicks have a 4-20 home record, while the Pistons are 8-16 on the road. Pistons are better both offensively, scoring 106 ppg to Knicks’ 105.6 and defensively, allowing 108.2 ppg to Knicks’ 114.6 ppg. They also have a better field goal percentage (43.5% to 43.1%), while both teams have almost identical 3-point percentage (33.7% to 33.4%). Pistons are better in boards grabbed (45.6 to 44.1) and in dimes made (22.3 to 19.7), while Knicks are better in turnovers committed (13.2 to 14). Pistons are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -3.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds against a struggling Knicks team.
Detroit Pistons vs New York Knicks Prediction: Detroit Pistons -3.5 (-111)
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