Every year in the NBA, we see 16 teams, 8 from each conference, head into the postseason. With the season winding down, we are starting to see those spots get filled, with 4 teams now officially punching their ticket. 3 of those teams are from the Eastern Conference, so the pressure is now on the rest of the pack, with 5 spots now left open. We have a pretty solid idea as to which teams will be in once this regular season is all said and done, but there are still some things that can change between now and then. One thing that can prove to be a disaster for any team is injuries, especially when they come this late in the season. Not only can those injuries have an impact on the final standings, it can also be tough for players to get up to playoff speed when they return. The Philadelphia 76ers are dealing with some serious injuries at the moment, but they will try to play through them on home court on Wednesday night versus the Detroit Pistons. The 76ers are in as an 11-point favorite, with the point total set at 213.
When: Wednesday, March 11 at 7 PM EST
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
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Why bet on the Detroit Pistons
The Detroit Pistons season got off to a slow start and it has basically gotten progressively worse since then. This is a team that really does look as though they are just waiting for the end of the season, as they are coming into this one on a 4-game losing skid that has dropped them to just 1-9 in their last 10 games. Not that it really matters in the grand scheme of things, but if this run continues, they could very well end up rooted to the cellar in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons have just 20 wins on the year, with 9 of those coming on the road. In their last 5 meetings with Philadelphia, the Pistons are 0-5 SU and ATS, although they are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Why bet on the Philadelphia 76ers
The 76ers are a team that need some good news on the injury front, and they might just get it tonight, as there is talk that Joel Embiid might be back in the lineup. The other good news for the 76ers is that they will be back home, where they are a league best 28-2 on the season. They have won each of their last 14 games in their own building, so you really have to like them here against a Pistons team that appears to have shut up shop for the season. Philly has been totally dominant against the Pistons in recent seasons, winning 9 of the last 10 meetings and going 9-1 ATS in those 10 games. They are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games against Detroit.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Yes, the 76ers still have some serious injury concerns, but getting back home against one of the worst teams in the conference might just be the tonic that they need here. I think the 76ers win this one going away, covering in the process.
Detroit Pistons 102 Philadelphia 76ers 121