New York Knicks at Detroit Pistons (-5, 204 o/u)
Two teams that could use a win will clash tonight when the New York Knicks (23-28, 9-16 Away) face the Detroit Pistons (26-24, 15-8 Home) at The Palace of Auburn Hills (7:00 PM Eastern).
Both the Knicks and Pistons are coming off losses at the hands of the Boston Celtics, and a win would help them in a congested Eastern Conference. Detroit is a more legitimate playoff contender, while the Knicks remain a team with lots of questions about the future and direction of the franchise.
New York has lost six of their last seven games, including two straight at home to the Warriors and the Celtics. No one expected much against the Warriors, but their dismal performance against the Celtics – a team they could conceivably catch in the Eastern Conference playoff race – left a lot of people disappointed.
“Defensively, we’ve slipped as a team,” said guard Arron Afflalo to the Associated Press. “It’s not even worth talking about – we just have to improve. We have to improve defensively because offensively we have the talent. The frustrating part is that we’re not getting the stops when we need them in the fourth quarter.”
The Knicks were outscored by the Celtics 59-28 in the paint in the 97-89 loss on Tuesday, and it could be a similar story tonight against Andre Drummond and the Pistons. The Detroit center leads the NBA with 15 rebounds per game.
Despite Drummond’s domination on the boards, Detroit has been shaky lately. The Pistons enter this game with three losses in their last four, including a 102-95 setback to Boston last night. Drummond had 16 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.
Detroit is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games at home against New York, and 17-7-1 ATS in its last 25 home games, overall. New York is 0-5 SU in its last five on the road.
Look for the Pistons to “rebound” at home tonight.
Pick: Detroit (-5).
(Photo credit: Keith Allison (Originally posted to Flickr)[https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/].)
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