The Detroit Pistons visit the New York Knicks after both teams are coming off losses. The Pistons are coming off a road loss to the Boston Celtics, while the Knicks are coming off a road loss to the Brooklyn Nets. This should be an interesting matchup because both teams need to rebound. You can look at the starting lineups and injuries for each team below. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!
Detroit Pistons vs. New York Knicks Betting Odds
The New York Knicks are 7-point home favorites against the Detroit Pistons and are at -275 on the money line. There is no over/under posted just yet too. The Knicks being this big of a favorite jumps out a bit because both teams just lost, but the Pistons are struggling more than the Knicks are this year. The Knicks have been average at best, but the Pistons are having a sub-par season. The spread could move a bit, just because the Pistons have been that bad too.
Detroit Pistons vs. New York Knicks Prediction
The pick: New York Knicks -7
The New York Knicks have been the epitome of average this season. They are just coming off a loss, but were 5-5 on the season before that. The leading scorer for the Knicks has been Julius Randle who’s averaging just over 20 points a game and he’s also the Knicks leading rebounder at nine a game. Jalen Brunson and RJ Barrett are right behind with averaging just over 19 points a game. The Knicks are right in the middle of the league with their offensive and defensive performance this year. The good news is that while the best the Knicks have been is average, the Pistons have just been very bad to start the year. The Pistons have a few good pieces on their roster, but they’re just young. Cade Cunningham is the best piece the Pistons have, and he averages about 20 points a game, and six assists for the Detroit Pistons. This has the opportunity to be a very close game just because there’s no one player that stands out a ton on each team. Take the Knicks here because they do have the better team across the board, including having the better coach. Also, the Knicks are the home team and it could be difficult to win in Madison Square Garden more often than not.
Pistons are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest.
Knicks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
Under is 5-1 in Knicks last 6 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points.
Can Cade Cunningham get the better of the more experienced Jalen Brunson? Does Saddiq Bey have any chance against RJ Barrett?
Jalen Brunson vs. Cade Cunningham
Cade Cunningham has Jalen Brunson beat in every category from points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks, and he’s only been in the league for 2 years while Brunson has been for five years. Jalen Brunson, on the other side, has Cade Cunningham beat in field goal percentage and three-point percentage. Cunningham has the final one beat and beats Brunson at free throw percentage. This will be a very interesting matchup especially with the height difference between both of these players being five inches. This matchup will have a huge impact on this outcome because point guard is such an important position.
Saddiq Bey vs. RJ Barrett
RJ Barrett beats Saddiq Bey as well in points, rebounds, assists, and blocks, while steals are equal. RJ Barrett also beats him in field goal percentage, while Saddiq Bey beats him in three-point percentage and field goal percentage. Barrett also has been in the league just one more year than Bey has. Barrett should have the upper-hand here just overall, but it will be interesting to see how Bey does, especially on defense. Barrett is a pure scorer, so any defense that Bey can provide could definitely alter how this game turns out too.