The Detroit Pistons (2-16) travel to face off against the New York Knicks (10-7) on Thursday, November 30th. This game will be played at Madison Square Garden in Madison Square Garden and televised on MSG. The Knicks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Pistons are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Hornets. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.
Pistons vs Knicks
The Pistons Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Detroit’s most recently played the Lakers and lost with a final score of 133-107. Alonside their straight-up loss, the Pistons failed to cover the spread as +7.5 point underdogs. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 230.5 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.
So far this season, the Pistons has a record of 2-16, as they look to get closer to the .500 mark vs. the Knicks. Currently, the team is 15th in the Eastern Conference as well as 5th in the Central division.
Detroit’s ATS record sits below .500 (7-11). In their last two home games, Detroit has been unable to cover the spread, and they maintain an ATS record of 3-6 at home compared to 4-5 on the road.
The Knicks Are Coming Off A Win
The Knicks’ most recent game versus the Hornets saw Julius Randle lead the Knicks with 25 points while shooting 8/15 from the field. Immanuel Quickley also contributed 23 points as the Knicks won by a score of 115-91 vs. the Hornets.
Coming into today’s game vs. the Pistons, the Knicks are looking to build on their above .500 record of 10-7. At this time, the team’s rank is 5th in the Eastern Conference, and they are also 3rd in the Atlantic division.
In terms of the spread, New York currently holds an ATS record of 11-6, which is above .500. This season, New York has a 8-3 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 3-3 as underdogs.
Pistons Offense Breakdown
Through 18 games games, Detroit is averaging 109.4 points per game (27th). In terms of pace, the Pistons are one of the top units in the NBA, averaging 99.8 possessions per game. While the team plays at an up-tempo speed, they could improve their efficiency in scoring since they currently rank 23rd in the league for overall field goal percentage, which stands at 51%.
Knicks Offense Breakdown
Through 17 games the Knicks are averaging 110 points per contest, placing them 26th in the NBA. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Knicks are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 95.1 per contest. Even though the Knicks are one of the more efficient 3-point shooting teams in the NBA at 37%, their slower-style of play may be holding back the team’s offense from fully taking off.
Pistons Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Pistons’ defense is giving up an average of 118.6 points per contest.
The Detroit defense has allowed opponents to shoot 36.6% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 47.5% of their field goal attempts vs. Detroit.
Knicks Team Defense
At this time, the Knicks’ defense is positioned 1st in the NBA, permitting 105.1 points per game.
Inside the arc, the Knicks defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 53.9% and 36.0% from three-point territory.
Key Players For The Pistons And Knicks
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Cade Cunningham is set to be the main scorer for the Pistons, recording 13 points and shooting 5/12 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 21.8 points per game, in addition to 3.7 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Jalen Brunson as the leading scorer for the Knicks. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 19 while also collecting 3 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 46.4% and is averaging 24.1 points per contest.
Pistons vs Knicks Trends
- Although Detroit has a straight up record of 1-9 in their last ten road games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 4-6. The team averaged 107 points per game in these games.
- Across their last three home contests, New York has been good against the spread posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 2-1, while averaging 114 points per game.
- Spanning across their last five games as the betting underdog, the Pistons have gone 2-3 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 0-5.
- Although the Knicks have a strong straight up record in their last three games as the betting favorite, they have not done as well vs the spread going 1-2.
In this Knicks vs. Knicks matchup, our point-spread bet is on the Pistons at +13.5. While we project the Knicks to win 107-104, our recommendation is to bet on the Pistons for the point-spread.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 218, and our model projects the Pistons and Knicks to reach a combined total of 211 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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