Detroit Pistons Betting Update: Pistons Bettors Have Profited on the Over

The Detroit Pistons host the Chicago Bulls in a rare afternoon game on Thursday, Jan. 19 in Paris, France. We have odds for that game below, as well as odds history and trends for the Pistons in recent NBA action.

The Pistons are languishing in last place in their division. Only two teams in the league have a worse record. While injuries have saddled the team with adversity in the 2022-23 season, there’s also a seeming aimlessness to this franchise.

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Pistons Odds vs. Chicago Bulls on Jan. 19

The Pistons are +6 via Caesars Michigan sportsbook for this matchup with a division foe. It doesn’t seem possible, but the Bulls have probably disappointed their fan base more than the Pistons have this season. This is a game between two teams hoping fortunes will change any day.

Chicago is one of the best three-point shooting teams in the league, but that perimeter performance comes at a cost to interior play: the Bulls are a poor rebounding team and don’t offer a threat to block shots or halt dribble penetration.

Unfortunately, the Detroit defense is like a starstruck bouncer at a nightclub: letting everyone in. The Pistons rank 29th out of 30 teams in defense, and they must play the rest of the season without floor leader Cade Cunningham, who had season-ending surgery on his left leg in December.

Best Odds

CHI Bulls vs DET Pistons Moneyline Point Spread Total Points
CHI Bulls -10000 -7.5 (-110) O 235.5 (-110)
DET Pistons +2500 +7.5 (-110) U 235.5 (-120)
Odds updated: January 19, 2:12pm PST

How the Pistons Have Performed Against the Odds So Far

Detroit is struggling to prevent opponents from scoring. Against the Pistons, teams are shooting 49%, more than 2% higher than the league average. They enter the Jan. 19 game against the Bulls having lost their last five against Chicago.

The Pistons are 20-24-3 Against The Spread this season. That means they’ve covered 45.5% of the time, which ranks 23rd in the NBA.

Keep an eye on the OVER: Detroit is 27-19-1 for the Over this season (60.5% for Over in their games), the fifth-highest Over mark in the NBA. That’s mostly due to all the points the Pistons allow. The average O/U margin of Detroit games is +4.6, the second-highest, behind only Oklahoma City.

Detroit/Chicago betting trends:

  • The total has been Under in seven of Detroit’s last nine games against the Bulls
  • Detroit is 1-10-1 Against The Spread in its last 12 games facing Chicago
  • Chicago is 5-2 ATS in its last seven road games

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NBA Trade Deadline: What the Pistons Might do

The trade deadline is Feb. 9, and with Detroit’s season a lost cause, it’s possible the team will shuffle the roster.

Pistons fans can be forgiven for having whiplash. In the last 10 years or so, the franchise has remade its roster through trades almost every year. What is the team identity? How many unwearable jerseys can fans hide in their closets?

The players most mentioned as trade chips are Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks. Both are enjoying career years for the Pistons. Bogdanovic, a forward who has found his scoring touch, has been linked to the Brooklyn Nets. Burks, a veteran shooting guard, would be a nice addition for a number of playoff contenders at the deadline. Somehow he’s improved his 3-point shooting to 45.3%, which is seven points higher than his career norm.

What would Detroit want in return in a trade deadline deal? Draft picks? Well, the Pistons have eight first-round picks under the age of 23 currently on their roster. Yet, the team is on course to lose 60+ games. Perhaps a better strategy would be to acquire NBA-ready bodies.

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Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes is a writer and contributor for Michigan Sharp. He is an accomplished author, who has written three books about sports. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball. He isn't far from the Michigan action, residing near Lake Michigan, where he lives with his daughters.