Detroit Pistons Betting Update: Slumping Squad Faces Tall Task vs. Nets

The Detroit Pistons will lace them up to face the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday on the road, trying to halt a four-game skid. Rumors are swirling around the roster as the trade deadline looms.

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On Monday, the Pistons were pounded by the Milwaukee Bucks 150-130. The team allowed 83 points in the first half when they didn’t play defense as much as they served as greeters ushering Milwaukee players to the rim. That defense, which ranks next-to-last in the NBA, has shown to be toothless.

The Pistons are league-average against the 3-pointer, but dead last defending two-point shots, and woeful at stopping opponents in the paint. For a franchise that used to be known for physical toughness, the current Pistons are not really Pistons…they seem to be firing on zero cylinders.

Pistons Odds at Brooklyn Nets on Jan. 26

ORL Magic vs MIA Heat Moneyline Point Spread Total Points
ORL Magic +850 +8.5 (-110) U 209.5 (-115)
MIA Heat -1667 -8.5 (-110) O 209.5 (-115)
Odds updated: January 27, 7:28pm PST

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This is a matchup that doesn’t bode well for Detroit. The Nets are the second-best shooting team in the NBA at 50.8%. The only thing Detroit might be able to do is to get a hand into the face of the Nets shooters, who prefer to fade away or toss the ball up from the perimeter. Brooklyn gets off the fifth-fewest shots within a foot of the rim in the NBA.

The Pistons lost to the Nets in December in Detroit, 124-121, blowing a large halftime lead. In that game, Kevin Durant scored 26 points in the third quarter, a career-high for one quarter.

  • Detroit covers the spread 45% of the time after a loss.
  • The Pistons are 4-4-1 ATS in their last nine games.
  • The Under has paid off in 28 of the Nets’ 47 games.
  • The Under is 7-2-1 in the last 10 games for the Nets, through Jan. 25.

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Bettors should be mindful that Detroit has been shopping top-scorer Bojan Bogdanovic ahead of the NBA trade deadline. Apparently, the offers have been lower than the Pistons front office was expecting. But it’s still possible the forward from Bosnia and Herzegovina will be traded, leaving the team without a viable scoring option.

The Pistons are 11-12-2 on the road Against The Spread as an underdog this season. That means they cover about 45% of the time when they’re a dog away from home, which is basically every game on the schedule as a road team.

If there’s a silver lining of late, it’s the play of Jalen Duran. As Pistons Lead pointed out on Twitter, Duran has shot 79% from the field, 85% from the free throw line, and averaged 15.8 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 1.3 steals per game, and one block per game over his last four games. The 19-year-old is making a case for rookie honors.


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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 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.