Pistons Hoping for Healthy Bodies
The New York Knicks fan base is getting antsy again, and a loss at the lowly Detroit Pistons on Tuesday could make for some more mumbling in Midtown Manhattan. The Knicks have lost four of their last five – including both ends of a two-game homestand – and are in need of a victory in this one with a matchup 24 hours later against the Milwaukee Bucks.
This is also a reunion of sorts as the Pistons have a handful of former Knicks on their roster, some of whom will be needed as injuries have piled high in Detroit. Read on for some information on those injuries and everything else to get you ready for a bet online at the sportsbook.
Knicks Searching for Defensive Edge
New York is giving up an average of 120.5 points over its last eight games. That number was even higher during the 0-2 homestand, which saw the Knicks fall 132-129 to Portland and 127-123 to Memphis.
Not only did the two close losses make fans scream out for another defensive stop or two, they were cruel reminders of what can happen when you have big stars making big plays. Budding standouts Jerami Grant and Anfernee Simons combined for 86 points for the Trail Blazers and Ja Morant put up a 27-point triple-double to help the Grizzlies eke by New York.
“He’s a fast break unto himself, he’s an offense unto himself and he reads the game well,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said of Morant.
New York just doesn’t have that player, although Jalen Brunson can play the part from time to time. He’s been on a bit of a roll lately, averaging 32.0 points and 7.3 assists over the last three games.
Opponents hit an NBA-high 38.7% from long range against the Knicks and they attempt an average of 91.8 shots vs New York, the highest mark in the East. Points can be had in bunches against this crew, and the Knicks sometimes struggle to keep up with woeful long-range shooting on their end.
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Banged-Up Pistons Bringing up Rear in East
The Pistons have had 10 different players make starts for them this season and they’ve used nine different starting lineups. That number could go up as head coach Dwane Casey tries to find rotations that work in the wake of injuries to starters Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Isaiah Stewart.
Ivey, Bogdanovic, and Marvin Bagley, who has been starting late, are listed as questionable for this one, so keep an eye on injury reports.
Meanwhile, whatever Detroit has been able to put out there has been pretty competitive of late. The team posted its first winning streak with road victories over Denver and Utah last week before hanging tough with Phoenix and Cleveland.
That’s a pretty good run of opponents and there’s at least some confidence that the attitude in the locker room is on point.
“It has been like this all week,” Saddiq Bey, the only starter not dealing with a physical issue, said after the loss to the Cavaliers. “Everyone came in and contributed, which was good to see.”
It probably won’t get people to flock to Little Caesars Arena, but each of Detroit’s last nine losses (with those two quality wins nestled in) have come by single digits. This team has the worst record in the NBA, but it rarely gets blown out.
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Knicks vs Pistons Head-to-Head
New York’s current 10-game winning streak against Detroit is its longest in a series that began in 1948. The Knicks have won five in a row in the Motor City.
Knicks vs Pistons Game Information
- Game: Knicks (9-11) vs Pistons (5-17)
- Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 29th, 7 p.m. ET
- Knicks vs Pistons Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Knicks vs Pistons Betting Lines
Knicks vs Pistons Picks & Prediction
Two losing teams both coming in with two straight close losses. There probably shouldn’t be too much separation in this one, which makes the spread look a bit large for us. While injuries mean everything as it pertains to the Pistons, expect at least a key player or two to return and to keep this one closer than Vegas thinks it will be.
New York is listed at -200 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Knicks, you have a chance to win $50. Detroit is at +170, offering a chance to win $170 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Knicks a 66.67% chance to win, with the Pistons at 37.04%.
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Knicks vs Pistons Previous Game (Nov. 11, 2022)
Neither the Detroit Pistons nor New York Knicks have gotten off to the start they’ve been hoping for. The Pistons have lost every single game on the road this year, which paints a rough picture for them moving into this date with the New York Knicks.
The Knicks have lost five out of their last seven games after starting the year 3-1. The consistency hasn’t been there, as they don’t do anything incredibly well or bad.