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Knicks vs Pistons NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: New York Knicks at Detroit Pistons
- Where: Detroit at Little Caesars Arena
- Date: Sunday, January 15th
- Betting Odds DET +6.5, NY -276 | DET +223 O/U 226.5
So far, the Knicks have put together an overall record of 24-19, while going 23-19-1 vs the spread. New York comes into the game having rattled off 2 straight wins. In these games, they have an average scoring differential of 5.0 points.
In their previous game, the Knicks took down the Wizards by a score of 112-108. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 3 point favorites. Although New York trailed the Wizards going into halftime, by the end of the 3rd quarter they had taken the lead. Leading the team in scoring was Jalen Brunson, as he contributed 34 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.
The Pistons come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 12-34. So far, the team has gone 21-24-1 against the spread. In their previous 3 games, the Pistons are averaging 120 points per game while allowing 127. This has led to a record of 1-2.
Not only did the Pistons drop their last game to the Pelicans. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 116-110 as 5 point underdogs. Detroit was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Pelicans by 6 going into halftime. In the loss, Bojan Bogdanovic led the team in scoring with 22 points on a field goal percentage of 47.4%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Last year, the Knicks saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Pistons, averaging 101.0 points per game. Like the Knicks, the Pistons scored at a rate below their season average, finishing with 92.67 points per game vs New York. Across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings between the teams, both New York and Detroit have an ATS record of 2-2-1. The Knicks hold the edge in average point differential at +14 points per game. The over-under record in these same games is 3-2, with the teams combining for an average of 220 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Knicks come into today’s game as the 15th ranked scoring offense at 114.0 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Knicks will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.9 made 3’s per game. One area of the team’s offense that has been effective is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, they are ranked 4th, with an average of 20.0 made free-throws per game.
On the defensive end of the floor, the Knicks are giving up an average of 106.6 points per game, good for 6th in the NBA.
This season, the Knicks offense has primarily worked through Julius Randle and Jalen Brunson who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 43 games, Randle is 22nd in the NBA at 24.1 points per game. So far, him and Brunson have accounted for 38% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 46.3 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jalen Brunson is grabbing 3.6 rebounds for New York to go along with 6.5 assists.
For the season, the Pistons offensive unit is ranked just 21st in scoring at 112.3 points per contest. Coming into today’s game, the Pistons will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.7 made 3’s per game. If the Detroit offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 14.2 turnovers per game.
Against the Knicks, the Pistons will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 22nd in points allowed.
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Bojan Bogdanovic, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Bogdanovic leads the team in scoring at 21.2 points per game while Ivey is 2nd at 15.0. For the season, Bogdanovic is 65th in the NBA in usage rate and 80th in player efficiency. Behind him, Ivey has taken 14.3% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 41.1%.
Knicks vs Pistons Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Knicks -6.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 226.5