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Brandon Lee betting the Detroit Pistons -2.5 points on March 27th 2017

Detroit Pistons vs. New York Knicks
NBA Betting Prediction: Pistons -2.5 (March 27th 2017)

As bad as the Knicks have been playing, Detroit shouldn’t be a road favorite here given they have lost 3 straight, are 1-6 in their last 7 and 11-25 on the road this season. I believe the fact that the oddsmakers have listed the Pistons as the favorite, makes them the smart play here, especially given the public jumping on New York as a short home dog. The big thing to keep in mind here is that Detroit is the only team with something to play for, as they are only 1-game back of the Heat for the final playoff spot in the east. Let’s also not overlook these two teams just played recently on March 11th and the Pistons won in blowout fashion 112-92. Knicks have trailed by double-digits at the break in each of their last 2 games and are a mere 4-16 ATS in the last 3 seasons after trailing by 10 or more points at the half in back-to-back games. Give me the Pistons -2.5!

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Cavaliers vs. Pistons Point Spread Pick from Larry Ness: March 9th 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Detroit Pistons
NBA Point Spread Pick: Cleveland -5.5 (March 9th 2017)

Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue (sinus infection) missed Monday’s loss at home to Miami but is expected to join the club in Detroit prior to tonight’s tipoff. On the injury front, the Cavs announced Wednesday that Andrew Bogut (fractured left tibia) has been ruled out for the postseason after being injured just 58 seconds into his team debut on Monday but shooting guard J.R. Smith (8.6 PPG) returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since fracturing his thumb on Dec. 20 (he is listed as questionable against Detroit).

The Cavs haven’t played like defending champs lately, as they head to Detroit having lost four of their last six games. That includes dropping both ends of a back-to-back against streaking Miami on Saturday and Monday. All of a sudden, Cleveland’s status atop the Eastern Conference is a little more precarious, as Boston pulled within 2 1/2 games of the Cavs, after shocking the Warriors last night in Oakland.

Detroit is tied with Chicago for seventh place in the East as it enters a stretch in which five of its next six games are at home. While Detroit lost for just the third time in eight games when it dropped a 115-98 decision to Indiana last night, the defeat did drop the Pistons two games behind the Pacers in the battle for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Head coach Stan Van Gundy was highly disappointed with the defensive intensity against Indiana. “They destroyed us,” Van Gundy told reporters. “We didn’t play defense at all. They scored on anything they wanted and we didn’t guard at all.”

These two teams have met twice this season, each winning at home. However, Cleveland does catch Detroit playing on the second end of a back-to-back. All things considered, this is a “more than fair price” on the Cavs, who are coming off back-to-back losses and have lost three in a row just twice this season. Take the road favorite.

Pistons vs. Raptors NBA Point Spread Pick from Larry Ness: February 12th 2017

Detroit Pistons vs. Toronto Raptors
NBA Point Spread Pick: Toronto -6.5 points (February 12th 2017)

The Raptors reached the Eastern Conference finals last year and were actually tied at two-all with the Cavs, before losing. However, the Cavs were blown out in the final two games of the series and any serious thought that the Raptors were somehow in Cleveland’s class should be dismissed quickly by noting that Cleveland’s four wins over the Toronto in that series came by margins of 31, 19, 38 and 26 points!

Toronto plays host to the Pistons on Sunday at Air Canada Centre. The Pistons come in off a 103-92 home loss to the Spurs on Friday. Detroit has a formidable frontcourt led by center Andre Drummond (14.7-13.8) plus three quality players in Harris (16.4-5.1), Morris (14.2-4.5) and Leuer (11.1-5.6). Harris is the team’s leading scorer but recently, Leuer has been starting. The backcourt features PG Jackson (15.5-5.6 APG), SG Caldwell-Pope (14.1) and Ish Smith (8.4-4.9 APG) coming off the bench. Despite this solid seven-man rotation, the Pistons rank only 24th in points scored at 101.5 PPG, a clear indication that there is little or no depth on the bench.

Depth is an issue often for Toronto, as outside of an All Star starting backcourt featuring DeRozan (27.9-5.3) and Lowry (23.0-4.7-7.0) plus center Valanciunas (12.3-9.9), head coach Casey really can’t count on the remainder of his roster to do much. Making matters worse, DeRozan has fought nagging injuries throughout the year (he recently missed four games with an ankle injury) and as we saw often in last year’s playoffs, shooting slumps appear all too often with Lowry. He’s a workhorse (37.7 MPG is tied for the most) but he’s shooting just 33.3 percent over the past four contests!

Toronto was 22-8 through Dec 26 but is just 10-12 since. The 32-22 Raptors have fallen three games behind the Celtics in the Atlantic Division and are now also behind the surging Wizards, leaving them with just the No. 4 seed. The winner of the 4 vs 5 matchup gets the Cavs in t shecond round, something Toronto can’t afford! The good news here is that the Pistons are a poor road team (9-18 SU & 10-17 ATS) and don’t figure to be able to match the Raptors basket-for-basket here on their homecourt, where Toronto averages 112.7 PPG. An added bonus is that the Raptors have not played since Wednesday (a disappointing 112-109 loss at Minnesota), their first three-day break of the season. Lay the points with Toronto.