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Pistons Were 1-2 Against Nets Last Season, Host Brooklyn as +105 Underdogs

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Andre Drummond and the Pistons are a good bet to snap their two-game skid as they host the Nets. Photo By Keith Allison (Flickr) [CC License].
  • Pistons won lone home game against Nets in 2018-19, but lost both contests at Barclays Center
  • Detroit finished 27-25 in games against other Eastern Conference clubs and was 26-15 at home last season
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At two wins apiece in this young NBA season, the Brooklyn Nets and Detroit Pistons are currently sitting outside of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. However, Saturday’s matchup in Detroit could see one of these teams make a jump in the standings.

Both teams are playing the second contest of back-to-back games on Saturday and those situations certainly favored Detroit in the 2018-19 season. The Pistons were 6-7 in the second game last season, while the Nets were just 4-10.

The Nets vs Pistons odds favor Brooklyn in this instance, though Detroit was generally fairly solid at Little Caesar’s Arena last season.

Brooklyn Nets vs Detroit Pistons Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total Points at Bovada
Brooklyn Nets -2.0 (-105) -125 O 224 (-110)
Detroit Pistons +2.0 (-115) +105 U 224 (-110)

*Odds taken Nov. 2

Evenly Split

The last six seasons of matchups between these two teams have gone one of two ways. In seasons where the teams have played three games, like last year, the Nets have finished on top with a 2-1 record. In years where the teams meet on four occasions, the Pistons emerged triumphant with a 3-1 edge.

With four games on tap between the teams this year, it remains to be seen if this trend will continue.

Early Returns

The Pistons’ season has followed a fairly predictable pattern so far through six games, namely win one, lose two. Though they obviously haven’t played enough games to make anything of that, with Blake Griffin still on the shelf with hamstring and knee issues, and Reggie Jackson currently out with back tightness, Detroit has certainly been playing shorthanded.

However, in the absence of two of their stars, the Pistons will be hopeful for another standout game from Andre Drummond as they play their third game in four nights. Averaging 21.7 points per game and 18.5 rebounds, Drummond is playing way above his career averages of 14.2 and 13.8. But that hasn’t been enough in some games, such as Friday’s loss to the Chicago Bulls, where despite putting up 25 points and 24 rebounds, the Pistons were on the wrong end of a 112-106 defeat.

Fun-and-Gun Offense

The Brooklyn Nets are scoring in bunches so far this season. They are currently third in the NBA with an average of 120 points per game and fourth in the league with an average of 50.3 rebounds per night.

Former Celtics star Kyrie Irving is very much leading the way here – particularly in the absense of Kevin Durant – putting up season averages of 32.6 points and 7.0 rebounds thus far. However, he is getting some solid help from the likes of Caris LeVert (19.8 points) and Spencer Dinwiddie (15.0 points), to help power the offensive effort.

However, the sheen on the offense is tarnished by the lack of a consistent defensive effort, with Brooklyn ranked 27th overall in the NBA by allowing 122 points per game so far. With that, look for the Pistons to bounce back after losing two straight.

Pick: Pistons (+105)

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