Detroit Pistons vs. Indiana Pacers: Are the Pistons Actually Good?

Detroit Pistons vs. Indiana Pacers prediction and pick for Friday's game. Handicapper Jonathan Macri breaks down Pistons vs Pacers plus Knicks vs Suns in his best picks for Friday's NBA action.
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Detroit Pistons vs. Indiana Pacers: Are the Pistons Actually Good?

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Detroit Pistons vs. Indiana Pacers Line Movement

Detroit Pistons vs. Indiana Pacers Prediction

The hottest team against the spread that's in action tonight? It isn't the Sixers or the Bucks or the league-best Suns, but the Detroit Pistons, who have covered six games in a row while winning four of those outright.

It's not like they've been racking up W's against fellow bottom-feeders either. They've topped the Celtics, Hornets, and Raptors, all on the road while beating the Cavs at home and losing close in the rematch against Boston and on the road in Washington.

The biggest reason for their success isn't the play of one person, but of three: star rookie Cade Cunningham, second-year stud Saddiq Bey and last year's Most Improved Player runner-up Jerami Grant, who is back healthy and producing. Those three have combined to average an even 60 points per game over the last six on solid shooting. As a trio, Detroit is outscoring teams by an average of nine points per 100 possessions in the 148 minutes they've played together.

Now, returning home after a 3-game road trip, they face a Pacers team that has been spunky in their own right, going 4-4 ATS since the Haliburton trade while winning three of their last five outright. That said, Indy is just 2-7 as a road favorite this year, good for a 22.2 cover rate that is the second-worst in the league in such situations. Meanwhile, Detroit is a respectable 14-12 ATS as a home dog.

Keep riding this Pistons wave and take the points at home.

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Phoenix Suns vs. New York Knicks Prediction

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Phoenix Suns vs. New York Knicks Line Movement

Phoenix Suns vs. New York Knicks Prediction

Make it six straight losses and 10 drops in their last 11 games against the spread for the New York Knicks, who have bottomed out in the Eastern Conference play-in race and sit five games back of the 10th place Atlanta Hawks with 20 games to go.

It would seem that they should be a double-digit dog going into the building of what has been far and away the best team in the league, but here they are getting the benefit of a spread that is smaller than it should be. Why is that? Because Chris Paul and Devin Booker are out, and the perception of a team missing its top two players has shrunk this line several points too much.

Yes, New York has been feisty out of the break, playing league behemoths Miami and Philly (twice) tight for three quarters in each game. They have also faltered down the stretch, and with no point guard on the horizon (Derrick Rose remains injured) and Julius Randle turning into his usual fourth-quarter pumpkin, even if this is a close game throughout, the Knicks cannot be counted on.

Phoenix just showed they can beat a bad team, whipping the Blazers by 30 at home. Considering Portland beat the Knicks a few weeks ago, that's a bad sign for New York. Give the points at home.

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