Philadelphia 76ers (0-3 SU, 1-1 ATS, 2-1 O/U) vs. Detroit Pistons (2-1 SU, 3-0 ATS, 2-1 O/U)
NBA: Monday, October 23, 2017, Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan, 7 pm ET
Line: Detroit -4.5; Over/Under: 214
It’s a battle of Eastern Conference foes who hope to have more success in 2017-18 than they did last season in the Motor City. The Philadelphia 76ers are on the road as they take on the Detroit Pistons Monday night. Philadelphia remained winless after getting pasted 128-94 on the road by the Raptors Saturday night. Detroit climbed back over the .500 mark with a 111-107 win on the road over the Knicks Saturday. The 76ers lead the all-time series 211-155 but the Pistons have taken six of the last seven meetings, including two of three last year.
Philadelphia 76ers Seek First Win of Season
Philadelphia battled in their first two games of the season, losing in Washington and at home to Boston but proved to be no match against the Raptors. The 76ers were in a big hole early, trailing 36-19 after the opening quarter and things went downhill from there. Philadelphia trimmed the lead to 13 at the half but was outscored 40-26 in the third. The 76ers were held to 39 percent shooting from the floor in the contest, including eight of 24 from three-point range. Philadelphia turned the ball over 20 times, lost the rebounding battle 51-41 and missed 14 of 36 free throw attempts in the game. Ben Simmons led the 76ers with 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in the loss.
The 76ers are struggling on the offensive end of the floor. The team is tied for 18th in the league in scoring offense with 100.3 points per game. Philadelphia is tied for 15th in rebounding with 45.3 boards a night and tied for 17th with 21 assists per contest. The 76ers are below average on the defensive end, ranking 25th by allowing 116.7 points a game. Jerryd Bayless is putting up 15.7 points per game while Ben Simmons averages 15.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and six assists per contest. Robert Covington adds 15.3 points per night, Joel Embiid contributes 14.5 points plus 13.5 rebounds per contest while JJ Redick chips in 12.3 points a game. Jahlil Okafor, Dario Saric, Amir Johnson and #1 overall pick Markelle Fultz are going to be looked at to contribute. The 76ers are 27th in the league shooting the ball as they hit 41 percent from the floor. Philadelphia is tied for 10th in threes per game with 11 triples a night and 12th in three-point shooting as they hit 36.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Detroit Pistons Look for Second Straight Win
Detroit had a tougher clash than expected on the road against the Knicks but managed to come up with the victory to bounce back from their first loss. The Pistons were down by as many as 21 points in the contest before rallying for the victory. After trailing by 13 at the half, Detroit outscored New York 60-43 the rest of the way to pick up the win. The Pistons shot 48.4 percent from the floor despite a 9 of 30 showing from beyond the arc. Tobias Harris led Detroit with 31 points in the game with 22 of those coming in the second half.
The Pistons have been up and down offensively, ranking 27th in scoring offense with 101.2 points per game. Detroit is 4th in rebounding with 45.7 boards per game and below average sharing the ball, ranking 24th in assists with 21.1 per night. The team is 6th in scoring defense as they allow 102.4 points a game. Tobias Harris is leading the team with 24.3 points plus 6.3 rebounds per game. Reggie Jackson adds 16.7 points plus 6.7 assists per contest, Avery Bradley adds 12.7 points while Andre Drummond contributes 12.7 points and 12.3 rebounds per night. Langston Galloway chips in 10.5 points per game. Anthony Tolliver, Ish Smith, Stanley Johnson, Luke Kennard and Jon Leuer all are key pieces for the Pistons rotation. Detroit is 11th in the league by shooting 46.7 percent from the floor. The Pistons are currently 17th in the league in three-point field goals per game with 9.3 while ranking 15th by sinking 35.4 percent from downtown.
- 76ers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 day rest
- 76ers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss
- 76ers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Central
- Pistons are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
- Pistons are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- Pistons are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game
Philadelphia has struggled on the road and it’s going to be a tough contest here. Detroit has looked tough in their first three games of the season, including their impressive rally to defeat the Knicks. The Pistons are getting good production from their core guys while Philadelphia is still trying to get their young guys all on the same page. Embiid still isn’t cleared for back to back games and is on a minutes restriction that has ruffled his feathers. Simmons and Fultz are still extremely green at the pro level and that costs them here: take the Pistons at home in this one.
Pick: Detroit Pistons -4.5
The 76ers are looking to figure out what they have with all this young talent. When you get right down to it, Fultz and Simmons are rookies while Embiid, despite being drafted several years ago, has still played less than half a season at the NBA level. The Pistons have a nice mix of veterans and younger guys as the infusion of Bradley to the mix has provided leadership and the infusion of talent from a guy who has had postseason success. That’s something the Pistons need at this point in time as they don’t have those kind of players in their rotation.
The over is 5-0 in the 76ers’ last 5 road games, 4-1 in their last 5 overall, 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference foes. Detroit has seen the over go 5-2 in their last seven games against Eastern Conference competition and 5-2 in their last seven against an opponent that allowed at least 100 points in their last game. Given the 76ers’ defensive woes, you have to lean toward this one going over.