Philadelphia 76ers vs Detroit Pistons

 

Image licensed from USA Today Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers will travel to the Little Caesars Arena on Saturday night to take on the Detroit Pistons in an Eastern Conference matchup. Philadelphia is 10-5 and is coming off a game against the Boston Celtics on Friday night. Detroit is 3-11 and is playing against the Houston Rockets on Friday night as well. This will be the first of two consecutive matchups between these teams so it will be a feeling out process.

Shocking to many people, these teams have produced similar team numbers so far this season. Let’s take a closer look into Philadelphia and Detroit to determine where we should be placing our wagers for this game.

Best Center in the League?

The Philadelphia 76ers have been depending on the output from their star center Joel Embiid this season as he is averaging 26.4 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.1 blocks, and 1.4 steals in 31.4 minutes per game. He is shooting well as he is 54.5 percent from the floor, 36.8 percent from three-point range, and 83.9 percent from the charity stripe. In his last game against the Celtics, Embiid played 33 minutes and finished with 42 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, a block, and two steals. If he can figure out how to replicate that game against Detroit, this could be another monster day for Embiid.

The Detroit Pistons have been a below-average defense so far this season as they are giving up 114.3 points, which is tied for 23rd in the NBA. In their last game against the Hawks, they allowed 123 points on 44-of-100 (44 percent) from the floor, 9-of-24 (37.5 percent) from deep, and 38 free-throw attempts. If they can figure out a way to defend without fouling, the Pistons can pull off the upset in this game.

Money Man

The Detroit Pistons have been depending on the output from their small forward Jerami Grant this season as he is averaging 25.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.3 blocks, and 0.9 steals in 36.7 minutes per game. He is shooting well as he is 47.3 percent from the floor, 38.9 percent from three-point range, and 86.3 percent from the free-throw line. In his last game against the Hawks, Grant played 41 minutes and finished with 32 points, six rebounds, and five assists. If Philly cannot figure out how to stop Grant from putting up big scoring numbers, this could be on upset alert

The Philadelphia 76ers have been an average defense so far this season as they are giving up 110.3 points, which is 13th in the NBA. In their last game against the Celtics, they allowed 109 points on 42-of-89 (47.2 percent) from the floor, 12-of-33 (36.4 percent) from deep, and 20 free-throw attempts. If they can figure out a way to limit the open shots that were taken against them, they should be in a better spot defensively.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The 76ers have a better rotation and should be able to control this game against the Pistons. Detroit doesn’t have the firepower to stop either Ben Simmons or Embiid and there is a reason they started 3-11 to begin the season. Philadelphia has beaten on lesser teams on their schedule this season and this should be no different. Go with the Philadelphia 76ers in this game on the road.

Prediction:
Philadelphia

Want another opinion on this pick?

Visit WinnersAndWhiners.com


Visit PickPapa.com

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The defenses aren’t great but let’s talk about the offenses. Philadelphia is averaging 113.8 points per game this season while shooting 47.4 percent while Detroit is averaging 109.4 points per game this season while shooting 42.7 percent. It’ll be difficult to put up as many points as Philadelphia’s stars do not shoot many threes and Detroit doesn’t shoot well on a consistent basis. Go with the UNDER in this matchup.

Prediction:
UNDER