Written and authored by National Basketball Association Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball Betting news and notes. NBA Premium Predictions have been winning at a 73.5% rate and will continue through the 2016 NBA Finals in June 2016. The (23-28) New York Knicks of the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division will be in the “MOTOR CITY” for a Conference matchup. New York will take on the (26-23) Detroit Pistons of the Eastern Conference Central in 2016 NBA action. The teams will play at The Palace od Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit, Michigan. Tip-Off time is at 7:00 PM EST on the TNT Television Network. The game is on Thursday, February 4th, 2016. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the New York Knicks are on the rise. General Manager Phi Jackson will give New Yorkers something to cheer about in a few years. Detroit has one of the best Centers in the league and a gritty head coach. The Opening Betting Line has Detroit as a five nd a half-point Home Favorite Against The Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 204 for Thursday’s game.
The New York Knicks have dropped six of their last seven basketball games. The most recent setback, an eight-point home defeat at the hands of the Boston Celtics. Starting point guard Jose Calderon missed the last four games with a groin injury. Rookie Jerian Grant has got NBA bloodlines with Father Harvey and Uncle Horris both playing in the league. The rookie from Notre Dame is in line to be the Knicks next true point guard but the future in the “BIG APPLE” is looking bleak for Grant. Calderon struggles left the door open for Grant, but he is not ready for the bright lights. The Knicks will be better with a crafty veteran such as Brandon Jennings of the Piston’s or Atlanta’s Jeff Teague. New York averages 99.2 ppg on offense. Defensively the team ranks 15th in the league. Forward Carmelo Anthony is the team leader in scoring, assists, and rebounds. The key to a New York win is for someone to make open shots other than “MELO”.
The 2016 Detroit Pistons broke a two-game losing streak by beating Brooklyn at the “PALACE” on the first of February. The Pistons have their share of injuries. Reggie Jackson, Marcus Morris and Ersan Ilyasova are all dealing with minor ailments. Head Coach Stan Van Gundy recently told his team that the NBA schedule is a grind, and sometimes you have to play with pain. The franchise is also helping the residents of Flint, Michigan by donating $500,000 to their water relief. Center Andre Drummond is going to be an All-Star, and he praises Van Gundy and other teammates for the honor. The University of Connecticut alumni must improve his free throw shooting to become a dominant player. Detroit ranks twelfth in the NBA scoring the basketball and on defense. Point Guard Reggie Jackson is the team leader in scoring and assists. The key to a Pistons win is to keep the ball moving on offense.
New York is 21-8 ATS the last twenty-nine between the teams.
The Betting Odds Under The Total are 6-2 the last eight times the team played in Detroit.
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