The Detroit Pistons are getting Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose back for a visit with the Charlotte Hornets. Here is how it impacts betting odds and DFS.
The Detroit Pistons desperately need a win and catch a break with its only game in a week’s span, leaving as clean of an injury report as they’ve seen all season while visiting the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.
The Hornets (4-7) have lost four straight after an impressive start and are one of five teams tied in the Eastern Conference standings with Detroit (4-8) a half-game behind.
Lines: Pistons -3.5 (opened at Pistons -3), according to The Action Network.
Over/under: 220.5, according to The Action Network.
Moneylines: Pistons -165, Hornets +145
ATS: Pistons 4-7-1, Hornets 5-5-1
O/U: Pistons 8-5, Hornets 6-5
Reggie Jackson remains out for the Pistons and Khyri Thomas is also out after having surgery on his right foot, leaving him out for at least six weeks. Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose, who sat Tuesday’s game against the Heat as a second part of a back-to-back, were not on Detroit’s injury report.
Dwayne Bacon is probable on Charlotte’s injury report but the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell reported it’s no guarantee Bacon gives it a go. Nicolas Batum practiced with the Hornets on Thursday but is listed as out for Friday’s game with a finger injury.
A lot of attention will likely be on other games on the NBA slate but the Pistons and Hornets could be a sneaky game stack. With a 220.5 over/under and both teams with winning records against the over/under could make for some solid plays. Paying up for the Pistons key players – Andre Drummond, Luke Kennard and possibly Rose or Griffin – will be necessary to capitalize.
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P.J. Washington and Cody Zeller are playing 27-29 minutes per game by design, The Athletic’s Roderick Boone reports. Both will struggle to defend Detroit’s frontcourt so both are fades in a potential game stack.
Terry Rozier is coming off a tremendous performance in Wednesday’s loss, scoring 33 points with five rebounds, six assists and two steals. His price tag is an affordable $6,600 on DraftKings and is a nice moderate option among point guards. Devonte’ Graham is off to a great start, too, and is averaging 18 points, 7.3 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game. The duo is in a good spot against a weak defensive backcourt.
Malik Monk scored a season-high 20 point on a season-high 13 shots on Wednesday. His price tag jumps one grand up to $5,000, which is likely good value against a Pistons team that hasn’t been good defensively against wings. Former Michigan State Spartan Miles Bridges has taken 10-or-more shots in his last nine games, leaving good opportunities offensively. His athleticism will help him corral rebounds, too.
Drummond, Griffin, Rozier, Kennard and Rose are solid in GPP’s or cash games. Cody Zeller is a nice cash game option with limited upside until he sees normalized minutes. Monk is a good option in GPP’s along with Bridges and Graham.
How do you see Friday’s game turning out? What bets are you making and are you playing anyone from this game in DFS?