Pistons odds vs. Knicks: Detroit starting lineup with Jerami Grant out

Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports /

The Detroit Pistons will face the New York Knicks today in an afternoon game at Little Caesar’s Arena.

Both teams will be missing key players, as the Knicks have Julius Randle listed as questionable, with Derrick Rose, Cam Reddish, Kemba Walker and Nerlens Noel listed as out, while Detroit will be without Jerami Grant , Isaiah Livers and Hamidou Diallo, who has been ruled out for the season.

Pistons’ starting lineup without Jerami Grant

With both Randle and Noel potentially out, the Pistons could decide to go with their jumbo starting five in an effort to take advantage of mismatches with Marvin Bagley III.

  • Cade Cunningham
  • Cory Joseph
  • Saddiq Bey
  • Marvin Bagley III
  • Isaiah Stewart

Stewart and Bagley III have had some success on the floor together and Detroit is likely interested to get a long look at their fit before they make a decision on Bagley III this offseason.

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The Knicks are coming off a surprise win over the Miami Heat, getting a W without Randle, but hopefully Detroit will be able to take advantage of Bagley III going against Obi Toppin.

Detroit Pistons vs. New York Knicks: Odds, spread, over/under and best bets

According to WynnBET, the Pistons are 4.5 underdogs to the Knicks at home.

If you’ve been reading these articles, then you know the Pistons’ cover has been the best bet in basketball over the last few weeks and it appears the books may have finally figured it out, as this spread is in the “no man’s land” range when the books don’t want to take a solid stand.

The money lines are +160 for Detroit and -195 for New York, but I’d stick with the points and hope the Pistons keep it close.

The over/under is a combined 219.5, which seems about right, but I still like the under. The Pistons failed to score 100 points against the Wizards and this could be another low-scoring affair against one of the other worst offenses in the league.

New York and Detroit have the 26th and 27th scoring offenses in the league, respectively, averaging a combined 211 points per game, so I like Detroit to cover and the under.

As for daily fantasy, Cade Cunningham is your best high end bet for the Detroit Pistons, as he and Saddiq Bey should be plenty of opportunities with Jerami Grant out.

Saddiq Bey is one of the streakiest players in the league and appears to be in a down slide, so stick with Cade in this one and hope he racks up the stats.

As for low-cost plays, Marvin Bagley III is the clear choice, as he will get increased touches in the starting lineup and has a nice matchup he should be able to exploit.

How to watch Pistons vs. Knicks

The game vs. New York has a weird tip-off time of 3:30 PM ET and you can watch on Bally Sports Detroit or listen on 950 AM.

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