Pistons injuries and ridiculous odds vs. 76ers

Dec 13, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA;  Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) is defended by
Dec 13, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) is defended by / Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons will take on the Philadelphia 76ers for the second game in a row, this time on the road in Philly.

The Pistons are looking to snap their 21-game losing streak, while some fans are hoping it continues to force big changes. I wouldn't hold your breath on that one, as the front office and Tom Gores have been silent during this mess. It's not as if Gores is going to say something to rally the team, but he could at least let fans know that someone is paying attention and feels their pain.

I don't expect magic words from Troy Weaver either, but how about a "Hey, we didn't expect this, it's unacceptable, it's embarrassing and we are working on it." The Pistons have some of the best fans in the world and at least deserve an owner and front office who haven't completely abandoned them.

Troy Weaver's letter to fans now seems ridiculous. dark. Next. Troy Weaver's letter to fans now seems ridiculous

But I digress.

The Detroit Pistons will again be shorthanded tonight, not that it would matter, but it did make for some ridiculous odds.

Pistons injuries vs. the 76ers

Detroit will be missing Monte Morris, as they have all season, and Marvin Bagley III and Jalen Duren will join him on the injured list for the Pistons.

The Pistons went from too many centers to not enough just in time to play Joel Embiid twice in a row. Good times!

The Pistons were hammered on the boards last game and predictably had no answer for Embiid, which the books think is going to continue tonight.

The 76ers do not have any players on the injury list.

Pistons odds and best bets vs. the 76ers

According to Fanduel, the Pistons are 16-point underdogs tonight on the road in Philly, which is about as high as you will ever see a spread.

If you had bet $100 on the Pistons to lose at the beginning of this streak and just kept rolling it over, you'd have over six figures right now. The books are going to make you earn it tonight with that spread. Even if the Pistons keep it close early, expect their typical late collapse and for Philly to cover.

The prop that made me laugh the most was the point total for Joel Embiid. It is set at over/under 35.5 points, which has to be the highest I've ever seen. Generally point totals are near or under the player's season average, but 35.5 is more than Embiid (or anyone else for that matter) averages for the season. Considering he had a 20-point double-double in the FIRST HALF of the last game, you can expect more of the same, though Philly may get a chance to rest him if it gets out of hand.

The Pistons are not only making history for futility on the court but are forcing betting numbers like I've never seen.