|9.5 DET (-110) @ Fanduel|
10* Detroit (8:05 ET): Chicago is off B2B blowout victories, but it’s probably a case of “too little, too late” as they still trail by three games in the race for the final play-in spot. You’ve got to wonder where the team would be had leading scorer Zach LaVine not missed so much time. LaVine is now back and so is Nikola Vucevic. The Bulls have to be happy that they just beat Charlotte and Boston (two teams ahead of them) by nearly identical scores. But laying this many points with them on the road would be a bad idea.
In last place in the Eastern Conference, Detroit is in the second game of a back to back here. They lost at Philadelphia, 118-104, and a relatively high-scoring second half cost me my Under. Not happy about that, especially after the Pistons scored just 17 points in the first quarter. I do expect them to shoot the ball better tonight and remember what I talked about in yesterday’s analysis. Though they’re giving their young players most of the minutes right now, the Pistons are probably better than their record. They are definitely better than the two teams directly ahead of them in the standings, Cleveland and Orlando.
Chicago is just 3-5 SU its last eight games and has been favored only once during that span. The number of times this season they’ve been favored by more than five points is THREE and they lost two of those games outright. All three games were at home. There is a chance this could be the most points the Bulls have had to lay in any game all season. So there’s some real value in fading them off rare B2B blowout victories. The Pistons are 17-9 ATS off a double digit loss. 10* Detroit
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