Detroit Pistons Odds, Betting Guide & Picks for 2019-20
The Detroit Pistons stayed healthy and wound up riding Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin to a surprise playoff appearance last season. They were aggressive in free agency, signing a few key veteran role players who should help them maintain that status heading into 2020. They’re not a title contender, but they should be a playoff team for a second straight season.
Here’s the key odds available and how you should bet them:
Pistons Win-Total Betting
The Line: 37.5 with SugarHouse
The Pistons have won 39 and 41 games the last two seasons, and they bring back much of the same core from a year ago. While their ceiling isn’t all that high, they should hover around 40 wins.
The Bet: It’s not our favorite bet on the board, but we like the over if we had to pick.
Pistons Central Division Odds
The Line: +3500 with DraftKings
There’s no value here. The Bucks are going to run away with the Central, and it’s the Pacers – not the Pistons – who have the only realistic shot of catching them. There’s no scenario in which the Pistons jump the Bucks in the regular season.
The Bet: Just don’t.
Pistons Eastern Conference Odds
The Line: +8000 with FanDuel
The Pistons limped into the playoffs as an 8 seed but were swept by the Bucks in Round 1. That feels like their ceiling once again this season. Perhaps they make the postseason, but it won’t be a long stay.
The Bet: Avoid these long odds.
Pistons NBA Title Odds
The Line: +15000 with 888sport
These aren’t the Bad Boy Pistons. It’s a guards’ league, and the Pistons are built on frontcourt prowess. That may mean regular-season success, but they won’t ride a power forward and center to a championship.
The Bet: These odds have no value.
Best Pistons Player Prop Bets
Drummond was an All-Star in 2018 but missed out in 2019 despite even better numbers. He has taken his game to another level – especially on the defensive end – and it’s unlikely Griffin has a repeat performance from last season, so Drummond won’t be as overshadowed as he was a year ago.
The Bet: Drummond provides solid value here to get back to the All-Star Game for the third time.
About the Author
Mark Strotman is a veteran sports journalist who has covered the Chicago Bulls and the NBA for NBC Sports Chicago since 2012. His work has also appeared on ESPN.com, FoxSports.com, The Chicago Tribune, Yahoo Sports and NBC Sports. He covered the NBA Playoffs in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 as well as Team USA Basketball in 2014 and 2016. He has also covered high school football and was nominated for a Midwest Emmy in 2016 for his work on a documentary featuring local Chicago product and NFL prospect Miles Boykin. Strotman graduated from Marquette University in 2012 and during his time there reported on the men’s basketball team, covering both the Big East Tournament and NCAA Tournament in 2011 and 2012.