New York Knicks vs Detroit Pistons Prediction, 4/3/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Knicks vs Detroit Pistons
Date: Saturday, April 3, 2021
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
TV: Bally Sports Detroit
Odds/Point Spread: New York (-5.5)
The New York Knicks (24-24) go to Little Caesars Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Detroit Pistons (14-34). The line on this matchup has New York as 5.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 214.
The New York Knicks stepped onto the hardwood against the Minnesota Timberwolves and took a loss by a final of 102-101 in their last contest. New York wrapped up the contest having earned a 47.6% field goal percentage (39 of 82) and knocked down 11 out of their 23 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Knicks converted 12 of 17 attempts for a percentage of 70.6%. In relation to getting rebounds, they earned 41 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 20 assists for the game while forcing the opposition into 12 turnovers and earning 7 steals. When discussing defense, New York let their opponent shoot 41.4% from the floor on 36 out of 87 shooting. Minnesota dished out 25 assists and had 9 steals in this game. Furthermore, Minnesota totaled 40 boards (9 offensive, 31 defensive) and earned 6 rejections. Minnesota went 84.2% at the free throw line by making 16 of 19 shots. They also made 14 out of their 40 attempts from distance.
Julius Randle is a guy who came through in this matchup. He ended up finishing with 26 points on 11 of 20 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 39:15 minutes and also pulled down 12 rebounds. Randle finished the game at 55.0% from the field and recorded 6 dimes. Someone else that came through in this game for the Knicks was RJ Barrett. He pulled down 3 rebounds in his 40:31 min on the basketball court. He walked away from this one shooting 44.4% from the field in this matchup by shooting 8-of-18 (23 points). When the final whistle was blown, Barrett totaled 2 assists.
New York enters this one with a mark of 24-24 for the year. The Knicks are hitting 37.4% on shots beyond the perimeter (517 of 1,384) and 76.3% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 104.8 pts per contest (28th in the NBA) while hitting 45.1% from the field. They turn the ball over 13.6 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 20.8 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, New York is grabbing 45.9 boards per game and has 1,000 dimes on the season, which has them ranked 29th in the league in terms of passing. When they are on the defensive end, the Knicks have forced 12.6 turnovers every game while drawing 18.4 fouls. They are conceding 33.6% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 1st in basketball in PPG allowed (104.5). The Knicks defensively are allowing a FG percentage of 44.2% (604 of 883) and they surrender 43.6 rebounds per game as a unit. They rank 4th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,099 relinquished for the campaign.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Detroit Pistons got the win with a final of 120-91 when they played the Washington Wizards. The Pistons were able to snag 38 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 48 for this game. They turned it over 13 times, while earning 8 steals for this contest. The Wizards had 21 personal fouls for the contest which took the Pistons to the free throw line for 22 attempts. They were able to bury 18 of those for a percentage of 81.8%. In relation to shooting from beyond the arc, Detroit converted 12 out of their 29 attempts (41.4%). When the final whistle was blown, the Pistons shot 45 for 94 from the floor which gave them a rate of 47.9%. The Pistons permitted the Wizards to make 40 of their 85 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 47.1% in this matchup. They went 26.3% from beyond the arc by shooting 5 of 19 and finished the game at 6 of 19 at the free throw line (31.6%). In regard to how they rebounded, Detroit permitted Washington to collect 40 in all (4 on the offensive side).
Josh Jackson was important for the Pistons in the matchup. He converted 13 of 21 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 61.9%, and earned 2 rebounds. Jackson recorded 31 points in his 28:31 minutes on the hardwood and had 4 dimes in this game. Another guy that ended up playing a role for Detroit was Mason Plumlee. He ended up finishing with 7 dimes in his 28:05 mins played, and he put in 6 of 11 from the floor. Plumlee wrapped this one up going 54.5% from the floor and also contributing 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Detroit has a win-loss record of 14-34 on the campaign. When it comes to executing on offense, the Pistons are connecting on 44.5% from the field, which is 27th in the league. Detroit has scored 5,151 pts so far this season (107.3 per contest) and they average 42.6 rebounds per game. They are getting an assist 24.4 times per contest (17th in the league) and they cough up possession 14.7 times per game. The Pistons commit 20.6 fouls every game and they connect on 77.1% from the free throw line. The Pistons on defense are ranked 9th in basketball in PPG given up with 110.6. They have surrendered 24.8 assists and 44.4 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks 17th and 18th in the league. The Detroit defense allows 37.4% on shots from distance (563 of 1,507) and their opposition makes 76.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing their opponents into 14.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 47.6% from the field (25th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Detroit (+5.5)
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