The Detroit Pistons (26-24) return home from a disappointing road trip, which saw them lose two of three straight up and against the spread, when they host the skidding New York Knicks (23-28) on Thursday.
Coincidentally, both Detroit and New York are coming off losses to the Boston Celtics, with the Pistons falling 102-95 as four-point road underdogs Wednesday.
Detroit is a 5.5-point home favorite at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark but saw shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope suffer a groin injury in the first half at Boston. He finished with just four points in 16 minutes of action and is expected to sit out this game versus New York.
Caldwell-Pope ranks third on the team in scoring with 14.6 points per game and will be missed since the team does not have another quality player at his position on the roster.
With that loss, the Pistons have also dropped three of four SU and ATS, including a 114-106 setback against the Cleveland Cavaliers as four-point dogs in their most recent home game last Friday.
The Knicks fell 97-89 to the Celtics as 4.5-point home dogs Tuesday, losing for the sixth time in seven games and failing to cover for the fourth time during that stretch.
Forwards Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis combined for 26 points on 8-of-27 shooting, making only 1-of-7 from three-point range between them.
The team shot less than 38 percent from the floor overall and was even worse (36.7 percent) in losing 116-95 to the Golden State Warriors in their previous game as 11-point home dogs.
New York has also dropped five in a row on the road but owns a 15-10 mark ATS away from home. Unfortunately for the Knicks, Detroit is one of the best home teams in the NBA versus the line, going 15-7-1 ATS.
In addition, the Pistons have performed well at The Palace of Auburn Hills the last five times they have played the second game of a back-to-back situation, going 4-1 SU and ATS, according to the Odds Shark NBA database.
In fact, the last two times they have played at home under that scenario this season, they won by double digits.
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