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New York Knicks vs Detroit Pistons

Game Date: Thursday, January 17, 2013 | Game Time: 3:05 PM | Home Line: 5.5 | Total: 194.5

by Steve Miller

New York Knicks v Detroit Pistons Series Betting Trends

The New York Knicks travel to Detroit to play the Pistons at 3:05 PM on Thursday, January 17, 2013. Detroit is the underdog in this matchup, getting 5.5 points here at home. The Total has been posted at Over/Under 194.5.

Before getting to specific team details, let's have a look at the recent games in this series to see if we can identify any NBA sports betting trends to assist in making the right pick in this game.

Recent Results in the Knicks/Pistons Series

DateAwayTeamScoreHomeTeamScoreHomeLineTotal
November 5, 2014 New York 95Detroit98-4.0186.5
March 3, 2014 New York 85Detroit96-5.0205.5
January 7, 2014 Detroit 85New York89
November 19, 2013 New York 86Detroit92-4.0198.5
March 6, 2013 New York 87Detroit77
February 4, 2013 Detroit 85New York99-10.5197.0
January 17, 2013 New York 102Detroit875.5194.5
November 25, 2012 Detroit 100New York121-11.5190.5
March 24, 2012 Detroit 79New York101-10.5193.5
January 31, 2012 Detroit 86New York113-9.0184.0

When looking at the last 54 games in this series, we can see the home team has won 36 games compared to 18 wins for the road team. Average points scored per game for the home team in the New York/Detroit series is 98.1 ppg while the vistor has put up 94.4 ppg, creating an average margin of victory of 3.7 favoring the home team.

As stated, the exact advantage spanning the last 54 games represents a median average advantage for the home team in this series of 3.7 ppg. That represents a value number of 9.2 when meassured against the offered line of 5.5, suggesting a wager on Detroit makes the most sense - at least, when looking at betting against the number according to the historical series trends.

The average Total points scored spanning the last 54 games between the Knicks and the Pistons is 192.5 per game. That creates a differential of 2 against the line, suggesting a bet of Under 194.5 may hold the greatest value. At least in relation to the series history.

Now let's take a look at the series history in this exact situation, with New York as the road team and with Detroit as the home team.

Recent Results when New York visits Detroit

DateAwayTeamScoreHomeTeamScoreHomeLineTotal
November 5, 2014 New York 95Detroit98-4.0186.5
March 3, 2014 New York 85Detroit96-5.0205.5
November 19, 2013 New York 86Detroit92-4.0198.5
March 6, 2013 New York 87Detroit77
January 17, 2013 New York 102Detroit875.5194.5
January 7, 2012 New York 103Detroit804.5191.0
March 18, 2011 New York 95Detroit993.5215.5

When looking at the last 29 games in this series while Detroit has been the home team, we can see the Pistons have won 19 games compared to 10 wins for the Knicks. Average points scored per game by Detroit in this situation is is 96.2 ppg while New York has put up 93.8 ppg, creating an average margin of victory of 2.4 favoring the Pistons.

As stated, the exact advantage spanning the last games represents a median average advantage for the home team in this series of 2.4 ppg. That represents a value number of 7.9 when meassured against the offered line of 5.5, suggesting a wager on the Pistons makes the most sense. At least, that's the way it looks when you ponder a bet against the line, looking at this wager in the vacuum of this series situation.

The average Total points scored spanning the last 29 games between the Knicks and the Pistons is 190 per game. That creates a differential of 4.5 against the line, suggesting a bet of Under 194.5 may hold the greatest value. At least in relation to the series history.

Can the New York Knicks Cover the Spread?

This season the New York Knicks have played 27 games, averaging 93.6 points per game, while allowing 99.6 points per game. This has led to a season record of 5-22. Let's have a closer look at recent New York Knicks results.

Recent New York Knicks Results

DateAwayTeamScoreHomeTeamScoreHomeLineTotal
December 16, 2014 Dallas 107New York876.5201.5
December 14, 2014 Toronto 95New York906.5199.0
December 12, 2014 New York 101Boston95
December 10, 2014 New York 95San Antonio109
December 9, 2014 New York 93New Orleans104-6.5195.0
December 7, 2014 Portland 103New York996.5195.5
December 5, 2014 New York 102Charlotte103-4.5189.0

This season the New York Knicks have played 13 games on the road, averaging 96.5 points per game, while allowing 103.8 points per game. This has led to a season record of 2-11. Let's have a closer look at recent New York Knicks results on the road.

Recent New York Knicks Road Results

DateAwayTeamScoreHomeTeamScoreHomeLineTotal
December 12, 2014 New York 101Boston95
December 10, 2014 New York 95San Antonio109
December 9, 2014 New York 93New Orleans104-6.5195.0
December 5, 2014 New York 102Charlotte103-4.5189.0
November 28, 2014 New York 78Oklahoma City105-8.0186.0

Can the Detroit Pistons Cover the Spread?

This season the Detroit Pistons have played 26 games, averaging 93.8 points per game, while allowing 100.5 points per game. This has led to a season record of 5-22. Let's have a closer look at recent Detroit Pistons results.

Recent Detroit Pistons Results

DateAwayTeamScoreHomeTeamScoreHomeLineTotal
December 17, 2014 Dallas 117Detroit1066.5203.5
December 15, 2014 Detroit 91(LAC) Los Angeles113-11.5204.0
December 13, 2014 Detroit 95Sacramento90-5.5195.0
December 12, 2014 Detroit 105Phoenix103-9.5202.5
December 9, 2014 Portland 98Detroit868.0197.0
December 7, 2014 Oklahoma City 96Detroit9410.0194.0
December 6, 2014 Philadelphia 108Detroit101-9.5193.0
December 3, 2014 Detroit 102Boston109-5.0202.5
December 2, 2014 (LAK) Los Angeles 106Detroit96-2.0206.0
November 30, 2014 Golden St. 104Detroit938.5201.5

This season the Detroit Pistons have played 14 games here at home, averaging 94.5 points per game, while allowing 101.5 points per game. This has led to a season record of 2-12. Let's have a closer look at recent Detroit Pistons results when playing at home.

Recent Detroit Pistons Home Results

DateAwayTeamScoreHomeTeamScoreHomeLineTotal
December 17, 2014 Dallas 117Detroit1066.5203.5
December 9, 2014 Portland 98Detroit868.0197.0
December 7, 2014 Oklahoma City 96Detroit9410.0194.0
December 6, 2014 Philadelphia 108Detroit101-9.5193.0
December 2, 2014 (LAK) Los Angeles 106Detroit96-2.0206.0
November 30, 2014 Golden St. 104Detroit938.5201.5
November 28, 2014 Milwaukee 104Detroit88-2.0191.0
November 26, 2014 (LAC) Los Angeles 104Detroit989.0197.0
November 19, 2014 Phoenix 88Detroit862.5204.5
November 17, 2014 Orlando 107Detroit93-4.0192.0

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