Even the worst teams in the NBA can go on a run. And although Detroit aren’t anyone’s idea of a prospective play-off contender, the Pistons have won their last four games including victories over Miami and Atlanta to recover from their initial 0-8 start to the season.
On Sunday night, they’ll get a chance to pull out five in a row for the first time in three years when they host the woeful Charlotte Bobcats, who still have just one win in their last 20 games and are giving up a mammoth 103.8 points per night.
But here’s why you should take the Cats on the handicap of +9 at 1.91. Against several other teams with sub-.500 records, they’ve kept games relatively close, with a blowout to Phoenix their only heavy reverse. And in Detroit’s upswing, they’ve only beaten one opponent – Miami – by double digits. So there’s a good bet that the Pistons will win out, but not by too much.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are still in hot pursuit of the Clippers for supremacy in the West but we’ll see what they’re made of over the coming three weeks with 11 of their next 13 games coming on the road. OKC are 8-4 away from home so far but their travel itinerary starts with a cross-border trip to Toronto, where the Raptors are 8-6 to date.
Canada’s finest are just 4-13 against opponents with winning records but the real red flag is their 0-15 record when conceding 100 points or more. That’s a tally which the Thunder have only failed to reach eight times – accounting for six of their eight losses. It’s unlikely that the Raptors will slow down OKC so the smart money says take Kevin Durant & Co. on the handicap of -6.5 at 1.91, in tandem with going over the total points line of 197.5.
The defending champions go up against the worst of the NBA when Miami host Washington. We’ve already seen the Wizards upset the Heat once this season but revenge was taken in a 102-72 Miami win last month. Washington have lost four straight and won only once on the road all season. But if you’re wary of the handicap of -14 on the Heat, then look over the line of 191.5 points, available at 1.91.
Bet of the day: Take Oklahoma City on the handicap over Toronto at 1.91.