Detroit-San Antonio - BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 00.35
Things just got a lot more chaotic for the Detroit Pistons. And it seems odds-on that the firing of head coach Maurice Cheeks won’t be the last upheaval in the Motor City this year.
Cheeks was axed just 50 games into his tenure with the timing all the more strange for following successive (and comprehensive) victories over Brooklyn and Denver.
There’s no doubt that the Pistons have under-performed but that has as much to do with the personnel and the culture than the playcalling, pointing to a precarious immediate future for general manager Joe Dumars as ownership ponders a fresh start.
With assistant John Loyer in interim charge, Detroit host the San Antonio Spurs on Monday with the hope that a change in voice might spark at least a short-term bounce.
That’s often the case in the NBA, and with the Spurs short-handed, and trying to limit the minutes of both Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, there’s some value in plumping for the Pistons at 2.35 for the win.
But San Antonio remains 20-2 against sub-.500 opponents and it’s worth looking at them on a handicap of -8.5 at 2.95 with their hosts amid such upheaval.
For fans of the morbid, the Philadelphia 76ers are now healthily priced at 1000 for the Eastern Conference title, with only fellow no-hopers Orlando and Milwaukee further out at 5000.
And it now looks like the Sixers are in the final stages of freefall with six straight losses capped by Sunday’s 45-point hammering at the Clippers.
It might not be quite that bad on Monday when they travel onwards to the Golden State Warriors but you still fear the worst for Philly.
Another heavy beating seems inevitable.
Best bet: Back San Antonio over Detroit on a handicap of -8.5 at 2.95