|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBACould there be a more stark contrast between the San Antonio Spurs and the Detroit Pistons? On the one hand, Detroit has caused a ton of controversy in the league over the past few weeks, with stories of player rebellions against the coaching staff and a lagging win-loss record. On the other hand, the San Antonio Spurs grab fewer headlines than any other elite team in the NBA, yet still have the best record in the league this year.
Either way, San Antonio will host the Pistons on Wednesday night, with a starting time of 8:30 PM ET. The Spurs are listed as the 11.5 point favorites to win. The total is set at 200. It would be a shock for the Detroit Pistons, with a 22-41 record, to beat the 51-11 Spurs on their home court, and the odds reflect this expectation.
There are always great expectations for San Antonio, whose position at the top of the Western Conference and the NBA is virtually guaranteed from here to the playoffs. They are a well-rounded program, ranking 6th in the league for scoring offense and 11th for scoring defense. On the offensive side, they are led by Manu Ginobili with 18 points per game. Tim Duncan leads the team in rebounding with 9.1 per game.
Detroit is not a weak team defensively, and are ranked as 15th in the league for points allowed per game. This middle-of-the-pack performance is not great, but the team really suffers on the offensive side. They are ranked 26th in the NBA for their scoring offense. Tayshaun Prince is the leading Pistons scorer at 14.1 points per game.
Interestingly, tonight's game may be a good bet. Detroit has paid out in four of the last five games whe playing in San Antonio. The games have gone under the total in four of the last six games on the Spurs' home court. However, the series has gone over the total in the last three games played anywhere.