NBA Betting: Detroit Pistons at Portland Trailblazers

NBA Betting:  Detroit Pistons at Portland Trailblazers

Western Conference against Eastern Conference at the Rose Garden in Portland between the hometown Blazers and the Detroit Pistons. Both teams played last night. Both teams are in rebuilding mode with Detroit signing free agent Josh Smith and Portland hoping to start creating a team around last year’s rookie of the year Damien Lillard. Depending on whether or not the nucleus of the Blazers’ lineup can stay healthy and whether some newcomers can help bolster their notoriously weak bench Portland could be back over .500 at the end of this season. Detroit is a hard team to figure–many NBA prognosticators think they’ll be back in the playoffs this year but so far they’re just 2-3.

The Blazers are in hardcore rebuilding mode–they’ve got a decent starting lineup nucleus but a poor defense and a weak bench. Portland remains a team that most look to ‘play on’ at home and ‘play against’ on the road. That’ll likely be the case again this year though so far the Blazers are 2-1 both at home and on the road. Pistons have won two of the last three meetings in head to head play though the only game in Portland was a Blazers win/cover.

Josh Smith is ‘the man’ in Detroit but he’s not been overly effective this season. He’s done a bad job with shot selection and hasn’t taken care of the ball well–typical traits of a player with a brand new big money contract. The Blazers are scoring a lot of points and the Pistons are allowing a lot of points so we anticipate a shootout. Maurice Cheeks–the Pistons first year head coach–spent several years coaching the Blazers in the early 2000’s. He’ll get a nice round of applause from the Rose Garden crowd but this is just another regular season game. Blazers starting to ‘gel’ and they shouldn’t have much trouble with an underwhelming Pistons team. We’ll look for both teams to put up double digit point totals and look for this total to sail ‘Over’. Neither team much defensively–that’ll probably be the Blazers’ eventual undoing in a tough Western Conference.