Fresh off a fourth-quarter comeback victory over the Atlanta Hawks, the Brooklyn Nets (18-8) will finish up their road trip in Detroit on Sunday evening against the Pistons (4-21). The best team in the East will do battle against the worst team in the NBA. Should be fun!
The Nets still need to work out whatever kinks exist with James Harden, but he’ll get the day off on Sunday despite the fact this contest would’ve been a good one for head coach Steve Nash to try and emphasize him when Kevin Durant was off the floor. Oh well, maybe next time.
Despite the Nets’ obvious roster flaws, they’ve managed to power through and remain a top-four team in the NBA through the season’s first 26 games. That’s a good sign, isn’t it? And Sunday represents an opportunity for Nash to play around in an attempt to fit the right puzzle pieces together. We liked what we saw from David Duke Jr. Cam Thomas is a scorer. Nic Claxton is working his way back. James Johnson now has a bigger role.
Whatever happens, this should be an easy one for Brooklyn, who could use an effortless outing before returning to the Barclays Center for a lengthy homestand.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Detroit Pistons betting odds, spread, over/under
According to WynnBET, the Nets are the favorites, checking in at -9 (-110, bet $110 to win $100) on the spread and -400 (bet $400 to win $100) on the moneyline. The Pistons are +320 (bet $100 to win $320) on the moneyline. The over/under has been set at 212 and either selection is -110 (bet $110 to win $100).
Brooklyn Nets vs. Detroit Pistons prediction
Do we need a ton of analysis here? The Pistons haven’t won a game since Nov. 17. They’ve since lost 11 straight. Back on Nov. 5, they fell to the Nets by a score of 96-90 thanks to a dominant third quarter from Brooklyn.
Even if the Nets deemphasize Durant and don’t see a single minute from Harden, they should have little issue with an extremely young Pistons team, which is without top performer Jerami Grant due to a thumb injury. The Nets’ collection of youngsters and veterans outside of KD and Harden is still better than Detroit’s.
We’re taking the Nets -9 and the under.
Nets 105, Pistons 93
Brooklyn Nets vs. Detroit Pistons TV channel
This game won’t be nationally televised, but you can catch it on the YES Network (for those in the New York market) or Bally Sports Detroit (for the folks in Michigan). Tip off is set for 6:00 p.m. ET.
Brooklyn Nets schedule and upcoming games
Dec. 14 vs. Toronto
Dec. 16 vs. Philadelphia
Dec. 18 vs. Orlando
Dec. 19 vs Denver