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Knicks vs. Pistons prediction, odds, line: 2021 NBA picks, Dec. 29 best bets from model on 48-24 run

The New York Knicks travel to face the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday evening. Both teams are below .500 to begin the season, with the Knicks at 16-18 and the Pistons at 5-27 through the first 32 games of the 2021-22 campaign. New York’s injury report is unclear on the second night of a back-to-back, though both Derrick Rose and Nerlens Noel missed the team’s game on Tuesday. The Pistons are missing 12 players against the Knicks, including Cade Cunningham, Jerami Grant, Kelly Olynyk and Isaiah Stewart

Tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET in Detroit. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Knicks as eight-point road favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 213.5 in the latest Knicks vs. Pistons odds. Before you make any Pistons vs. Knicks picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven model

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters Week 11 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 48-24 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning almost $2,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Knicks vs. Pistons and locked in its NBA picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting trends for Pistons vs. Knicks:

  • Knicks vs. Pistons spread: Knicks -8
  • Knicks vs. Pistons over-under: 213.5 points
  • Knicks vs. Pistons money line: Knicks -330, Pistons +260
  • NYK: The Knicks are 4-2 against the spread in the last six games
  • DET: The Pistons are 3-3 against the spread in the last six games

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Why the Knicks can cover

The Knicks are far superior to the Pistons on paper, both due to New York’s statistical profile and Detroit’s issues. The Pistons are dead-last in the NBA in offensive efficiency, scoring only 101.1 points per 100 possessions. Detroit is also dead-last in both field goal percentage and two-point percentage, with the No. 28 mark in assists and the No. 27 mark in turnover rate. On defense, the Pistons are also scuffling, allowing more than 110 points per 100 possessions. Detroit is dead-last in field goal percentage allowed and No. 28 in the NBA in 3-point accuracy allowed. 

New York has true strengths in crashing the offensive glass and protecting the ball, ranking in the top ten of the NBA in both areas. On defense, the Knicks are allowing only 44.0 percent shooting to opponents, and New York is giving up only 12.3 second-chance points per game due to strong defensive rebounding and rim protection.

Why the Pistons can cover

Detroit’s defense has a solid matchup against New York. The Pistons are forcing 15.7 turnovers per game, No. 3 in the NBA, and Detroit is averaging 8.1 steals per game this season. Detroit is also above-average in 3-pointers allowed (11.9 per game), and the Knicks have some offensive vulnerabilities. New York is in the bottom third of the NBA in field goal shooting and two-point shooting, with the Knicks generating the second-fewest assists in the league. 

On the other end, the Knicks are in the bottom five of the NBA in turnovers created and steals, with the Pistons using the free throw line to their advantage. Detroit is No. 4 in the NBA in free throw attempts, averaging 22.1 per game, and the Pistons are in the top 10 in free throw accuracy at 78.7 percent.

How to make Pistons vs. Knicks picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting 207 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits nearly 70 percent of the time. You can only see the model’s NBA picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Knicks vs. Pistons? And which side of the spread hits nearly 70 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.

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