Detroit Pistons NBA Team Preview and Betting Picks
Little Caesars Arena – Detroit, Michigan
Dwane Casey – Head Coach
Eastern Conference – Central Division
2017 Record: 39-43
The Detroit Pistons have missed the playoffs for the past two seasons and it caused them to part ways with former Head Coach Stan Van Gundy.
The Pistons have a rich tradition of being competitive and competing for the NBA Finals Championship but in the last few seasons, they simply just couldn’t get off the ground.
In the past 10 seasons, the Pistons have only posted 1 winning season.
The Pistons organization is expecting big changes with the hiring of a New Coaching Staff and because they were able to retain their core set of players.
Let’s dig a bit deeper into the 2018-2019 Detroit Pistons and determine where we think they will end up.
Detroit Pistons Coaching
The Detroit Pistons were the benefactor of the Toronto Raptors going in a different direction and parting ways with last year’s NBA Coach of the Year, Dwane Casey. The Raptors terminated Casey after he led Toronto to its 5th consecutive playoff appearance and the best record in the Eastern Conference.
The Pistons didn’t wait long to snag Casey as he would have been one of the most sought after Head Coaches in the NBA. Casey has coached the Minnesota Timberwolves, Toronto Raptors and now the Detroit Pistons.
When Casey was with Toronto, he improved the team in nearly every season with the exception of 2016, when the team had 51 wins and lost in the Conference SemiFinals.
Detroit Pistons Offseason Transactions
- June 22, 2018 – The Detroit Pistons used their 2nd round NBA Draft selection to pick 38th and take Creighton Shooting Guard Khyri Thomas.
- June 22, 2018 – The Detroit Pistons used their second-round NBA Draft selection to pick 42nd and take Miami Shooting Guard Bruce Brown Jr.
- July 7, 2018 – The Pistons signed free agent Jose Calderon, formerly of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
- July 7, 2018 – The Pistons signed free agent Glenn Robinson III, formerly of the Indiana Pacers.
- July 7, 2018 – The Pistons waived free agent Dwight Buycks
- July 8, 2018 – The Pistons waived free agent Eric Moreland, who later signed with the Toronto Raptors.
- July 9, 2018 – The Pistons lost Anthony Tolliver, who signed a 1-year contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
- July 10, 2018 – The Pistons signed undrafted free agent Keenan Evans, from Texas Tech Red Raiders to a two-way contract.
- July 13, 2018 – The Pistons lost free agent James Ennis III, who signed a 2-year contract with the Houston Rockets.
- July 15, 2018 – The Pistons signed free agent Zaza Pachulia, formerly of the Golden State Warriors.
- August 21, 2018 – The Pistons lost Kay Felder, who signed as a free agent with the Toronto Raptors.
Detroit Pistons Starting 5
Reggie Jackson (PG) – Jackson is back with the team but his season has been shortened in each of the past two years due to various injuries. The Pistons are hoping they can get a full season out of Jackson in 2018.
Reggie Bullock (SG) – The Pistons would like to get some more production out of Bullock on the offensive end of the court. He averaged 11.3 points per game last year but they resigned him at a bargain price so they are hopeful with a healthy Griffin and healthy Drummond, Bullock will benefit and be able to shoot a bit more.
Stanley Johnson (SF) – Johnson is one of the best defensive players on the Pistons and should continue to stride forward and improve as the season plays on. Johnson is in for some added workload this year and should improve his stats across the board.
Blake Griffin (PF) – Griffin came to Detroit midway through last season and now stands as the best player on the team. Much like Jackson, last season his season was shortened due to a knee injury. He is expected to be fully recovered and ready for the start of the regular season.
Andre Drummond (C) – Drummond is the best rebounder in the NBA and having the ability to allow his teammates to lob it up, knowing if they miss it, Drummond will be there to dominate the boards.
Detroit Pistons Key Bench Players
Ish Smith (PG) – Smith is in the final year of a 3-year contract with the Pistons and at 30-years of age, he needs to make a statement this year to potentially get one more money contract at the end of the season.
Luke Kennard (SG) – Kennard could benefit greatly from Casey being the Head Coach. Casey likes shooters and Kennard can grow in his program. Kennard will come off the bench to start the season but with the way, injuries play out in the NBA, we could potentially see him work his way into the starting 5 by the season's end.
Glenn Robinson III (SF) – Robinson needs to prove it from the beginning that he can be a complete, all-around player in the NBA. He shot just under 40% from the 3-point line in 2016 and 41% last year. If he can stay healthy, he could potentially raise that number and become a much larger aspect of Casey’s offense, which thrives on the 3-pointer.
Zaza Pachulia (C) – Pachulia is the backup Center and unless there is an injury, he will be limited on minutes each night. He needs to make the best of his time on the court and force the Pistons into wanting to find ways to get him in the game.
2018 Predictions and Betting Outlook for Detroit Pistons
The Pistons have the right man in place to lead them back to the playoffs. Casey will make this team a competitive unit and with Drummond playing human vacuum cleaner under the basket, he will allow them to take chances that they normally wouldn’t risk.
I think this team has the right players to benefit from Casey being hired and I think they will be going back to the playoffs, this year! My first wager that I’m giving out on the Pistons is playing them over at MyBookie on the regular season win total.
They are currently sitting at 38 games, which I think they will easily pass this year. With retaining the bulk of their defense and adding the shoot first mentality of Casey, this team stands to have a really strong season. I have them account for at least 42 wins on the season, minimum, so for me, this is a no-brainer to play the over. Our friends over at MyBookie have set the following lines on the Detroit Pistons:
- Odds to Win NBA Championship: + 15000
- Odds to Win Eastern Conference Championship: +5000
- Odds to Win Central Division: +450
- NBA Regular Season Wins Total: 38 games
- NBA MVP Odds: Blake Griffin +25000
- Rookie of the Year Odds: +2000
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