Vegas Over/Under: 38.5
The Record Projection: 41 of fromal The Bet: Hammer the over This is not about the Detroit Pistons’ upside. All signs point to these playoff contenders having one of the highest floors–relative to their over/under lineup, at leastand therefore becoming one of the league’s safest over stakes.
Everything went wrong during the 2016-17 effort, and also the Pistons managed to squeeze out 37 wins from their troops.
They get to function with another year of improvement in Andre Drummond, Stanley Johnson and another young players, add great fits in Luke Kennard and Avery Bradley, get deeper in the frontcourt with the addition of Anthony Tolliver and ought to get a healthier version of Reggie Jackson leading the charge.
The beleaguered point guard can’t play worse than he did last year, and we have very little reason to think that’s his true level. As Duncan Smith composed for Piston Powered:”The question now remains whether Jackson will be the participant of a year ago or two years ago, or whether he’ll be somewhere in between. His priority this summer was nothing but rehab, eschewing on-court work to concentrate entirely on strengthening the knee.”
Even somewhere between the fringe All-Star of 2015-16 and the disaster of 2016-17 would leave the Pistons in far better place, and the deepening backcourt should allow them to break him keep the knee tendinitis from flaring up again. Additionally, that’s not the best news of all.
The Pistons still play at the Eastern Conference, and it is weaker than ever.
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