The Detroit Pistons visit the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday evening in a battle between teams with their sights on the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. However, both teams have struggled to find the win column recently. In fact, Brooklyn enters Wednesday's matchup having lost six of its last seven, while Detroit has lost three straight. On the injury front, Andre Drummond (wrist) is questionable, with Blake Griffin and Luke Kennard still sidelined for Detroit.
Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. ET at the Barclays Center. Sportsbooks list the Nets as 6.5-point home favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 226.5 in the latest Pistons vs. Nets odds. Before you make any Nets vs. Pistons picks or NBA predictions, see what SportsLine's advanced computer model has to say.
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- Pistons vs. Nets spread: Brooklyn -6.5
- Pistons vs. Nets over-under: 226.5 points
- Pistons vs. Nets money line: Nets -270, Pistons +222
- DET: The Pistons are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games.
- BKN: The Nets have failed to cover the spread in six of their last seven games.
Why the Pistons can cover
The model knows that the Pistons are short-handed but Detroit does have strengths. The Pistons are an above-average offensive rebounding team that also creates free throws at a high rate. Detroit's best characteristic is perhaps the avoidance of fouls, keeping opponents away from the free throw line.
The Pistons should also be able to capitalize on Brooklyn's weakness in ball security, as the Nets are one of the NBA's worst teams at turning the ball over. On the other end, the Nets don't generate many turnovers defensively, allowing the Pistons to avoid disaster in an area that is traditionally weak for Detroit.
Why the Nets can cover
The model also understands that the Nets are the more talented team as currently constructed. Kyrie Irving is the player on either team, averaging 27.2 points and 6.7 assists per game this season, and he is flanked by another strong perimeter option in Spencer Dinwiddie, who is averaging 21.2 points and 6.5 assists per game in his own right.
Brooklyn can also rely on its perimeter shooting, with Joe Harris knocking down 40.4 percent of his three-point attempts and myriad options to provide space around Irving and Dinwiddie on the perimeter.
How to make Pistons vs. Nets picks
SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, with Taurean Prince projected to exceed his scoring average for Brooklyn. On the Detroit side, Svi Mykhailiuk is also projected to score more than his season-long average. The model also says one side of the spread hits in over 50 percent of simulations.
So who wins Pistons vs. Nets? And which side of the spread hits in over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Nets vs. Pistons spread you need to jump on Wednesday, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.