Atlanta at Detroit Odds, Betting Pick & TV Info

Posted by Michael Hunt on Tuesday,January 17, 2017 8:42, EST in

Usually when a head coach gets a vote of confidence from his owner, then that means said coach could be looking for a job soon. And that’s what Stan Van Gundy just got from Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores as Van Gundy’s team returns home from a road trip on Wednesday against the Hawks. The Pistons will be slight home favorites on NBA odds.

Atlanta at Detroit Odds, Betting Pick & TV Info

When: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 8 PM ET
Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills
TV: NBA League Pass
Stream: NBA TV
Radio: Atlanta / Detroit
NBA Odds: Pistons favored by TBA

Why Bet on Atlanta?

The Hawks (24-17) have won two straight and nine of 10. They are off a 108-107 victory at the sinking Knicks on Monday afternoon. Dennis Schroder scored 28 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 22 seconds left. The Knicks had three attempts to then win, but Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony and Joakim Noah all couldn’t convert before time expired. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 20 points and Paul Millsap had 17 for the Hawks.

The Hawks gave Dwight Howard the game off to rest. Howard is shooting .762 from the field (16-21) over the last three games, while averaging 13.7 ppg (41) and 12.7 rpg (38). He has not shot below .667 FG% in any game during the run. Howard is the active NBA leader with 639 career double-doubles (including one triple-double). He is tied for fifth in the NBA in double-doubles this season with 26. Millsap moved to center Monday and Hardaway Jr. into the starting lineup. Mike Dunleavy did not score in 19 minutes against the Knicks, adding three rebounds and one steal. Kent Bazemore kept it going, scoring 16 points with six rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

The Hawks have scored over 50 second-half points in each of the last nine games, averaging 55.3 points (442) in the final 24 minutes during the run. Atlanta has hit the 50-point mark in the second half 29 times total on the season, averaging 51.9.

The Hawks rank sixth in the NBA in assists at 24.0 per game, dishing out at least 20 helpers in 33 contests, including 25-plus on 20 occasions (four 30-assist nights). Atlanta is recording assists on 61.9% of their made baskets, fifth in the league. Atlanta is fourth in the NBA in spg (8.7), while ranking fourth in forcing turnovers as foes are committing 15.5 miscues per game (leading to 17.0 points). The Hawks have had 15 games this year with double-digit thefts.

Why Bet on Detroit?

Gores expressed “absolute confidence” in coach/president of basketball operations Gundy on Sunday despite his team’s slow start to the season. The Pistons, with a 19-24 record a season after ending a six-year playoff drought in 2015-16, snapped a three-game losing streak Sunday with a 102-97 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.

On Saturday, Gores had a three-hour meeting with Van Gundy. The owner and coach both emerged with excitement about the Pistons’ future despite that poor six-week stretch since early December. Van Gundy was given a five-year, $35 million deal in 2014 to take over.

“We’ve got a bump in the road, and that’s what success is about — you have to work through it. It’s all about having rough times and your ability to work through,” Gores told reporters. “I never worry about Stan, because he wants to win. He’s the hardest worker I’ve ever seen in my life. I believe in him as a man and I believe in him as a strong person.”

In the win over the Lakers, Tobias Harris scored 23 points and hit a decisive 3-pointer with 30.5 seconds to play. Marcus Morris scored 23 points and Andre Drummond had 15 points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons, who wrapped up their longest trip of the season.

Two starters were out and are questionable vs. Atlanta. Guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed his second straight game with a strained rotator cuff. Forward Jon Leuer missed his fourth straight game with a sore right knee.

The Pistons rank tied for first in least amount of turnovers per game, averaging just 12.1 turnovers a contest. They rank first in allowing second chance points, giving up just 9.3 second chance points per game.

This is the final regular-season meeting between Detroit and Atlanta. They have split against one another. Leuer is averaging 19.0 points against the Hawks this season. Schroder is averaging 17.0 points against the Pistons.

Atlanta at Detroit Betting Pick: Detroit Pistons

Detroit has lost three of the last four games at home against Atlanta, but I lean the Pistons here on NBA odds.