Vegas Over/Under: 38.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 41 The Bet: Hammer the over This isn’t about the Detroit Pistons’ upsidedown. All indications point to those playoff contenders having one of the greatest floors–relative to their over/under line, at least–and consequently becoming one of the league’s safest over bets.
Everything went wrong throughout the 2016-17 campaign, and also the Pistons managed to squeeze 37 wins out of their troops.
Now, they get to function with another year of advancement from Andre Drummond, Stanley Johnson and another young players, add perfect matches in Luke Kennard and Avery Bradley, get deeper in the frontcourt with the addition of Anthony Tolliver and should have a much healthier version of Reggie Jackson leading the charge.
The beleaguered point protector can’t play worse than he did last year, and we have little reason to believe that is his true level. Since Duncan Smith wrote for Piston Powered:»The question now remains whether Jackson is going to be the participant of a year ago or two years ago, or whether he will be somewhere in between. His priority this summer has been nothing but rehab, eschewing on-court work to focus solely on strengthening the knee.»
Even someplace between the fringe All-Star of 2015-16 along with the tragedy of 2016-17 would depart the Pistons in far better place, and the deepening backcourt should enable them to break him keep the knee tendinitis from flaring up again. Plus, that is not the best news of all.
The Pistons still play in the Eastern Conference, and it is poorer than ever.
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