Take Utah (#538)
It's not hard to make a case for betting AGAINST the Pistons against strong defensive foes, because the Pistons offense is struggling mightily in recent weeks. Detroit has fallen all the way to #23 in the season long offensive efficiency charts – one spot ahead of the hapless Knicks, and it's not getting any better here in March.
Detroit's last road win came on January 10th; yet to win a single road contest with Blake Griffin in a Pistons uniform. They've lost to bad teams: Chicago, Orlando and Atlanta certainly stand out in that regard, because the Pistons were favored in all three contests. And when the Pistons have tried to step up in class on the highway, it's been downright ugly – all five road losses since the All Star Break have come by nine points or more, including a 29 point loss at Toronto, the best defensive team of the bunch.
Utah is rolling again, winners of six straight (5-1 ATS). Their defense has been positively stifling since Rudy Gobert returned from his injury; allowing just 86 points per game on 39% shooting over their last five contests. And if this isn't a ‘bet-on' quote from head coach Quin Snyder following their come-from-behind win at New Orleans on Wednesday, I don't know what is!
Snyder: “It's not just that they're playing with each other, they're playing for each other. In that third quarter when we were down by nine, I thought you saw some character from our group." I haven't seen a similar quote about the Pistons in many moons…..Take the Jazz