With our NBA best bet on Thursday we select from the Eastern conference match up as the Washington Wizards travel to to face the Detroit Pistons. The Wizards and Pistons will tip off from Detroit at 7:30PM Eastern Time and it’s the NBA League Pass delivering the live television telecast. Our NBA top pick is playing on the Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons to play over the total of 190 points. The pointspread from the Wizards and Pistons was used from Top Bet sportsbook.
The Detroit Pistons opened up in the betting as a -8 point home favorite with an over under of 190 points. The money has shown early from the NBA bettors on the road club Washington Wizards as the Detroit Pistons are now lined as a -7 ½ point betting favorite in some betting outlets but -8 points in most locations. The total has moved up to a high of 191 points at most offshore sportsbooks with a low of 190 points at a few online sportsbook betting locations. Those who bet the Detroit Pistons on the money line will lay -360 odds. If you believe the road team Washington Wizards can pull off the upset win tonight against the Detroit Pistons one can get back +325 odds for their wager on the money line.
As we near the conclusion of the regular season neither the Washington Wizards nor the Detroit Pistons will be participating in the playoffs. Washington is a miserable 12-42 this season and has been playing without their key defensive component in the middle in Nene. The Washington center has been sidelined with a nagging foot ailment in plantar fasciitis and has missed three games. With Washington hopelessly eliminated from playoff contention the club is just playing out the string and has lost their intensity on the defensive end of the court. In their past three games they have allowed 48.1% shooting to Toronto, 51.8% to Milwaukee and last night in a loss the club gave up 57.9% shooting to the Indiana Pacers. They are going up tempo more as they have averaged 94 points and nearly 46% shooting in their past five games. Washington is giving opposing players plenty of space to operate offensively and the team seems inclined to tank down the stretch to better their chances of getting Anthony Davis as the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft. I don’t expect Washington to lay it on the defensive end of the court tonight.
The Detroit Pistons has talent on the court and center Greg Monroe has really stepped up his game this season. Monroe is coming off a solid game on Tuesday where he poured in 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 102-95 home win against Orlando. In addition to Monroe in the starting lineup are Brandon Knight, Ben Gordon, Jason Maxiell and Tayshaun Prince who can score points on the offensive end of the court. In Ben Gordon’s return to the lineup on Tuesday he poured in 18 points and dished out seven assists as the club posted 102 points on the Magic. With each team out of the playoffs they just throw out the ball tonight and run up and down to court so play the over at best online sportsbooks.