The Detroit Pistons are just 4-41 straight up since last season's trade deadline.
The Detroit Pistons are gaining attention for all the wrong reasons this season. Sitting dead last in the NBA standings, the Pistons have lost a franchise-record 17 straight games and they only have two wins on the season. In November, they became just the 13th team in NBA history to lose every game in a month when they dropped all 15 contests.
But, the bleeding has to stop at some point, right? Let’s take a look at Detroit’s upcoming schedule and see if we can find a win for the Pistons.
Detroit Pistons upcoming schedule
December 6: vs. Memphis Grizzlies
December 8: @ Orlando Magic
December 11: vs. Indiana Pacers
December 13: vs. Philadelphia 76ers
December 15: @ Philadelphia 76ers
Despite how bad the Pistons are playing, they are actually fairly small underdogs in their home game against Memphis on Wednesday night. That’s because the Grizzlies aren’t much better than Detroit. After starting the season on a six-game losing streak, Memphis now sits second-last in the Western Conference standings with a 5-14 record overall. It doesn’t help that the Grizzlies haven’t had their best player, Ja Morant, all season as he serves a 25-game suspension. If Detroit can’t beat Memphis, the losing streak could carry on for a long time.
Next up for Detroit after the Grizzlies, is the Orlando Magic, one of the early surprises of the season. Orlando is second in the Eastern Conference with a 14-6 record and they held the longest win streak of the season at nine games prior to their loss in Brooklyn on Saturday. Orlando also has a stellar 9-2 record at home this season, so it will be tough for the Pistons to pry two points out of the game.
The Pacers will be another tough matchup for Detroit. Indiana is sixth in the Eastern Conference with an 11-8 record and they lead the NBA in points per game (128.4) and field goal percentage (50.9 per cent). Tyrese Haliburton has been a key piece for the Pacers. Haliburton, who averages a team-high 26.9 ppg, leads the NBA in average assists per game (11.8) and he is second in average three-pointers made per game (4.0). Indiana already dismantled the Pistons 136-113 on Nov. 24, with Haliburton going off for a game-high 26 points and 10 assists.
The biggest upcoming test for the Pistons is a home-and-home against the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 13 and Dec. 15. The Sixers are fourth in the East with a 12-7 record and they boast the NBA’s reigning MVP in Joel Embiid, who currently has the third-best odds to repeat. Embiid is averaging an NBA-best 32.0 ppg and he is fifth in rebounds per game (11.3). As a team, Philadelphia is ranked fourth in the NBA in ppg (120.1), third in point differential (+7.0) and fifth in blocks per game (6.2).
Detroit Pistons verdict
It’s tough to envision the Pistons beating Orlando, Indiana, or Philadelphia, so if they don’t win against Memphis, which is paying out at +100, your best bet is to take Detroit to win December 16 or later at +400.