Of the few Eastern Conference teams that are on the rise, even fewer are more promising betting plays than the Detroit Pistons. There are still a few kinks head coach and president Stan Van Gundy must work out, but overall, the Pistons, though a fringe playoff team, have the betting appeal of a squad that's much better. Search the Internet to find out if either team is missing any key players. Pit the Pistons' offense and defense against the other team's offense and defense, and see who has the edge. After that, you are ready to place your bet.
Detroit Pistons Next Regular Season Game
Here's a look at the Pistons' next opponent. Don't just go off records when seeing who's on their docket. Really dig deep. See how the Pistons have fared against this team in the past.
This is where you can check out the rest of the Pistons' schedule. As with every other team, Detroit is one with which you can plan ahead. Pluck out the most attractive games in advance.
If a particular game is only a couple nights away, try starting your nuanced research early. Look out for injuries. Weigh the Pistons' offense and defense against the rival offenses and defenses. The sooner you can map out a direction for your bet, the better off you'll be on game day.
What Are The Current Detroit Pistons Standings
Since the Pistons are a fringe playoff team, it's not the wisest decision to place big time money on their championship and conference odds. That's where the standings come in.
If it looks like the Pistons will be able to avoid the Cleveland Cavaliers through the first round, they're among the most solid long shot bets. Emphasis here on long shot. You don't want to throw away a huge chunk of your sportsbook purse on these futures, because they're so unlikely. But they become justifiable investments so long as the Pistons can avoid the Cavaliers through Round 1—because after all, matching up with the Cavaliers in the first round basically assures any team, including the Pistons, of a first-round exit.
Along those same lines, these standings enable you to see if the Pistons are in position to make the playoffs at all. If they fall behind the top eight late in the season, you'll want to slow your roll on their playoff odds. That said, if they're close, and if you can find a sportsbook willing to take wagers on whether or not they'll make the playoffs, you may have unearthed a unique opportunity to make some money in the futures department.
Wait For The Pistons To Assemble A Stronger Bench
Before you give serious consideration to investing money in the Pistons' playoff, conference and championship futures, wait for them to round out the roster. The starting lineup isn't just good, it's great. But the Pistons don't have a ton to offer outside those five guys and that makes them risky future plays.
As luck would have it, though, they're going to have ample cap space over the summer, giving them the requisite flexibility to improve the roster by measurable margins. Should they land a superstar or just a few high-impact players, that's when you start taking flyers on their futures bets.
Even in that scenario, however, it's recommended that you stick with over/under wagers on their win totals and overall playoff odds—provided you can find sportsbooks that are offering such plays. The thing about making marked changes to the roster, however promising, is that it becomes tough to project how long it will take before the team achieves maximum chemistry. Some incoming players fit in seamlessly; other moves take time to pan out.
If the Pistons drastically improve over the offseason, do yourself a favor and wait until midway through the regular season before you start entertaining any conference or championship futures. This type of patience could save you a lot of money in the long run.