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Can the 76ers Start Beating Better Competition?

There is no doubt that the Philadelphia 76ers are plenty of fun to watch this season and are immensely better than in the past several years but is the young team ready to step up? The 76ers have a rather underwhelming 7-18 SU record in their last 25 games vs teams with winning records, including 2-4 in the past three weeks. Philly hosts a surprisingly strong Detroit Pistons teams Saturday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Pistons are 6-2 SU and ATS in their last 8 games against the 76ers.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 3 of the Pistons' last 4 games against the 76ers.
  • The 76ers are 14-3-1 ATS in their last 18 games after consecutive ATS losses.

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons continue to be one of the best young tandems we have seen in years, as both players are averaging at least 18 points and nine rebounds while shooting over 49 percent from the field. Simmons was the shining star the first time the 76ers and Pistons met this season, as the redshirt rookie recorded his first ever triple-double in just his fourth game.

The Pistons are coming off a tough loss Friday in which they struggled with the long ball – 9-for-30 from three-point range – and were easily outrebounded by Washington. Though the offense struggled vs the Wizards, it seems like an anomaly, as the Pistons scored 14 fewer points than their season average and 25 points less than their average during their prior three games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those looking to pick the visitors as their prediction to cover in this one found the Detroit Pistons listed as 5.5-point underdogs earlier at BetOnline. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER total betting line for this game was set at 214.5 at Bovada but may have moved since the betting odds opened.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 111-98 win for the 76ers on Saturday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Detroit Pistons vs Philadelphia 76ers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Detroit Pistons have seen them go 14-7 and 14-6-1 ATS so far this NBA season, while the Philadelphia 76ers are at 12-9 and 14-7 ATS. In Over/Under totals betting, the 76ers are 12-9, while the Detroit Pistons are 10-11. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Philadelphia vs Detroit injuries news.

This game pits the Philadelphia 76ers, currently No. 11 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Detroit Pistons, who rate No. 8 in the most recent survey update.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Philadelphia's No. 6-ranked offense (109.1 PPG) against a Detroit Pistons defense that ranks No. 7 at 102.4 PPG. The Philadelphia 76ers have averaged 46.04% from the field per game, less than the Detroit Pistons have managed so far this NBA season (46.48% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Detroit suffered a 109-91 loss against Washington on Friday, getting 15 points from Tobias Harris in a losing effort at Capitol One Arena.

Philadelphia got 18 points from Dario Saric but lost anyway 108-97 against the Celtics on Thursday at TD Garden.

Betting Trends
  • Detroit is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Detroit is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Detroit's last 8 games
  • Detroit is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
  • Philadelphia is 13-5 ATS in its last 18 games
  • Philadelphia is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games
  • Philadelphia is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Detroit at San Antonio, Monday, December 4th
Philadelphia home to Phoenix, Monday, December 4th