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On Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, the Philadelphia 76ers (6-2) are playing the Detroit Pistons (1-6) at Little Caesars Arena. Thus far, the 76ers are 5-3 against the spread in the 2021-22 NBA regular season, whereas the Pistons are 2-5 against the spread. BetUS odds are available below.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Detroit Pistons odds, predictions, picks and game preview

Start time: 7 p.m. ET

Location: Little Caesars Arena; Detroit, Michigan

TV channels: Bally Sports Detroit, NBA League Pass, NBC Sports Philadelphia

Radio broadcast: WWJ, WPEN

Live stream: Amazon Prime Video (30-day free trial), NBC Sports Philadelphia

ESPN’s Basketball Power Index: 76ers have a 60.8% chance of winning

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Detroit Pistons news

According to Land of Basketball’s database, based on 381 regular season games played all-time between these two Eastern Conference teams, the 76ers are 224-157 versus the Pistons. Leading into Thursday night’s matchup, Philadelphia is 2-1 versus Detroit in the last three head-to-head meetings. On Oct. 28, 2021, the last time these teams faced off, the 76ers won 110-102 at home. For another notable trend, the Pistons are also 1-9 in their past 10 head-to-head contests.

Additionally, for the Pistons, the top news story pertains to the organization assigning guard Saben Lee, forward Isaiah Livers and center Luka Garza to the Motor City Cruise, an NBA G League team based in Detroit. On August 23, 2021, Pistons assistant coach DJ Bakker was announced as the team’s first head coach of the Cruise.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Detroit Pistons betting odds and lines

Sportsbook: BetUS

Over/Under: 207.5

Point spread: 76ers -5.5 (-110)

Best moneyline: 76ers -240, Pistons +200

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Detroit Pistons injury report

76ers: SF Danny Green (out indefinitely) | PF Tobias Harris (out indefinitely) | PG Ben Simmons (out indefinitely) | PG Grant Riller (out indefinitely)

Pistons: No reported injuries

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Detroit Pistons preview

Moreover, on Tuesday, in the Pistons’ 117-89 home loss to the Bucks, forward Jerami Grant scored a team-high 21 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 24 minutes on the court. Trey Lyles contributed 13 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 18 minutes played. Notwithstanding their underwhelming effort to score points, they are allowing too many points defensively.

Detroit allowed a total of 60 second-half points. After reviewing the box-score game statistics, they shot 30-for-93 (32.3%) from the field and 8-for-47 (17%) from three-point range. Plus, they were out-rebounded 52 to 43. They are 1-2 at home and are currently on a two-game losing streak.

Meanwhile, in the 76ers’ 103-98 home win over the Bulls on Wednesday, guard Seth Curry led his team in scoring, finishing his performance with 22 points in 34 minutes of action. Georges Niang closed out his night with 18 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 32 minutes played, too. Despite losing the rebounding battle 47 to 35, their long-range jump shots were a significant factor in the team’s eighth consecutive win against Chicago.

The 76ers shot 38-for-77 (49.4%) from the floor and 12-for-28 (42.9%) from behind the arc. The Bulls were held to 19 first-quarter points. And, of course, Chicago’s two-game winning streak was snapped. On top of ranking second in the Eastern Conference standings, Philadelphia is now on a four-game winning streak. They are 4-1 at home and 2-1 away this season.

Projected starting lineup:

76ers: PG Tyrese Maxey | SG Seth Curry | SF Furkan Korkmaz | PF Matisse Thybulle | C Joel Embiid

Pistons: PG Cade Cunningham | SG Killian Hayes | SF Jerami Grant | PF Saddiq Bey | C Isaiah Stewart

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Detroit Pistons prediction

Furthermore, the total for Thursday night’s intraconference contest is set at 207.5. Regarding the spread consensus, about 55% of bettors are expecting the Bucks to cover the spread. Likewise, pertaining to the point total consensus, 63% of gamblers are predicting the total will go over 207.5. Till now, the Sixers are 5-0 as selected favorites and 1-2 as underdogs this season, while the Pistons are 1-0 as favorites and 0-6 as underdogs.

For helpful betting trends, the 76ers are 4-2 ATS in the team’s past six games. And, the total has gone over under in 10 of their last 12 contests. Also, the Sixers are 11-4 ATS in their previous 15 games played versus Detroit. To add to these betting statistics, Philadelphia is 4-1 straight up in their last five games played against Central Division opponents.

On the other side, the Pistons are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games. They are also 1-11 SU in their past 12 contests. Plus, the total has gone under in 13 of Detroit’s previous 20 games. The total has gone over in seven of the team’s last seven performances versus Philadelphia as well. Finally, the total has gone over in seven of the past seven games played against the 76ers at Little Caesars Arena. Though, this time around, taking the under seems more logical.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Detroit Pistons betting pick

Pick the 76ers to win, they will cover the spread and the total will go over 207.5. Philadelphia is a 5.5-point favorite with BetUS.

James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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