It is the second game of a five-game homestand for the 76ers and the second NBA betting game Iverson will be playing since returning to Philadelphia. Here is a look at some past history and some current trends for this matchup between the Pistons and 76ers.
Basketball betting has this game for Detroit against Philadelphia being the first of a back-to-back as they are at home versus Denver on Thursday. Detroit has had some success in basketball betting against Philadelphia as they have won six of the last ten. Detroit defeated Philadelphia last month in Philly in basketball betting by a score of 88-81. Last season the Pistons actually lost two of three against Philadelphia, losing 95-90 in Philly while splitting the two NBA betting games in Detroit. Overall, the teams have split the last four meetings in Philadelphia. Three of those four games went under the basketball betting total.
The Pistons don’t have a winning record straight up but they do have a winning record against the basketball betting odds. Detroit is 11-8-1 against the NBA betting line including 5-4-1 on the road. The Pistons win with defense as they are 5th in the league in fewest points allowed. The offense has been the problem in basketball betting for Detroit. The Pistons are 26th in the league in scoring. Ben Gordon has been a nice addition but it has not been enough for Detroit to score consistently.
Philadelphia has been simply horrible at home in basketball betting. The question to be answered is whether or not that changes with Iverson in the starting lineup. The 76ers have been pretty good on the road in basketball betting but at home they have been awful. Iverson should improve their offense but it is likely the defense will suffer. The key will be getting wins though and Iverson should at least be able to steal them a few games. It is also quite possible that Philadelphia will be more of a team to bet over the basketball betting total since Iverson can score but doesn’t play defense.
This basketball betting contest could be a show between Gordon and Iverson and that would make it interesting. It might also make for more of a high scoring game in NBA betting than would have previously been expected.