Detroit Pistons have NBA’s third-worst win total projection for 2021-22 season

Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Pistons‘ over/under regular season win total has been set at 25.5 on Caesars Sportsbook.

That is the third-lowest win total for the 2021-22 season among the 30 NBA teams, besting Orlando (23.5) and Oklahoma City (22.5).

Both the Pistons’ over and under are set at minus-110, meaning a $110 bet would yield a $100 profit. They must play at least 79 games of the 82 scheduled, per the sportsbook.

DraftKings has the Pistons’ win total set at 24.5 (-120 on over; +100 under).

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The Pistons went 20-52 last season in 72 contests (22.8 wins over 82-game schedule), their worst winning percentage (.278) since 1993-94, but have a revitalized, young roster with promising talent. They made several additions and brought back key free agents this offseason entering Year 2 of the “restoration” under general manager Troy Weaver.

Key additions: Cade Cunningham, Kelly Olynyk, Trey Lyles.

Key subtractions: Mason Plumlee, Wayne Ellington.

Re-signed: Hamidou Diallo, Cory Joseph, Frank Jackson, Saben Lee.

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Thursday’s re-signing of Diallo puts the Pistons at 16 guaranteed contracts for 15 spots, which means a move must be made over the next two months before Opening Night.

The Pistons’ 2021-22 schedule, released Friday by the NBA, starts with a home-and-home against the Chicago Bulls, Oct. 20 in Detroit and Oct. 23 in Chicago.

The Pistons are 3.5-point underdogs for the opener at Little Caesars Arena on DraftKings. The Pistons’ moneyline is +145; the Bulls are -165.

The Pistons’ opening night lineup likely will feature Cade Cunningham and Killian Hayes in the backcourt, with Saddiq Bey and Jerami Grant at forward, and Isaiah Stewart at center.

The Bulls will also feature a new-look lineup with Lonzo Ball, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams and Nikola Vucevic.

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The Pistons’ championship odds are 500-1, tied for the lowest with Cleveland, Houston, Orlando and OKC.

The Brooklyn Nets, who have the highest win total at 54.5, are the championship favorite at plus-225 ($2.25 profit for every $1 bet), followed by the Los Angeles Lakers (plus-400 or 4-1), defending champion Milwaukee Bucks (plus-800) and Golden State Warriors (plus-1,000). The Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns are plus-1500.

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