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Detroit Pistons Betting and Team Guide

This team guide features a couple of sections that provide useful information on a couple of levels. First, we explore the different Detroit Pistons betting options for the current season, as well as the roster and the coaching staff of the franchise. On top of that, we take a deep look at the history of the Pistons and include key facts about the organization.

Detroit Pistons Betting in 2019-20

Most of you will be looking for the Detroit Pistons betting opportunities, so we decided to start there.

Latest Detroit Pistons Odds for 2019-20

Detroit Pistons to Win the 2020 NBA Championship +100000
Detroit Pistons to Win the 2020 NBA Eastern Conference +25000
Detroit Pistons to Win the 2020 NBA Central Division N/A

Detroit Pistons Predictions for 2019-20

  • Current Prediction: 24-28 wins, miss the playoffs
  • Current Pick: No recommended bet
  • Last Updated: February 28th

After a 41-41 season during his first year coaching the Pistons, Dwane Casey can’t be pleased with the backtracking Detroit has done in 2020. Blake Griffin is hurt, Andre Drummond was traded for next to nothing, and Derrick Rose isn’t getting any younger.

Are things going to get any better anytime soon?

Casey is penciled in to serve as the Pistons head honcho through the 2023 season, but Ed Stefanski and the front office must be getting restless with the lack of progress. I suspect Detroit struggles over the final six weeks of the year, and that could lead to some major changes in the scenery by the time next season arrives.

Previous Detroit Pistons Predictions

January 16th

  • Prediction: 31-34 wins, potentially challenge for the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference
  • Pick: No recommended bet

If Brooklyn sputters even just a little bit, the door swings wide open for Detroit to seize the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. Dwane Casey’s group is currently four games behind the Nets, but there’s a whole lot of basketball left to play. .

With that being said, there aren’t many avenues (if any) for us to profit on from any Pistons futures bets in 2020.

December 4th

  • Prediction: 39-42 wins, challenge for the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference
  • Pick: No recommended bet

Detroit isn’t going to sniff the Bucks in the Central Division, but that doesn’t mean they’re guaranteed to get shut out of postseason basketball. If the Brooklyn Nets aren’t careful, the Pistons can surge right past them in the Eastern Conference standings.

It will likely take around 41 wins to crack the playoffs in the East. Playing .500 basketball is well within the cards for a Dwane Casey-coached bunch.

October 8th

  • Prediction: 40-42 wins and a low playoff seed.
  • Pick: Detroit Pistons to Make the Playoffs +125

The NBA summer has been really wild, and many superstars have changed their teams. There was non-stop action in early July, but the Detroit Pistons were not a part of it. The franchise will rely on pretty much the same core, but they’ve added some depth to the bench.

The overall goal is to improve on last year’s performance when the team qualified for the playoffs but got swept by the Bucks in the first round. The key would be to get a better seed, and the Pistons have the potential to do that.

A lot of the weaker teams from last year are expected to improve, but one of the few organizations that won’t have to build chemistry is the Pistons. That should help the team for a strong start and an eventual place in the NBA Playoffs.

Detroit Pistons News and Updates

February 28th, by Michael Wynn

Here’s a team whose starting lineup was supposed to include Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Markieff Morris, and Luke Kennard.

Unfortunately, not one of those players is currently even suiting up for Coach Casey.

Perhaps the lone bright spot lately has been Christian Wood, as he has used the absence of Griffin and Drummond as an opportunity to prove his worth. The former UNLV Runnin’ Rebel has averaged more than 19 points and 9 rebounds per game in the month of February.

Previous News and Updates

January 16th, by Michael Wynn

Blake Griffin underwent surgery on his left knee on January 7th and is likely to be shelved for the remainder of the season. In better news, point guard Reggie Jackson should be in uniform by next week at the latest. This is a great sign for Jackson, who has only appeared in two games this year due to a hobbled back.

December 4th, by Michael Wynn

Now that Blake Griffin is getting into a rhythm, Luke Kennard and Markieff Morris can go back to playing complementary roles. Nevertheless, Detroit can kiss their playoff chances goodbye if they end up trading Andre Drummond before the February 6th deadline.

On a side note, Reggie Jackson’s back is still plaguing him from engaging in any contact. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

October 8th, by Jerry Summer

The first preseason game of the Detroit Pistons wasn’t pretty, as the team lost to the Orlando Magic. The shooting of the Pistons led them down, but you can hardly draw too many conclusions from one game at this point.

The good news is that Derrick Rose and Drummond were solid, and Blake Griffin got some minutes under his belt. The team should be stronger than last year, especially with the point guard leading the bench. Although, we might see Rose as a starter at some point, if he can stay fit.

July 10th, by Jerry Summer

There were no major transactions related to the Pistons this summer, but the team did sign a couple of interesting players. Derrick Rose joined, and if he can stay healthy, the former MVP is an excellent boost from the bench or even a decent starter in certain situations.

Tim Frazier, Markieff Morris, and Jordan Bone were also signed, and they will provide even more depth to the bench.

More Detroit Pistons and NBA Betting for 2019-20

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The Detroit Pistons in 2019-20

Detroit Pistons Roster in 2019-20

Betting on the Detroit Pistons would be pointless if you didn’t know the roster of the team well. Here is a full list of players for the upcoming 2019-20 NBA season.

  • Reggie Jackson – Guard
  • Derrick Rose – Guard
  • Tim Frazier – Guard
  • Jordan Bone – Guard
  • Jose Calderon – Guard
  • Scottie Lindsey – Guard
  • Jamel Morris – Guard
  • Deividas Sirvydis – Guard
  • Khadeen Carrington – Guard
  • Bruce Brown Jr. – Guard
  • Langston Galloway – Guard
  • Tony Snell – Guard
  • Luke Kennard – Guard
  • Khyri Thomas – Guard
  • Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk – Forward
  • Blake Griffin – Forward
  • Markieff Morris – Forward
  • Sekou Doumbouya – Forward
  • Christian Wood – Forward
  • Obi Enechioyia – Forward
  • Kyle Washington – Forward
  • Max Hooper – Forward
  • Andre Drummond – Center
  • Zaza Pachulia – Center
  • Thon Maker – Center

Projected Starting Lineup

Let’s start our analysis with the projected lineup of the Detroit Pistons for the new campaign. Since the team hasn’t made any big moves in the summer, it’s likely that we will see the following players starting most games.

  • Reggie Jackson – Point Guard
  • Langston Galloway – Shooting Guard
  • Bruce Brown – Shooting Guard
  • Blake Griffin – Power Forward
  • Andre Drummond – Center

Reggie Jackson will be the main playmaker for the Pistons, and he is a decent point that can do a little bit of everything well. He is a reliable scorer with decent percentage from behind the arc and is an above-average passer.

He will be the third option in terms of scoring, as the two men that will carry the main load are Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond. The big guys are the Pistons’ main offensive weapons and will be attacking mostly the post, while Langston Galloway and Reggie Jackson should space the floor and add some shooting.

Bruce Brown is most likely the fifth man in this lineup, and the Pistons will hope that he can develop. The youngster showed some glimpses of potential last season, and if he can improve further, he might see more minutes.

The overall feeling is that this Pistons team is a bit unbalanced in the offense, as it lacks enough reliable shooters, but Drummond and Griffin could make up for that in the post. The bigger issue is the defense, as they might struggle at times.

Depth and Bench

One of the big issues for the Pistons in the previous season was the unreliable bench. The franchise addressed this issue with the recruitment of a couple of guys, most notably Derrick Rose and Markieff Morris.

The former regular-season MVP was excellent for the Timberwolves last season and provides instant offense from the bench. Markieff is also a decent addition in terms of scoring, and he’s not a bad defender either. If you add the likes of Zaza Pachulia, Luke Kennard, and Tony Snell, it seems like the Pistons should have enough help from the supporting cast.

Detroit Pistons Staff in 2019-20

The roster is important for every team, but the coaching staff is responsible for getting the best out of the players. Here’s the Detroit Pistons personnel for the upcoming season.

  • Head Coach: Dwane Casey
  • Coaching Staff: Sidney Lowe (Asst. Coach), Sean Sweeney (Asst. Coach), Tim Grgurich (Asst. Coach), Micah Nori (Asst. Coach), Jim Scholler (Trainer)
  • Ownership: Tom Gores
  • General Manager: Ed Stefanski (interim)

With more than 800 games to his name, Dwane Casey certainly has the experience to lead the Pistons to success. He is mostly known for his long stint in Toronto, where he brought a lot of improvement to the franchise. The Canadian team reached the playoffs five times in a row in his last five years there but were haunted by LeBron James.

Many argue that Casey laid the foundation of the Raptors championship in 2019, and he had an instant impact after joining the Pistons. The team qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2017 and will be hoping for more of the same in the future.

Detroit Pistons Schedule in 2019-20

A lot of people underestimate team schedule when it comes to betting. That’s a huge mistake, as there are certain sequences of games that might affect their performances. Each team accumulates fatigue at certain points, and it’s important to take that into account.

Right now, there is no schedule for the 2019-20 regular season, but once we know the Pistons games, we will add them here and pinpoint the crucial moments of the campaign.

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Detroit Pistons Overview and Key Info

The Detroit Pistons became a part of the NBA in 1949, initially known as the Fort Wayne Pistons. They moved from Indiana to Michigan in 1957 to be in a bigger market.

While it took a few decades for the Pistons to get some momentum going, they ended up claiming their first two NBA championships back-to-back in 1989 and 1990 against the Lakers and Trail Blazers. Their last win was in 2004, defeating the Lakers for the second time, in a 4-1 series. Overall, the Pistons have claimed nine division titles and three championships.

In 2017, the Pistons received a new home venue with the Little Caesars Arena which opened in time for the 2017-18 season.

Detroit Pistons – Key Info
Established
1941
Current Team Location
In Detroit, Michigan, since 1957
Division
Eastern Conference – Central
Arena
Little Caesars Arena
G League Team
Grand Rapids Drive
Website
www.nba.com/pistons
Team Value (Forbes 2018)
$1.1 billion

Detroit Pistons History

The Detroit Pistons franchise officially started in 1941, but the team has been a member of three leagues.

NBL-BAA

From 1941-48, they started in the NBL (National Basketball League) in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, with “Zollner” in recognition of Fred Zollner, the first owner. Zollner manufactured car, truck, and train pistons, so the name wasn’t a stretch. The team won the NBL championships in both 1944 and 1945.

In the NBA record books, the official stats begin in 1948 when the Fort Wayne Zoller Pistons became the Fort Wayne Pistons and joined the BAA (Basketball Association of America). That one season in the BAA, the team took fifth in the Western Division with a 22-38 finish.

NBA

The next year, the Fort Wayne Pistons were part of the NBA following the merger and continued playing as the Fort Wayne Pistons through the 1956-57 season. They were in the playoffs every year from 1949 through 1957 and made the finals in 1955 and 1956, losing to the Nationals and then the Warriors.

In 1957, the franchise was moved to Detroit so the team would have access to a bigger market. Detroit previously had professional basketball with the NBL and BAA, but it had been nearly a decade. The Pistons’ name fit in with the home of the automotive industry, and the Detroit Pistons took their spot at Olympia Stadium that year.

Detroit

The ‘60s and ‘70s were a period of hits and misses, with primarily five- and six-season playoff dry spells with some first-round losses in between.

It wasn’t until the early ‘80s that Detroit really hit their stride. Fresh blood with players like Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Vinnie Johnson, Joe Dumars, Dennis Rodman, John Salley, Adrian Dantley, and Rick Mahorn proved to be a winning combination.

Back-to-Back Champs

Along with head coach Chuck Daly, the Pistons had the right stuff and began a nine-season playoff streak in 1983 that led to two back-to-back NBA championships in three finals appearances. The 1989 and 1990 titles were the first for the Pistons.

The team’s third and last championship to date was in 2004 under head coach Larry Brown when the Pistons beat the Lakers in a 4-1 series. They came back in 2005 but lost to the Spurs by 4-3 in the finals.

Bad Boys and Others

In addition to the “bad boys” of the ‘80s, Detroit has had several Hall of Famers on its roster. Andy Phillip was the first, inducted in 1961. Others include Dave Bing, Allen Iverson, Grant Hill, Dave DeBusschere, Walt Bellamy, and Bob McAdoo.

The franchise has retired ten player numbers starting with Dave Bing in 1983. The other honorees are Chauncey Billups, Ben Wallace, Joe Dumars, Dennis Rodman, Isiah Thomas, Vinnie Johnson, Bob Lanier, Richard Hamilton, and Bill Laimbeer.

Championships and Playoffs

  • 3 NBA Championships: 2004, 1990, 1989
  • 5 Eastern Conference Titles: 2005, 2004, 1990, 1989, 1988
  • 2 Western Conference Titles: 1956, 1955
  • 9 Division Titles: 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 1990, 1989, 1988

Pistons Home Court – Little Caesars Arena

  • Inaugurated: 2017
  • Renovated: n/a
  • Capacity: 20,491
  • Former Names: Detroit Events Center (working title during construction)

Since moving to Detroit, Michigan, in 1957, the Pistons have had six home arenas starting with Olympia Stadium from 1957-1961. The Memorial Building at the University of Detroit was a back-up to Olympia. Other venues included the Cobo Arena, Pontiac Silverdome, and The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Little Caesars Arena was completed in 2017 in Midtown Detroit. Both the Detroit Pistons and the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL are permanent tenants.

The arena is eight stories tall and features a gondola seating level that hangs above the stands. One of the unique features, though, is the concourse with the glass ceiling that connects the venue to its adjacent shops and offices in the sports and entertainment district.

  • Venue Address: Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
  • Mailing Address: Detroit Pistons, c/o Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
  • Phone: 313-471-7000

Detroit Pistons Head Coaches

To date, Detroit has hired 39 coaches in its post-NBL era beginning with Carl Bennett in 1948. Bennett only coached six games, all losses, before the mantle was handed over to player/coach Curly Armstrong.

Ray Scott (1972-76) and Rick Carlisle (2001-02) were the only two Pistons’ coaches to be named NBA Coach of the Year.

Chuck Daly, who piloted the team to two back-to-back NBA championships in 1989 and 1990, is one of the NBA’s top 10 coaches in history as well as a Hall of Famer.

The only other coach with a Pistons NBA championship title is Larry Brown, who held the position from 2003-2005. Brown is another Hall of Fame member. While Dick Vitale (1978-79) was also inducted, it was for his broadcasting work post-Detroit. Vitale coached for a year and posted a 34-60 record (.362).

Last 10 Detroit Pistons Head Coaches
# Years Name W-L % Playoffs % Championships
36 2018 – Dwane Casey 41-41 .500 0-4 0
35 2014-18 Stan Van Gundy 152-176 .463 0-4 0.00
34 2014 John Loyer 8-24 .250 X-X
33 2013-14 Maurice Cheeks 21-29 .420 X-X
32 2011-13 Lawrence Frank 54-94 .365 X-X
31 2009-11 John Kuester 57-107 .348 X-X
30 2008-09 Michael Curry 39-43 .476 0-4 .000
29 2005-08 Flip Saunders 176-70 .715 30-21 .588
28 2003-05 Larry Brown 108-56 .659 31-17 .646 2004
27 2001-03 Rick Carlisle 100-64 .610 12-15 .444

The 36th and current coach of the Pistons is Dwane Casey. Casey has coached since 1979 and started in the NBA with the Seattle SuperSonics from 1994-2005. His most recent head coaching spot was seven seasons with the Toronto Raptors from 2011-2018.

In 2018, Casey became the first Raptors coach selected for the NBA All-Star Game and was also named NBA Coach of the Year.

Combined with his one and a half seasons as head coach of the Timberwolves, Casey headed to Detroit with a career 373-307 record for a .549 winning percentage. He coached 51 playoff games in five consecutive seasons in Toronto and recorded a 21-30 record with two first rounds, two conference semifinals, and a conference finals.

Detroit Pistons Last Five Seasons

Season Coach Finish W-L % Playoffs Points Leader (avg/game)
2018-19 Dwane Casey 3rd 41-41 .500 Lost First Round Blake Griffin (24.5)
2017-18 Stan Van Gundy 4th 39-43 .476 Blake Griffin (21.4)
2016-17 Stan Van Gundy 5th 37-45 .451 Tobias Harris (16.1)
2015-16 Stan Van Gundy 3rd 44-38 .537 Lost First Round Reggie Jackson (18.8)
2014-15 Stan Van Gundy 5th 32-50 .390 Greg Monroe (15.9)

Detroit Pistons All-Time Career Leaders

Category Name Stats Years
Points Isiah Thomas 18,822 1981-1994
Average Pts/Game Bob Lanier 22.74 1970-1980
Assists Isiah Thomas 9,061 1981-1994
Rebounds Bill Laimbeer 9,430 1981-1994

Isiah Thomas

Not to be confused with the current member of the Denver Nuggets who was named after him, Isiah Lord Thomas III was a career Piston (1981-1994). The point guard was Detroit’s first-round pick, second overall, in the 1981 NBA draft. He had played for Bobby Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers and was a Consensus first-team All-American in 1981 and the NCAA Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player that same season.

In the NBA, Thomas was named NBA All-Rookie First Team in ’82. His first of 12 All-Star Games also started that first season. Isiah was the NBA assists leader in 1985 and is the Pistons’ current all-time leader in assists (9,061) as well as points, with 18,822. Thomas was part of the winning combination on the court that won Detroit their first two NBA championships in 1989 and ’90. Isiah was also named NBA Finals MVP in 1990.

He retired from the Pistons in 1994 but returned to the NBA as a coach with the Pacers in 2000. Isiah Thomas is a Hall of Fame member, and the Detroit Pistons retired his number 11 jersey. 

Bob Lanier

Bob Lanier, the Pistons center from 1970-1980, is the organization’s all-time leader for average points per game, with 22.74. Lanier is also second to Bill Laimbeer with 8,063 rebounds during his time in Detroit. Bob was the Pistons’ first overall pick in 1970. He had played at St. Bonaventure where he was Consensus second-team All-American in ’68 and first-team in 1970.

Lanier was NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1971 and was named to eight NBA All-Star games, awarded the MVP honors in 1974. For “outstanding service and dedication to the community,” Bob was given the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 1978.

After his ten seasons in Detroit, he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, who became divisional champs every year of his tenure until 1984. Lanier was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame as well as the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1992).

Both the Pistons and the Bucks retired his number 16. 

Bill Laimbeer

For Bill Laimbeer, the Detroit Pistons were the last stop during his professional playing career. After four years at Notre Dame, he was selected in the third round of the 1979 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers but played a year of pro ball in Italy before heading to Ohio in 1980. The Cavs traded Bill to the Pistons in 1982, and he eventually retired his playing career in Detroit after the 1993 season.

Laimbeer is the Pistons’ all-time career rebounds leader with 9,430 and was the NBA’s rebounds leader in 1986. The center was named to four NBA All-Star teams from 1983-87 and again in 1987. He had a reputation for being aggressive on the court and for committing hard fouls. Laimbeer was the starter on both the 1989 and ’90 championship teams.

When he retired after the 1993 season, his jersey was also retired by the Pistons. Currently, Bill is a coach with the WNBA. He has earned three championships and was twice-named WNBA Coach of the Year.

Pistons Trivia

Bill Laimbeer’s height helped him get a job playing a Sleestak on the children’s TV series Land of the Lost in high school.

While the Pistons name is ideal for a Detroit-based team, it originated from first owner Fred Zollner’s piston manufacturing company in Fort Wayne.

Lindsey Hunter played for the Detroit Pistons three different times. Hunter is also famous for his ten-game suspension in 2007 for taking phentermine, an appetite suppressant, claiming he accidentally took his wife’s weight loss pills.

A new alternative uniform was introduced for the Pistons in 2013 that featured the words “Motor City” and paid homage to Detroit and its automotive industry.

The roof of the Silverdome collapsed in 1985, relocating the Pistons to the Joe Louis Arena.