The Philadelphia 76ers will take on the Detroit Pistons at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center. Detroit is likely to play without its two best players, Jerami Grant (elbow) and Cade Cunningham (ankle). Meanwhile, the Sixers continue on without the services of Ben Simmons, and could be without top big man Joel Embiid (knee), who is questionable but did go through the team's shootaround on Thursday.
Philadelphia is favored by 10.5 points in the latest 76ers vs. Pistons odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 212.5. Before entering any Pistons vs. Sixers picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Sixers vs. Pistons. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines for Pistons vs. 76ers:
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On Monday, the Pistons lost to the Atlanta Hawks on the road by a decisive 122-104 margin. The top scorers for Detroit were small forward Saddiq Bey (21 points) and power forward Kelly Olynyk (21 points). The Pistons already had one of the league's weaker rosters coming into the season, but the injuries to Grant and Cunningham haven't helped.
Grant actually has what's being described as an infection in his elbow, and is questionable for the game. Head coach Dwane Casey had some optimism that Cunningham could rejoin the team after its season-opening road trip, but it doesn't seem as though he's progressed enough during his G-League rehab stint to get the call back to the NBA roster. In the meantime, Bey has been the most productive scorer for Detroit, and he averages 18 points per game in the early going, but his 3-point shooting has been a poor 23 percent on the 17 attempts he's had through three games.What you need to know about the 76ers
Philadelphia's most recent game against the New York Knicks on Tuesday wasn't particularly close as the Sixers fell, 112-99. Tobias Harris had 23 points and nine assists along with nine rebounds, but Embiid was held to just 14 points and six rebounds in 30 minutes on the floor.
Detroit took one win and covered twice as an underdogs against Philadelphia last season, and with Embiid still getting up to speed and Simmons not playing, Philly shouldn't take Detroit lightly. One thing that the 76ers have going for them against Detroit coming into the game is they have the fourth-highest shooting percentage (47.4) in the league through four games, while Detroit has the second-lowest (40.9).How to make 76ers vs. Pistons picks
The model is leaning under on the total, and it's also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in well over 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.
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Last season, Bradley Beal became a star. He averaged 31.3 points per game for the Washington Wizards.
Of all the players in the NBA, he's one of the last you'd expect to miss a layup to blow a bet. You really don't expect him to brick two layups.
On Wednesday night, the Wizards faced the Boston Celtics. The first-half over/under total was 114.5 at many sportsbooks, according to NESN. The teams had combined for 114 points with a few seconds to go before halftime. Then over bettors got a gift.
Beal got the ball under the basket after a scramble. He was open for the first one. He was really, really open for a second one after missing the first. If he hit either, the total would have been 116 and over 114.5 bettors would have had a win.
He missed both.
That's harrowing for anyone with a first-half over ticket. On the first layup Beal might have felt a little pressure from behind with Celtics guard Jaylen Brown trailing the play. But the second one was a shot that most of us could make in an open gym.
It happens. Even the best players miss bunnies once in a while. It's just that these two misses were at the buzzer of the second quarter and cost bettors.
The Wizards and Beal laughed about it after. They ended up winning the game over Boston. Bettors who had the first-half over weren't in such a jovial mood.© Provided by Yahoo! Sports Bradley Beal made blooper reels with two blown layups. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)
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