Vegas Over/Under: 38.5

Fromal’s Record Projection: 41 The Bet: Hammer the more This is not about the Detroit Pistons’ upside. All signs point to those playoff contenders having among the highest floors–relative to their over/under lineup, at least–and therefore becoming one of the league’s safest over bets.
Everything went wrong during the 2016-17 campaign, and also the Pistons still managed to squeeze 37 wins out of their troops.
They get to work with another year of improvement from Andre Drummond, Stanley Johnson and the other young players, add perfect matches in Luke Kennard and Avery Bradley, get deeper in the frontcourt with the inclusion of Anthony Tolliver and should get a much healthier version of Reggie Jackson leading the charge.
The beleaguered point guard can’t play worse than he did last year, and we’ve got little reason to believe that is his true level. Since Duncan Smith wrote for Piston Powered:”The question now remains whether Jackson is going to be the player of a year ago or 2 years back, or whether he’ll be somewhere in between. His priority this summer has been nothing but rehab, eschewing on-court work to focus solely on strengthening the knee.”
Even someplace between the fringe All-Star of 2015-16 and the disaster of 2016-17 would leave the Pistons in better position, and the deepening backcourt should enable them to break him more and keep the knee tendinitis from flaring up again. Plus, that is not the best news of all.
The Pistons still play at the Eastern Conference, and it’s poorer than ever.

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