Our staff best bets for Pistons vs. Knicks, Pelicans vs. Bulls & More (Tuesday, October 4th)

NBA players get boosted with the ongoing preseason games, so it’s only right that our analysts shake off the summer rust and dive into betting on some games as well.

To be clear, betting on preseason games is completely different than betting on the regular season: squads are fluid, minutes are in flux and there is usually less motivation to actually win because the games don’t count. Still, our boys focus on teams with depth to ground multiple competitive five-man groups throughout the game.

Find out below how they approach Tuesday’s preseason encounter.

NBA Odds & Tips

Detroit Pistons versus New York Knicks

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Knicks -3.5
A book
fan duel
Tip
7 p.m. ET
TV
TNT

Joe Dellera: The Pistons are a trendy pick to beat their 29.5 overall. They have enough talent to compete between Cade Cunningham, Saddiq Bey, Marvin Bagley and newly drafted Jaden Ivey; However, I still anticipate some growing pains as Cunningham and Ivey learn to coexist in a crowded backcourt that also seems poised to give Killian Hayes meaningful minutes.

On the other hand, Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau is one of the best floor raisers in the NBA – he gets the best out of his players and those not in the starting XI know minutes are precious.

We just saw this Knicks roster take a deep push for the Summer League title and it speaks to the depth of young talent on this team. Many of these players were the ones the Knicks wouldn’t part with in a trade for Donovan Mitchell, showing how much the front office values ​​them.

Some are Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes and Miles McBride. That being said, I’d expect the Knicks to give their starters a little more run as they try to adjust to playing a rotation with Jalen Brunson leading the offense.

In general, I don’t like betting on preseason favorites; Given the depth of the Knicks and Thibs’ 19-14-1 ATS record as a preseason favorite, I’ll endorse New York at this point.


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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Chicago Bulls

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Pelicans ML (+116)
A book
fan duel
Tip
9:30 p.m. ET
TV
TNT

Matt Moore: The Pelicans have a surprising number of young people who can play. They should win the starting minutes whether Zion Williamson plays or not, and the Bulls have more veterans they want to play for limited minutes.

Down the roster, guys like Trey Murphy III, Herb Jones and Dyson Daniels should give the Pels a ride. Naji Marshall, Kira Lewis, Devonte Graham and Willy Hernangomez are all solid. Chicago is deliberately top-heavy.

I would make this game a pick ’em for Pelicans -1.5 based on roster depth.


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Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers

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Jazz ML (+160)
A book
DraftKings
Tip
10 p.m. ET
TV
NBA League Pass

Moore: Portland is in a preseason back-to-back, woof. The Blazers couldn’t hold a lead late against the Clippers’ fourth stringers. Utah has surprising depth and over the years has filled its list with people who can fill in; The institutional structure there is strong.

Euro newcomer Simone Fontecchio raised eyebrows at camp, Stanley Johnson started for the Lakers at Punkt (lol) last season, Talen Horton-Tucker and Nickeil Alexander-Walker are both guys who want to give Jazz minutes, the NBA experience to have.

Utah is just a deeper team with great comeback potential in the second half against a tired team.


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