Michigan Sportsbooks Predict Improvement For Detroit Pistons In 2021-22 NBA Win Totals

Written By Derek Helling on September 29, 2021 - Last Updated on September 30, 2021

According to Michigan sportsbooks, drafting Cade Cunningham and Detroit’s other offseason moves were worth about three to five wins. That’s what the first Detroit Pistons win total futures at various MI sports betting apps suggest.

Those lines started dropping on the apps recently with the 2021-22 NBA season creeping closer. There are a lot more types of futures bets on the Pistons in the coming season besides that, though.

Pistons win total futures around MI sportsbooks

Last season, the Pistons registered 20 wins. That ultimately led to a prime spot in the NBA Draft Lottery and the Pistons winning the No. 1 selection in the most recent draft, which put Cunningham on their roster. The additions of Kelly Olynyk, Isaiah Livers and Trey Lyles were also part of Detroit’s offseason.

Now, Michigan sportsbooks envision a slight improvement. Win total lines sit at 25.5 on most apps. FanDuel Sportsbook was at a current deviation from that opening number, initially putting the line on Pistons wins at 23.5 instead. The best current real-time futures option sits at .

BetRivers Sportsbook, Caesars Sportsbook, and DraftKings Sportsbook all have similar odds of -110 on the over there. At PointsBet Sportsbook, bettors could get +100 odds on the under as of Wednesday evening.

How Cunningham meshes with Detroit’s existing talent such as Saddiq Bey and Isaiah Stewart will determine whether bettors get paid out on the under or over here. There are a lot of other ways to bet on that, however.

Other Pistons futures available now

The variety of NBA futures is nearly as solid as the ways that Cunningham can score. For starters, BetMGM Sportsbook gives you the option to stake the Pistons making the playoffs after the play-in tournament has concluded. Odds on the “Yes” there are +2000.

PointsBet has a bit of a different spin on that, allowing Michiganders to bet on Detroit being part of the play-in tournament, specifically. As you would expect, Cunningham is the current favorite to win the rookie of the year, sitting +230 there at BetRivers.

Of course, all the other traditional futures are available as well, such as which teams will win conference titles and the NBA Finals as well. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, DraftKings will let you predict the exact order of the top two teams in the Central Division.

All those possible combinations involving the Pistons would pay out at +100000. As Detroit currently has the lowest win total line at MI sportsbooks among teams in the division, those odds are fappropriate. Will the Pistons really be the worst team in the Central again in 2021-22, though?

Could Detroit leapfrog another Central division team this season?

If the Pistons are to finish out of the Central cellar, the Cleveland Cavaliers might be the team to bury. Most MI sportsbooks only have them winning two or three more games than Detroit. Real-time odds have the Cavs’ win totals at .

Additionally, there’s something for the Pistons to build on from 2020-21.

Last season, Detroit had the 11th-best defense in terms of average points allowed. Adding Cunningham to that mix and hopefully having Killian Hayes healthy all season should only make that facet of their game better.

Whether they can finish ahead of the Cavs might then depend on their ability to take a step forward offensively. Appropriately enough, that’s exactly what bettors considering these lines will have to gauge.

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Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Chicago, IL. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law. Recently, he has written about the expanded gambling industry in Michigan, including online sports betting, online casinos, and the cornerstone land-based casino market.

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