Born as the Fort Wayne Pistons, the franchise played its first decade in Indiana, reaching a pair of NBA Finals. Relocation to Detroit happened in 1958 and the sledding was tough for a long time.
Detroit didn’t make an appearance in the NBA Finals until 1987-88. The Pistons, nicknamed the Bad Boys for their rugged style of play, won back-to-back NBA titles in 1988-89 and 1989-90.
Detroit would rise again in the early 2000s. The Pistons won the NBA title in 2003-04 and lost in the 2004-05 NBA Finals.
Before you bet on Pistons
Right in the heart of Detroit, Pistons fans can access wagering on the team through BetMGM or FanDuel. Other prominent sportsbook options throughout the state of Michigan that will handle Pistons bets include DraftKings, PointsBet MI, Fox Bet, William Hill, Golden Nugget, Parx, BetRivers, and Bet America.
While the NBA is known as a flashy league where style often rules over substance, the Pistons frequently operate as the exception to this rule. When Detroit has dominated the NBA, the Pistons have done so via an unyielding defense and a level of physical play that is matched by few teams in NBA history.
It’s a fitting tribute to the blue-collar mentality of the Motor City.
There’s been two very lengthy lean periods in Pistons franchise history. From 1956-57 through the 1986-87 season, the Pistons never played in a single NBA Finals. They won just six playoff series during this span.
In recent years, the Pistons set an NBA record for postseason futility. The team lost 14 consecutive playoff games between 2008-19.
Best Players Of All-Time
Even though the Pistons didn’t enjoy much success as a team in the 1960s and 1970s, players like Dave Bing and Bob Lanier were among the NBA’s best.
During the Bad Boys era, the Pistons were carried by Joe Dumars and Isiah Thomas in the backcourt, with the irascible Bill Laimbeer and rebound machine Dennis Rodman dominating around the hoop.
Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton, Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace were the stars of Detroit’s 2003-04 title-winning club.
Where To See Pistons Schedules
The best place to track when the next Pistons game will be played is the team’s website. NBA.com is another excellent source for vital information on the team.
Best Bets On The Pistons
The Pistons might not be putting up victories like they did during their glory years but the club can still pump out the points. Detroit was among the NBA’s best over bets during the 2019-20 campaign. The Pistons’ 60 percent over rate (39-26-1) led all Eastern Conference clubs.
No NBA team went under fewer times than the 26 games that the Pistons did. As a home team, Detroit was an NBA-best 22-10 on the over/under. The Pistons went over 68.8 percent of the time when playing at Little Caesars Arena.
What To Consider When Predicting Pistons Games
The Pistons haven’t been very successful in recent years and that’s also been reflected in their betting lines. For instance, during the 2019-20 season, the Pistons were 26-39-1 against the spread. That 40 percent success rate was the worst record of any NBA Eastern Conference team.