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NBA betting market report: Daily picks, advice for Wednesday 12/29

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Welcome to the daily NBA betting market report, your source for analysis on the betting lines for the day in professional hoops. For updates throughout the day follow me on Twitter, or check out The Edge daily at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT.

All game lines via VSiN NBA Odds page.

Market Report for Wednesday, December 29th

*Indicates team is on the second leg of a back-to-back

**Lines are opening numbers

*New York Knicks (-5.5, 206.5) at Detroit Pistons

New York has found some consistency lately with a 4-2 SU and ATS record, but most of that is due to a slate of opponents riddled by COVID. That run of luck continues tonight when it faces Detroit which has 12 players listed as ‘Out’ for this contest, eight of which are in COVID protocol. Among the key players for the Pistons who will miss this game are Cade Cunningham, Cory Joseph and Jerami Grant. Killian Hayes and Isaiah Stewart are considered day-to-day and could return at any moment, but Cunningham needs to be on the floor for me to get involved with the Pistons in any form. Detroit looked lifeless in their blowout loss to San Antonio on Sunday, allowing the Spurs to score 1.27 points per possession while putting up less than a point per possession on offense. The Knicks are a flawed team, something that showed last night when they managed just 1.043 points per possession against a short-handed Timberwolves team, but they should have enough to take advantage of the personnel issues of the Pistons. I understand the market moving toward New York, but it won’t be my money joining the party.

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