Ranking Pistons Among Best And Worst NBA Teams in October

Ranking Pistons Among Best And Worst NBA Teams in October
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The Detroit Pistons have a long way to go, that much is obvious, and it’s reflected in their odds at Michigan sports betting sites. With just 17 wins to their credit in 2022-23, the regular season figures to be a long one after it begins in just a few weeks.

The NBA season starts Oct. 24. The Pistons, 17-65 and last in the Eastern Conference 2022-23, start their campaign Oct. 25 in Miami to play the Heat. To be sure, an NBA season is not decided in October but for a young, rebuilding squad like Detroit, a decent start is necessary to build some confidence after a season like the last one. So we calculated how all NBA teams have done in October since the 2017-18 season to see how the Pistons stacked up.

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NBA Team Records in October Since 2017-18

RankTeamRecordWin Pct.
1 Milwaukee Bucks 22-9.710
T-2 Toronto Raptors 23-10.697
T-2 Utah Jazz 23-10.697
4 Golden State Warriors 22-12.647
5 Portland Trail Blazers 20-11.645
T-6 Boston Celtics 19-11.633
T-6 San Antonio Spurs 19-11.633
8 Denver Nuggets 20-12.625
9 Minnesota Timberwolves 18-13.581
10 Philadelphia 76ers 19-14.576
11 Memphis Grizzlies 17-13.567
12 Charlotte Hornets 18-16.529
T-13 Los Angeles Clippers 16-15.516
T-13 Miami Heat 16-15.516
15 Phoenix Suns 14-16.467
T-16 Cleveland Cavaliers 14-17.452
T-16 New York Knicks 14-17.452
18 Los Angeles Lakers 14-18.438
19 Washington Wizards 13-17.433
T-20 Detroit Pistons 14-20.412
T-20 Indiana Pacers 14-20.412
T-22 Dallas Mavericks 13-19.406
T-22 New Orleans Pelicans 13-19.406
24 Chicago Bulls 12-19.387
25 Brooklyn Nets 13-21.382
26 Atlanta Hawks 12-20.375
27 Oklahoma City Thunder 11-19.367
T-28 Houston Rockets 11-21.344
T-28 Orlando Magic 11-21.344
T-28 Sacramento Kings 11-21.344

BetMichigan.com, where you can find the best Michigan sportsbook promos, consulted ChampsorChumps.us to find the October records of every NBA team since 2017-18. It’s important to note that all teams didn’t participate in the same number of games, so rankings on what teams fared the best, or the worst, are based on winning percentage. No games were played in October during the 2020-21 NBA season, which was delayed because the previous season was pushed back with the surge of COVID-19. So this list encompasses five seasons’ worth of October games.

In the Pistons’ case, their October record from 2017-18 onward is 14-20, for a .412 winning percentage. It wasn’t the worst October record for the years measured. That distinction belongs to three teams who have all had October records of 11-21 (.344) in the time span measured – the Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic.

At the other end of the spectrum, the Milwaukee Bucks, who are +400 favorites at Caesars Michigan Sportsbook to win this season’s NBA title, had the best October record during the seasons examined at 22-9, a .710 winning percentage. They were followed by the Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz, each with 23-10 marks (.697) in that time.

2023-24 Detroit Pistons Preview

For a team such as the Pistons, building confidence and cobbling together a win-loss record that at least keeps them in the conversation for qualifying for the playoffs, is critical. After starting the 2023-24 season with Miami on the road March 25, the Pistons’ October calendar has them in Charlotte (Oct. 27), then against Chicago at home (Oct. 28), and back on the road at Oklahoma City (Oct. 30). For that opener against the Heat, the Pistons are a 10.5-point underdog at BetMGM Sportsbook Michigan.

Miami, the first of four October opponents, was a surprise team in 2022-23.  The Heat finished the regular-season as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference but fought its way to the NBA finals where they were beaten by Denver 4-games-to-1.

This season, the remainder of Detroit’s October opponents are Charlotte, Chicago and Oklahoma City. None of those teams qualified for the playoffs last season, other than for the play-in round. Charlotte was 27-55; Chicago was 40-22 but was knocked out in the play-in round, and Oklahoma was also 40-42 and also was eliminated in the play-in round.

During October last year, the Pistons gave every evidence of what kind of season it was going to be. After a win in their first game a year ago, the Pistons suffered five losses finishing October with a 2-6 slate. It didn’t get much better.

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Bill Ordine, senior journalist and columnist for BetMichigan.com, was a reporter and editor in news and sports for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun for 25 years, and was a lead reporter on a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. Bill started reporting on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for 10 years. He covered the World Series of Poker for a decade and his articles on gaming have appeared in many major U.S. newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and others.

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