The Detroit Pistons are for real, that you can take to the bank. No, I am not saying they will win the NBA title this season, but head coach Stan Van Gundy has put together a nucleus of players that has fans in Motown very optimistic about the future.

Crashing the Garden Party

On Monday, the Pistons did something not many teams have been able to do so far in 2017 -- beat the Boston Celtics. Boston, along with Detroit, have clearly been the best two teams in the East over the first month of the 2017 NBA season. When they met yesterday evening it brought back memories of the 1980’s when these two were the best in the conference.

In the end, Detroit earned the 118-108 win, moving them within 3.5 games of the first place Celtics for the No. 1 overall spot in the Eastern Conference. The loss dropped Boston to 18-4 on the season.

Drummond has arrived

Pistons fans are excited about this great start to the 2017 season, but they are more enthusiastic over the fact that Andre Drummond looks to be transforming into the star they hoped he would be. Drummond has been great so far in 2017, however, last night he looked like a man on a mission as he dominated the Boston defense from the very first whistle. How good was Andre yesterday? Historically good. indicates that Drummond was the first player to post a 25/20/5 game in Boston since Wilt Chamberlain in 1967.

Drummond dropped in 26 points, grabbed 22 rebounds, and dished out six assists against the Celtics on Monday.

Detroit is a tough sports city, but it is only because they want to see their teams do well. When Drummond was handed a huge contract worth over $120 million before the 2016 season, many fans were scratching their heads in disbelief.

Hopefully, the start Drummond has gotten off to is a sign of how he will continue to play for years to come.

He certainly has the ability to be the best center in the Eastern Conference, that is for sure!

NBA odds

The quick start in Motown doesn’t just have the fans' attention, but Las Vegas sportsbooks are noticing as well. Oddshark indicates that the Pistons were listed at +12500 in late August. They are now at +6600 and that number will likely shrink by mid-December if Detroit continues to play well.

Here are the current odds for each team to win the 2017-18 NBA title.

  • Golden State Warriors 5-12
  • Cleveland Cavaliers 4-1
  • Boston Celtics 10
  • San Antonio Spurs 16
  • Houston Rockets 16
  • Oklahoma City Thunder 16
  • Washington Wizards 55
  • Minnesota Timberwolves 50
  • Milwaukee Bucks 65
  • Philadelphia 76ers 66
  • Toronto Raptors 50
  • Miami Heat 80
  • Charlotte Hornets 100
  • Portland Trail Blazers 66
  • Denver Nuggets 150
  • LA Clippers 150
  • Memphis Grizzlies 200
  • New Orleans Pelicans 200
  • Utah Jazz 200
  • Los Angeles Lakers 300
  • Detroit Pistons 66
  • Indiana Pacers 250
  • Dallas Mavericks 500
  • Phoenix Suns 500
  • Sacramento Kings 500
  • Chicago Bulls 1000
  • Atlanta Hawks 1000
  • New York Knicks 1000
  • Brooklyn Nets 1000
  • Orlando Magic 1000