Originally Posted by Kobe24Clutch
the pistons D wasn't the same.
Their D was as dominant as ever. They were ranked #1 in 05 and 06. And in 06 they had their best team ever with that #1 defense, with 64 wins. And that's why the Pistons were MASSIVE overwhelming favorites to win the title that year.
The Pistons were -230 favorites to win that series over miami in 06 in the ECF. That's almost 2 and a half to one odds. Huge odds favoring detroit.
by comparison the Heat opened as -170 to beat the Mavs in this finals. Detroit was a much heavier favorite to beat that miami team in the 06 playoffs
that just tells you the public perception of those 05 and 06 detroit teams. and it was sky high back then..