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Oct 23, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) takes a three-point shot in the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Sports Betting Tips With Chris Sheridan Episode 23: John Mason

Episode 23 of the Sports Betting Tips podcast, featuring veteran NBA journalist Chris Sheridan, is now available. In this week’s episode, Chris speaks with John Mason, the famed Detroit Pistons P.A. announcer. Mason is known as the voice behind “Deeeeee-troit basketball,” and he also hosts a Detroit radio show.

Listen to the full conversation here:

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Hot Start for Detroit

The Pistons are 3-0 after a thrilling 133-132 overtime win against Philadelphia Tuesday. According to Mason, new head coach Dwane Casey has made a big difference for the Pistons.

“Credit Dwane Casey,” Mason said. “This is what he came in saying he was going to figure out for Detroit, and he did.”

Casey earned Coach of the Year honors after leading Toronto in 2017-18, but the Raptors fired him after yet another postseason loss to LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

“He’s teaching them to play winning basketball,” Mason said.

Blake Griffin Scorching

Individually, the former Clippers star has gotten off to strong start. He’s averaging 36.3 points per game, leading the league, as well as 11.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists.

“To me, Blake Griffin may have been showtime in California, but he is Detroit time now,” Mason said.

Mason added that Griffin has emerged as the team’s leader. The announcer compares Griffin’s pervasive leadership to that of Chauncey Billups.

Andre Drummond has also gotten off to a good start, averaging 16.0 points, 16.3 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game. He’s also hitting 63 percent of his free throws.

Mason attributes Drummond’s improvement to Griffin.

“A lot of it is the influence of Blake Griffin,” Mason said.

Griffin’s odds to win MVP are currently 50-1 at BetDSI.

Later in the podcast, our host and guest discussed Stanley Johnson, Reggie Jackson, Ish Smith, and Detroit’s chances of winning the East.

Listen to the full episode by hitting play above, and be sure to subscribe to Get More Sports’ podcast Sports Betting Tips with Chris Sheridan on your platform of choice.

About Aaron Mansfield

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Aaron Mansfield is a freelance sports writer. His work has appeared in Complex, USA Today and the New York Times. Mansfield is a PhD candidate at UMass Amherst.

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