In this battle between two teams sitting in and out of the playoff places of their respective conference, the Detroit Pistons (34-33), looking to end their current small losing streak, are hosting the Los Angeles Lakers (31-37), who want to bounce back after their latest defeat.
Date/Time: 03-15-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Detroit Pistons -8
Detroit Pistons have a 34-33 record (33-31-2 against the spread) so far this season currently sit in the 7th place of the East. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Heat with a 74-108 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Blake Griffin with 24.9 ppg, adding 7.7 boards and a team high 5.4 dimes per game. He is followed by Andre Drummond with 17.3 ppg and a team high 15.2 boards per game.
Los Angeles Lakers have a 31-37 record (27-39-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 11th place of the West. They have lost six of their last seven matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Raptors with a 98-111 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by LeBron James with 27.4 ppg, adding 8 dimes and a team high 8.6 boards per game. He is followed by Kyle Kuzma with 18.7 ppg and 5.7 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Lakers won at home with a 113-100 score. Pistons have a 21-13 home record, while the Lakers are 13-21 on the road. Lakers are better offensively, scoring 112 ppg to Pistons’ 107.2 ppg, while Pistons are better defensively, allowing 107.8 ppg to Lakers’ 113.9. Lakers have a better field goal percentage (47.5% to 44.1%), while Pistons have a better 3-point percentage (34.7% to 33.2%). Lakers are better in dimes made (25.3 to 22.6), while Pistons are better turnovers committed (13.4 to 15.2) and in boards grabbed (46.2 to 45.2). Pistons are the favorite and Vegas odds give them a -8 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy home win.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Detroit Pistons Prediction: Detroit Pistons -8 (-109)
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