In this high caliber duel between two teams sitting on the top-5 places of their respective conference, the Detroit Pistons (13-7), who are red-hot having lost only once in their last eight games, are hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder (14-7), who have lost only twice in their last nine.
Date/Time: 12-03-2018, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Detroit Pistons +1
Detroit Pistons have a 13-7 record (12-8 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 4th place of the East. They have won seven of their last eight matches and in their last game they won at home against the Warriors with a 111-102 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Blake Griffin with 24.8 ppg, adding 9.4 boards and a team high 5.1 dimes per game. He is followed by Andre Drummond with 18.6 ppg and a team high 16.4 boards per game.
Oklahoma City Thunder have a 14-7 record (13-8 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third place of the West. They have won four of their last five matches and in their last game they won at home against the Hawks with a 124-109 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by They are led in scoring by Paul George with 23.5 ppg, adding 7.7 boards and 4.3 dimes per game. He is followed by Russell Westbrook with 23.2 ppg, 10.1 boards and a team high 9.8 dimes per game.
In their two meetings last season each team won on the road (Thunder by 13 points and Pistons by one). Pistons have a 9-3 home record this season, while the Thunder are 5-4 on the road. Pistons are better offensively, scoring 111.6 ppg to Thunder’s 111, while Thunder are better defensively, allowing 104.6 ppg to Pistons’ 109.2 ppg. Thunder have a better field goal percentage (44.9% to 43.8%), while Pistons have a better 3-point percentage (32.9% to 31.5%). Thunder are better both in dimes made (22.4 to 21.6) and in boards grabbed (48.4 to 47.6) and both teams commit almost the same number of turnovers per game (13.8 to 14). Pistons have been playing extremely well lately and while Vegas odds give the Thunder a -1 spread, don’t expect them to beat the odds and pick Pistons in this one.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Detroit Pistons Prediction: Detroit Pistons +1 (-109)
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