The Detroit Pistons hit the road and take on the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center on Thursday night.
The Pistons are coming off back to back losses and they have lost seven out of their last eight games played. Detroit has lost its last two games by an aggregate losing margin of 50 points and they continue to battle injuries to key players. The Clippers are the favorites to win the title this season but they haven’t played as consistent as everyone thought they would be. Los Angeles has split its last eight games and they are coming off a blowout win over the Sacramento Kings.
Seven Losses in the Last Eight Games
The Detroit Pistons head to Hollywood following back to back blowout losses to the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks. Detroit is 12-22 SU this season and in fourth place in the Central Division. The Pistons face yet another winning team on Thursday when they take on the Clippers.
Andre Drummond is the key player for Detroit this season. Drummond leads the Pistons with 17.9 points, 15.9 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.8 blocks per game. Derrick Rose is the team’s passing leader at 5.9 assists per contest. The 2011 NBA MVP is also averaging 16.8 points per game.
Detroit ranks 19th in scoring at 108.3 points per game scored. They are 28th off the glass with an average of 42.2 rebounds per contest and are 13th in passing at 24.6 assists per game. The Pistons are allowing their opponents to score 110.9 points per game, 14th most in the league this season.
Odds from BetOnline as of 01/02/20
Not as Consistent on the Road
The Los Angeles Clippers were the preseason favorites to win the NBA title this season but so far, they trail their rival Lakers in the Pacific Division team standings by three games. The Clippers have split their last eight games played and they have not been as consistent on the road as they are at home. They are just 10-8 SU away from Staples Center but are 14-3 in front of their hometown fans.
Kawhi Leonard leads the Clippers with 25.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while fellow All-Star Paul George is scoring 23.6 points and grabbing 6.8 rebounds per contest. Lou Williams is contributing 19.0 points and a team-high 6.2 assists per game off the bench. Montrezl Harrell is the other key player off the bench at 18.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.
The Clippers are the 5th highest-scoring team in the league this season at 115.0 points per game. They are ranked 4th in rebounding at 47.9 boards grabbed per contest and are 19th in passing at 23.2 dimes per contest. Los Angeles is allowing the 18th most points this season at 108.2 points per game.
Detroit is 1-7 SU in their last eight games played. The Pistons are 4-12 SU in their last 16 games played on the road, and 2-4 SU in their last six games played in January. Los Angeles is 14-6 SU in their last 20 games played. The Clippers are 14-3 SU in 17 home games played this season, and 16-4 SU in their last 20 games against the Eastern Conference. Head to head, the Clippers are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games played.
The Pistons head to Staples Center coming off their worst offensive performance of the season. Detroit managed just 81 points against the Jazz on Monday night and they played without Blake Griffin and Markieff Morris. Both guys are listed as day to day for this game while Reggie Jackson is still out.
The Clippers head home after mauling the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center on Tuesday night. Los Angeles has alternated losses and wins in their last eight games played but we know how good this team is when they are locked in. The Clippers will be without Patrick Beverley here and Lou Williams is listed as day to day.
The Clippers haven’t been as consistent as we thought they would be. But this team has been standout at Staples Center, going 14-3 as compared to just 10-8 SU on the road. Paul George heads home after a strong game against the Kings and with Kawhi playing alongside him, the Clippers should take care of business here.
Prediction: Los Angeles Clippers
Other Bets to Make
The Pistons are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games played. Detroit is 4-10-1 ATS in 15 road games played this season, and 3-6 ATS in their last nine games played against the Western Conference. The Clippers are 10-5 ATS in their last 15 games played. Los Angeles is 11-6 ATS in 17 home games played this season, and 4-8 ATS in their last 12 games played in January. Head to head, the Clippers are 5-4-1 ATS in their last 10 games played against the Pistons.
Odds from BetOnline as of 01/02/20
The Clippers have outscored the Pistons by an average of 6.6 points per game in their last 10 meetings and by 6.0 points per game in their last three head to head encounters. Detroit has been hit by the injury bug since the start of the season. Right now, Reggie Jackson is still out while Markieff Morris and Blake Griffin are listed as day to day. The Clippers are without Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams is listed as day to day. I like the Clippers to cover the spread here with more quality players on their roster.
Prediction: Clippers -13
The total has gone over in four out of the last five games played by the Pistons. The under is 8-2 in the Pistons’ last 10 games played on the road. The total has gone over in six out of the last nine games played by the Clippers. The under is 10-7 in Los Angeles’ 17 home games played this season. Head to head, the total has gone under in five out of the last six games played by these two teams. The under is also 5-1 in their last six meetings in Los Angeles.
Odds from BetOnlineas of 01/02/20
These teams have combined to score an average of 202.2 points per game in their last 10 meetings and 209.33 points per game in their most recent three encounters. Detroit is in the bottom half of the league in scoring and scoring defense. Meanwhile, the Clippers are a top-five scoring team and in the bottom half in scoring defense. However, Los Angeles has averaged just 107.67 points per game in their last three games. I like the teams to hit the under with Los Angeles undermanned.
Prediction: Under 222.5