Los Angeles Lakers vs Detroit Pistons betting tips and predictions for Sunday’s NBA game. The Lakers look to end a 3-game losing streak as they travel to Detroit to take on the 4-11 Pistons. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Los Angeles Lakers
Getting back LeBron James didn’t solve all the problems for the Lakers, at least not yet. LA led by as many as 14 points in the 2nd quarter against the Boston Celtics on Friday, but the collapsed defensively in the 2nd half and lost the game 130-108 in the end. LeBron had a solid night with 23 points and 6 rebounds, Anthony Davis led the team with 31 points and 3 blocks. LA’s issues are more on the defensive end this season, they are lacking a real defensive presence that will stop the opponents best player. Jayson Tatum torched them for 37 on Friday, so that is definitely one issue that needs sorting moving forward. Against the Pistons the Lakers have struggled a bit recently, they’ve covered the spread just once in their last 6 against them and are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 visits to Detroit.
Detroit has exchanged wins and losses in their last 5 games and is coming off a 105-102 home loss to the Golden State Warriors. You would think that a 3-point home loss to the best team in basketball would be an encouraging sign, that would be the case if the Warriors weren’t playing without half of their team, including Stephen Curry. In the end though, the Pistons will be happy with their performance, especially from Frank Jackson who came off the bench and scored 27 points in that game. It was only the 6th time in their last 20 games they were able to cover the spread. Their home form has also been an issue lately, they’ve won only twice in their last 12 at the Little Caesars Arena.
With James back in the mix the Lakers will go on a run very soon in my opinion. They’ve dropped 4 of their last 5, but looked a lot better in the loss to Boston on Friday. I think tonight’s game will be a test of character, they really should be beating teams like the Pistons by double digits. Give me the Lakers to cover here.
Detroit Pistons – Los Angeles Lakers Odds
Detroit Pistons – Los Angeles Lakers Predictions
LA Lakers -7.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
The general trend in games between the Lakers and Pistons has been going towards the under with 6 of the last 10 games cashing on that bet. However, the two teams are averaging 213.7 points per game in those 10 games which would put us over the total tonight. LA’s defense is non existent right now, they’ve allowed 130, 109, 121 and 106 points in their last 4 contests. Their last 4 of 5 games vs Eastern Conference teams have all gone over the total and that’s mainly because of the pace they play at. The Lakers led the NBA for a long time in possessions per game, right now they are in 5th place with 101.2 per game. Having a player like Russell Westbrook managing your point guard duties will almost always result in high scoring games, the Lakers are 3-2 on the O/U on the road this season. Although more Pistons games this season have gone under the total than over, in their last 6 games that trend has been reversed with 4 games going over the total. I think even as bad as they are on offense they will still have a productive night against one of the worst defensive teams in the league. So let’s back the over in this one.
Over 209 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365