Detroit Pistons vs Los Angeles Lakers betting tips and predictions for Sunday’s NBA game. The Detroit Pistons look to end a 5-game losing streak as they face the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Tonight’s game will be the 2nd in a row at Staples Center for the Pistons as they played the Clippers last night and lost 107-96. They did cover the spread in that game, however that won’t comfort the fans that much as this team is currently 14th in the Eastern Conference with just 4 wins in 21 games. On the road this season they’ve won twice in 9 games and against the Lakers they have just 1 win in their last 11 at Staples Center. They’ll have to do tonight without Kelly Olynyk who has been ruled out 6-8 weeks with a knee injury. One guy that will be ready for tonight’s game is Isaiah Stewart and all eyes will be on him and LeBron James following their scuffle a week ago when the Pistons played the Lakers.
Los Angeles Lakers
That is if LeBron James is able to go tonight, the Lakers star is questionable according to the medical staff with an abdominal injury. He has played 43 and 50 minutes over his last two games, both of which have gone to overtime. LA lost against the Kings on Friday after triple OT and questions are already being raised around the status of head coach Frank Vogel. That’s pretty much the only thing left the Lakers can change at this point, this team is very much out of sync, especially on defense where they have the 2nd worst point allowed per game average only behind the Memphis Grizzlies. This team has covered the spread just once in their last 5 games and is 2-4 ATS in their lats 6 vs the Eastern Conference.
I expect the intensity of this game to be at a high level from both sides following what happened the last time they played each other last week. The Lakers haven’t been convincing at all this season and with Detroit covering the spread 8 times in the last 10 meetings, I think it’s a good idea to back them here as well. Let’s go with the Pistons and the free points.
Los Angeles Lakers – Detroit Pistons Odds
Los Angeles Lakers – Detroit Pistons Predictions
Detroit +10.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
In their last 3 games the Lakers are giving up 121 points per game and are coming off a game in which they allowed 141 points against the Sacramento Kings. The Pistons aren’t the most gifted offensive team we have in the NBA, they are scoring just 93.7 points per game in their last 3 outings. However, against this leaky Lakers defense I think even they can have a solid scoring output. The last time they faced off with LA they put 116 points on them, so that gives me optimism they can do so again tonight as well. The Lakers scored 121 in that game and 4 of their last 5 have gone over the total, all because they just aren’t performing well on defense. They also play at the 2nd fastest pace in the league, so not many possessions will be wasted in this one. Pistons games vs Western Conference opponents have been high scoring this season, 4 of the last 5 have gone over the total. So let’s try our luck by backing the over here yet again.
Over 216.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365