Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Detroit Pistons - 4/16/14
Detroit Pistons (29-52) at Oklahoma City Thunder (58-23)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSDT, FSOK
The Detroit Pistons and Oklahoma City Thunder will finish up their regular seasons when they play on Wednesday. When these teams met back in November, the Thunder won 119-110.
The Pistons have lost five of their last seven games and will finally put an end to their underachieving season. On the season, the Pistons average 100.9 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allow 104.6 points on 47.1 percent shooting. The Pistons have lost 18 of their last 20 games when allowing their opponent to score 100 or more points. Andre Drummond is shooting 66.1 percent in his last five games and has posted eight straight double-doubles. The Detroit Pistons are 34-46-1 ATS overall and 19-20-1 ATS on the road.
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The Thunder are locked into the second seed in the West and will likely rest many of their key players for this matchup. On the season, the Thunder average 106.1 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allow 99.7 points on 43.5 percent shooting. The Thunder have been a little streaky lately, losing four of their last seven games, and their offense is shooting just 32.8 percent from three in their last five games. Kevin Durant is shooting 24.2 percent from downtown during that stretch. The Oklahoma City Thunder are 43-36-2 ATS overall and 23-15-2 ATS at home.
The Pistons are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Thunder are 8-1-2 ATS in their last 11 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Pistons are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Oklahoma City, while the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The line indicates that the Thunder will play their starters, but I just don't get it. This game shouldn't mean that much to OKC, and this many points are simply too much to give in the last game of the season.
Give me the Pistons and the points.