Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Detroit Pistons - 11/14/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Pistons (2-6) at Oklahoma City Thunder (3-6)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -3.5 -- Over/Under: 190 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Pistons will be looking to take advantage of a shorthanded Oklahoma City Thunder team tonight on NBA Friday.
The Detroit Pistons are just 2-6 on the season and have lost all four of their road games so far. In fact, they have lost three straight overall and are coming off a 107-103 loss against the Wizards despite 32 points and 10 assists from Brandon Jennings and 20 points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Even Greg Monroe added 18 points, but the scoring contributions hit a brick wall after that as Josh Smith and Andre Drummond combined for a measly eight points which has been the case all season as the Pistons ranked in the bottom five in both assists and points per game.
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Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder are also ranked near the bottom of the league in assists and points per game, but that's because Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are injured probably until early December. Until those two superstars return, every win for the Thunder will be an absolute bonus and that's what they got on Wednesday night against the Celtics. Reggie Jackson and Anthony Morrow both poured in 28 points as the Thunder beat the Celtics by 109-94 to improve to 3-6 on the season and 1-5 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Pistons are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games against a team with a winning home record and 1-7 ATS in their last eight games overall, while the Thunder are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a win.
Head to head, the Pistons are 4-9 TS in the last 13 meetings overall and 2-5 ATS in the last seven in Oklahoma City.
As shorthanded as the Thunder are, I'm still leaning towards them because they're playing at home, but I'll have to see the line first before I can give out my free pick.