Pistons vs. Lakers - 12/2/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Lakers (4-13) at Detroit Pistons (3-14)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
The Line: Detroit Pistons -1.5 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
TV: TWC SN, FSDT
The Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit Pistons play Tuesday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Los Angeles Lakers have lost four of their last seven games but are showing more heart on both sides of the ball. On the season, the Lakers are averaging 104.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting and are allowing 112 points on 48.5 percent shooting. Kobe Bryant leads the Lakers with 26.6 points and 4.6 assists while Jordan Hill is averaging 13.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. Nick Young is shooting 39.5 percent from the field and Carlos Boozer has 14 rebounds in his last two games. The Los Angeles Lakers have been playing better basketball since Young returned to the lineup, and they’ve topped 100 points in five of their last eight games. However, the Lakers must improve defensively if more wins are going to take place, as the Lakers are allowing teams to shoot 39 percent from deep.
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The Detroit Pistons have lost eight straight games and have won just two games at home. On the season, the Pistons are averaging 91.9 points on 41.2 percent shooting and are allowing 98.4 points on 48.4 percent shooting. Brandon Jennings leads Detroit with 16.4 points and 5.8 assists while Greg Monroe is averaging 13.8 points and 9.5 rebounds. Andre Drummond is averaging 11.8 rebounds and Josh Smith is shooting 37.7 percent from the field. The Detroit Pistons offense has struggled all year, as they’ve topped 100 points just once all season. What’s crazy is that the Pistons offensive numbers are getting worse, as they’re shooting just 40.9 percent from the field in their last five games. The Pistons remain one of the biggest disappointments this season.
The Lakers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Pistons are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Pacific and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lakers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Detroit and 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
The Lakers have shown a lot more signs of life than the Pistons and will outscore a Detroit team that struggles to put up 90 points let alone 100. The Lakers will win this game outright.