Detroit Pistons vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 12/7/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (6-13) at Detroit Pistons (3-16)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
The Line: Detroit Pistons +8.5 -- Over/Under: 194 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been with their full squad for two games now and they were able to make up for their loss against the Pelicans on Tuesday with an easy 103-91 win over the Sixers on Friday. Kevin Durant had a passive game of just 10 points on three of 11 shooting, but other players were able to make up for it with Serge Ibaka added 19 points and Russell Westbrook scoring 27. In a game that the Thunder should have won by more than 20 points, the starters didn't really make any inroads so it was up to the bench players like Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb to come in and take over. The win wasn't as easy as it should have been but the Thunder will take it and improve to 6-13 on the season and 2-8 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons were looking like favorites to snap a 10-game losing streak with the lowly Sixers visiting last night, but for the second straight game they fell in overtime to make it 11 straight losses in a row. Josh Smith led the way with 23 points while Kyle Singler added 21, but with the game tied at 100-100 with 13 seconds left in the fourth, Brandon Jennings failed to get an open shot and things just went from bad to worse in overtime as the Pistons went zero for 11 from the field to lose by 108-101 in the end. With the loss, Detroit falls to 3-17 overall and 2-9 at home.
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In ATS trends, the Thunder are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games against a team below .400 and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four road games, while the Pistons are 7-20 ATS in their last 27 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the Thunder are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall but 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in Detroit.
The Pistons had a golden opportunity to snap their losing streak last night, but yet again they failed in overtime and I don't see them getting much better. I know the Thunder are still working their way back into shape, but you have to think that they will have enough to get by this Pistons team playing on the second night of a back to back set.