Clippers vs. Pistons - 12/15/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Pistons (5-19) at Los Angeles Clippers (16-7)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 15, 2014 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -13 -- Over/Under: 203.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSDT, FSW2
The Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Clippers square off Monday night at the STAPLES Center.
The Detroit Pistons have lost 13 of their last 15 games and hope to win three straight road games. On the season, the Pistons are averaging 93.4 points on 40.9 percent shooting and are allowing 99.2 points on 45 percent shooting. Greg Monroe leads the Detroit with 15 points and 9.2 rebounds while Josh Smith is averaging 13.7 points and 7.5 rebounds. Brandon Jennings is dishing out 6.2 assists per game and Andre Drummond is averaging 11.8 rebounds. The Detroit Pistons have been one of the worst offensive teams in the league all season but have scored a combined 200 points in their last two games, which have produced victories. Still, the Pistons are shooting just 27.2 percent from beyond the arc in their last five games. It’ll be interesting to see if Detroit can keep the momentum going.
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The Los Angeles Clippers have won nine of their last 11 games and return from a three-game road trip. On the season, the Clippers are averaging 106.4 points on 47.9 percent shooting and are allowing 100.1 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Blake Griffin leads LA with 22.7 points and 7.3 rebounds while Chris Paul is averaging 17.7 points and 9.8 assists. Jamal Crawford is shooting 43.4 percent from the field and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 12.5 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers are back to their elite offensive ways, as they’re averaging 109.2 points on 39 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. The problem is that the Clippers aren’t playing much defense, allowing 100-plus points in five of their last seven games. Spencer Hawes is doubtful with a leg injury.
The Pistons are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Pacific. The Clippers are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss. The road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
The Detroit Pistons have been great at covering the number against Western teams and have won two straight on the road. While the Clippers should win at home, the value here has to be on the team getting 13 free points. It's not like the Clippers play good enough defense to blow teams out.