Detroit Pistons vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 3/29/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (51-22) at Detroit Pistons (39-35)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
The Line: Detroit Pistons +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder invade The Palace on Tuesday to take on the Detroit Pistons.
The Thunder have been one of the hottest teams in the league in the last couple of weeks and it's thanks largely in part to the usual suspects. Kevin Durant is averaging 27.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game during the month of March while Russell Westbrook continues to be a nightly triple-double threat with averages of 20.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and 10.4 assists and there seems to be no slowing down the Thunder who looked impressive in Saturday's 111-92 win over the Spurs. Oklahoma City currently sits in third place in the Western Conference with an overall record of 51-22.
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Meanwhile, the Pistons will be looking to bounce back after having their five-game win streak snapped by the Hawks in a 112-95 loss on Saturday. Tobias Harris led the charge with 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, Andre Drummond added 19 points and 17 rebounds while Aaron Baynes chipped in with 15 points off the bench but it wasn't enough to get the win despite dominating the boards by 53-39. As a team, the Pistons shot just 38.6 percent from the field and seven of 29 from the 3-point line which meant they were always running uphill after falling behind by double digits early in the game. With the loss, Detroit falls to 39-35 which keeps them in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, just half a game behind Indiana who occupy the seventh spot.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 6-2 ATS in the last eight games overall, while the Pistons are 29-14-2 ATS in the last 45 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games against a team with a winning road record.
Head to head, the Thunder are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings and the under is 9-4-1 in the last 14 meetings in Detroit.
The Thunder should be more than good enough to roll into town and get the win on zero days rest, but they really don't have much to play for until the playoffs begin so I'm leaning towards the Pistons at home as they'll be eager to stay in the playoff picture and a win tonight will be a major step towards them locking up eighth spot.