Los Angeles Lakers vs. Detroit Pistons - 11/17/13
Detroit Pistons (3-5) at Los Angeles Lakers (4-7)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 9:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Lakers collide with the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night from STAPLES Center.
Head to head, the Pistons are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles while the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The Lakers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, but just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pistons on the other hand are 17-5-1 ATS in their last 23 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 road games, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
As you all know, we cover every game of NBA here at sportschatplace and a lot of those games are one's that you and I would never bet on and this is definitely one of those games. The main reason being is that I really don't know what to expect from either the Los Angeles Lakers or Detroit Pistons for reasons i'll explain now.
The Lakers situation is pretty easy. For one, they don't have Kobe Bryant in the lineup and the second reason is that this is basically a brand new team from the one that took the court last season. While Los Angeles has some nice wins in the early going over the Rockets and Clippers, they have for the most part been one of, if not, the most inconsistent teams in the league during the first month of action. Seven of their first 11 games of the season have been decided by double-digits (four losses and three wins,) meaning that they are either getting blown out or when they do win, they win big, making it very hard to predict what is going to happen on a night by night basis.
As far as the Detroit Pistons are concerned, they are also getting adjusted to the additions they added in the summer, mainly that of Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings. We also can't forget to mention that they have a new head coach in Mo Cheeks, who is still implementing his system. You can clearly see the talent is all there, but it remains to be seen if it will result in the playoff berth that Detroit has been craving for these past couple of years.
While the Lakers have been up and down in the early stages, they have played just about the hardest schedule out of anyone in the league and have been pretty solid when playing on their home floor. Detroit on the other hand snapped their four-game losing streak in Sacramento on Friday night and you almost want to pick them here on talent alone because they virtually have four of five of the best six players on the court. I'll take LA here just because there are at home. My advice, spend your hard earned money elsewhere..
Dan’s Pick: Los Angeles +2.5
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