Detroit Pistons vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 11/29/13
Los Angeles Lakers (8-8) at Detroit Pistons (6-9)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 7:30 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
The Line: Detroit Pistons -5 -- Over/Under: 202 See the Latest Odds
Two old rivals collide as the Detroit Pistons welcome the Los Angeles Lakers to town on Friday night.
Head to head, the Lakers are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings and home team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Pistons are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400, but just 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 vs. Western Conference. The Lakers on the other hand are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall, but just 5-11 ATS in their last 16 road games.
Add Detroit to the list of teams I just can't seem to get a feel for this season. I really liked them on Wednesday night, hosting a Chicago Bulls team that was missing Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler and coming off deflating losses in Los Angeles and Utah, and how did they respond? With their lowest scoring output of the season, scoring just 79 points and getting blownout after scoring 109 and 113 in back-to-back wins over Brooklyn and Milwaukee. The Pistons don't do anyone one thing well as they rank 17th or lower points, points allowed, assists and rebounds per game.
While Detroit struggle to find some consitent form, the Los Angeles Lakers come into tonight's game playing their best basketball of the season, having won four of five to imporve to 8-8 overall. The Lakers suffered from a very tough schedue early on, but that has evened itself out lately, which has seen Los Angeles improve to .500 as they continue to wait for Kobe Bryant to return from injury. LA has really improved on the defensive end as of late, holding five of their last six opponents under 100 points, which was a rarity at the start of the season.
Detroit is coming off their lowest scoring output of the season, but I have to think that was a once off more than anything else as they scored over 109 points in each of their previous two outings. While Los Angeles has improved defensively, they are far from being considering a good defensive team and they have still been scoring at a high rate, averaging 105.2 points over their last five games. Also keep in mind that these two teams met less than two weeks ago and the total finished on 213 points. I like the over once again...
Dan’s Pick: Over 202
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