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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Detroit Pistons 4/1/22 NBA Picks, Predictions, Odds

Detroit Pistons (20-56) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (22-54)
April 1, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder +3.5; Over/Under: +220
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The Detroit Pistons and the Oklahoma City Thunder collide at the Paycom Center on Friday night.

The Detroit Pistons have been in a slump as they’ve lost nine of their last 12 games, but they will be hoping to stay hot in this one after stopping a three-game skid with a 102-94 upset win over the 76ers. Cade Cunningham led the team with 27 points and six assists on 12 of 20 shooting, Saddiq Bey added 20 points while Kelly Olynyk chipped in with 12 points on five of five shooting off the bench. As a team, the Pistons shot 50 percent from the field and 10 of 35 from the 3-point line as they got off to a slow start and trailed for most of the game, before going on a pivotal 23-4 run in the fourth quarter to snatch the game from the 76ers in the end.

Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been in a major slump as they’ve lost 12 of their last 14 games and they will be hoping to bounce back after getting routed by the Hawks in a 136-118 loss on Wednesday. Lindy Waters drained seven 3-pointers to lead the team with 25 points off the bench, Theo Maledon added 18 points with eight assists while Isaiah Roby chipped in with 14 points and nine rebounds. As a team, the Thunder shot 47 percent from the field and 18 of 39 from the 3-point line but they were always fighting an uphill battle in this one as they got off to a terrible start and allowed 42 points in the first quarter to fall behind by 27 points going into halftime.

Looking at the betting trends, the Pistons are 9-0 ATS in their last nine road games, 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games playing on zero days’ rest. The Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team below .400, 2-6-2 ATS in their last 10 home games and 7-1 ATS in their last eight games overall.

Head to head, the under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Oklahoma City and the Pistons are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall.

The Pistons are again without Marvin Bagley, Chris Smith and Jerami Grant, while the Thunder are missing a total of nine players including Derrick Favors, Darius Bazley and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. You couldn’t bet on either team with much confidence, but the Pistons looked great in their shock win over the 76ers and I think they can keep it going with another narrow win against a depleted Thunder team.

Peter Tran's Free Pick:
Detroit -3.5
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