Oklahoma City Thunder (2-1) vs Detroit Pistons (2-1)
2023-10-30 20:00:00 EDT
The Line: Betting Odds: Oklahoma City Thunder -5.5 -- Over/Under: 227
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The Detroit Pistons and the Oklahoma City Thunder duke it out at the Paycom Center on Monday night.
The Detroit Pistons weren’t expected to start well this season, but they are now aiming for a third straight win after blowing past the Bulls in a surprising 118-102 home win on Saturday. Cade Cunningham led the team with 25 points and 10 assists, Jalen Duren added 23 points, 15 rebounds and five assists, Alec Burks scored 18 points off the bench while Isaiah Stewart chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Pistons shot 52 percent from the field and 12 of 28 from the 3-point line as they dominated with their defense early on, holding the Bulls to just 18 points in the second quarter, before they poured in 34 points in the fourth quarter to make it a complete blowout in the end.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder were going for a third straight win before they ran into the Nuggets and got dismantled by 128-95 last night. Chet Holmgren led the team with 18 points on seven of 12 shooting, Jalen Williams added 13 points with five assists while Terance Mann chipped in with 12 points off the bench. As a team, the Thunder shot just 41 percent from the field and a miserly six of 32 from the 3-point line as they struggled to slow down the Nuggets from the start and were never in hte contest after allowing 69 points in the first half. The Thunder allowed the Nuggets to shoot over 60 percent from the field for the game and they just didn’t get enough scoring from Josh Giddey and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who combined for 16 points on six of 29 shooting.
The Pistons will be shorthanded again as Monte Morris and Bojan Bogdanovic are both still out, but James Wiseman should make his return for this one, while the Thunder are still missing Kenrich Williams and Jaylin Williams. The Pistons were able to really spring an upset over the Bulls on Saturday for their second win of the season, but I’m not going to overreact to a team that was so bad for so long. The Thunder were playing some great basketball before they laid an egg against the defending champs last night, but the good thing about the NBA is that they don’t have to wait long to make up for it. The Thunder are playing their second game in as many nights, but I don’t think it will matter as the Thunder bounce back comfortably at home.