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Detroit Pistons vs. L.A. Clippers - 2/2/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
L.A. Clippers at Detroit Pistons
Date & Time Saturday February 2, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST)
Location
Little Caesars Arena
Detroit
The Line
The Line: Detroit +1.5 -- Over/Under 215
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NBA | L.A. Clippers at Detroit Pistons
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The Los Angeles Clippers pay a visit to the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday night.

The Los Angeles Clippers have been in decent form as they’ve won four of their last seven games but they will be looking to avoid a third straight defeat after falling to the Lakers in a 123-120 overtime loss on Thursday. Lou Williams led the team with 24 points and six assists off the bench, Patrick Beverley added 17 points with eight rebounds and four assists while Tobias Harris and Montrezl Harrell each scored 15 points. As a team, the Clippers shot 44 percent from the field and 14 of 43 from the 3-point line as they rallied back from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit only to fall short in overtime where they were outscored by 11-8. With the loss, Los Angeles fell to 28-24 overall and 15-12 at home.

Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons have been in a bit of a slump as they’ve lost four of their last six games but they were able to arrest a two-game skid with a 93-89 home win over the Mavericks on Thursday. Blake Griffin led the team with 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, Andre Drummond added 24 points and 20 rebounds while Reggie Jackson chipped in with 17 points, seven rebounds and nine assists. As a team, the Pistons shot just 38 percent from the field and nine of 33 from the 3-point line but they stayed aggressive on the boards and managed to overcome a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter. With the win, Detroit improved to 22-28 overall and 14-12 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Clippers are 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games, 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a loss and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game. The Pistons are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games, 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games overall.

Head to head, the under is 4-1 in the last five meetings and the Clippers are 5-2-1 ATS in the last eight meetings in Detroit.

The Clippers haven’t been too bad lately but they’ve fallen off the pace with back to back losses and it’s always tough to play after overtime losses. The Pistons haven’t exactly been world beaters themselves but they pulled off a nice comeback win over the Mavericks and they’ve already beaten the Clippers by 109-104 back on Jan 12. I’m tempted to take the Clippers who are 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games, but Griffin came up big against his former team in the last meeting and I think he has another big game in a win for the Pistons here.

Pick:
Detroit -1.5

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