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L.A. Clippers vs. Detroit Pistons - 1/12/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Pistons at L.A. Clippers
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 3:30 PM (EST)
Los Angeles, CA
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles -7 -- Over/Under 221
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The Los Angeles Clippers play host to the Detroit Pistons at the STAPLES Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Detroit Pistons have been in a real slump as they’ve lost seven of their last eight games and they will be hoping to put a halt to a four-game skid after falling to the Kings in a 112-102 road loss on Thursday. Stanley Johnson led the team in scoring with 16 points off the bench, Reggie Bullock and Bruce Brown each scored 15 points while Andre Drummond chipped in with 12 points and 11 rebounds. As a team, the Pistons shot just 42 percent from the field and 11 of 38 from the 3-point line but the real problem was on the defensive end as they allowed the young Kings to run riot in the first half where they were outscored by 65-48. Blake Griffin sat out the game, but it was only for rest, so he should be available on Saturday. With the loss, Detroit fell to 17-23 overall and 6-13 on the road.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers have been building some nice momentum with seven wins in their last 11 games, but they will be looking to bounce back after having their three-game win streak snapped by the Nuggets in a 121-100 road loss on Thursday. Lou Williams led the team in scoring with 19 points and five assists off the bench, Danilo Gallinari and Tobias Harris each scored 18 points while Montrezl Harrell chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Clippers shot 43 percent from the field and just six of 24 from the 3-point line but they were always trailing by double-digits after falling behind by 16 points early in the second quarter. With the loss, Los Angeles fell to 24-17 overall and 10-11 on the road.

Looking at the betting trends, the Pistons are 1-6 ATS in their last seven road games, 0-6-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall. The Clippers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a losing record and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.

Head to head, the under is 3-1-1 in the last five meetings in LA, the home team is 5-2-1 ATS in the last eight meetings and the underdog is 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings.

The Pistons were without Griffin in their last outing so I’m not too surprised that they fell against the Kings in their last outing, but the Pistons have been in a slump for a while now, especially on the road where they’ve lost six of their last seven. The Clippers were on a nice run of three straight wins before getting routed against the Conference-leading Nuggets on Thursday. These two squads have yet to meet this season, but the Clippers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games while the Pistons are 1-6 ATS in their last seven road games and I think those trends continue here.

Los Angeles -7
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