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L.A. Lakers vs. Detroit Pistons - 1/9/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Pistons at L.A. Lakers
Date & Time Wednesday January 9, 2019, 10:30 PM (EST)
Los Angeles
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles -1.5 -- Over/Under 217.5
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The Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Lakers duke it out at the STAPLES Center on Wednesday night.

The Detroit Pistons have been in a major slump as they’ve lost five of their last six games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling to the Spurs in a 119-107 home loss on Monday. Blake Griffin led the team with 34 points and eight assists, Andre Drummond added 19 points with 14 rebounds while Reggie Jackson chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Pistons shot 49 percent from the field and nine of 32 from the 3-point line but despite taking an early lead, the Pistons were always reeling after the Spurs took control of the game with a 23-2 run which started in the second quarter. With the loss, Detroit fell to 17-21 overall and 11-10 at home.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers have lost five of their last seven games, but they will be looking to build some momentum after snapping a three-game losing streak with a 107-97 road win on Monday. Brandon Ingram led the team with 29 points on 12 of 21 shooting, Lonzo Ball added 21 points with five assists while Josh Hart racked up 14 points with 12 rebounds, six assists and five steals. As a team, the Lakers shot 43 percent from the field and eight of 28 from the 3-point line as they dominated the Mavericks in the second half by 53-30 to pull off the comeback win after trailing by as many as 15 points in the second quarter. With the much-needed win, Los Angeles improved to 22-19 overall and 9-11 on the road.

Looking at the betting trends, the Pistons are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, 0-5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games, 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games following a win and 6-14-1 ATS in their last 21 games against a team with a losing record.

Head to head, the home team is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings and the under is 16-7 in the last 23 meetings. The Pistons are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall but just 1-7 ATS in the last eight meetings in Los Angeles. 

The Pistons have been the streakiest team all season and they find themselves in another slump after getting blown out by the Spurs at home on Monday. The Lakers haven’t been travelling too well themselves as they’ve lost five of their last seven but we all know they’ve been severely shorthanded with LeBron James, Rajon Rondo and Kyle Kuzma all missing some time. I’m not confident taking either team the way they’ve been playing, but I think the edge still goes to the Lakers at home, even with all the injuries.

Los Angeles -1.5
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