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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Detroit Pistons - 4/5/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Detroit Pistons at Oklahoma City Thunder
Date & Time Friday April 5, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Chesapeake Energy Arena
Oklahoma City, OK
The Line
The Line: Oklahoma City -10.5
TV Channel
FSOK, FSDT
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The Detroit Pistons travel to the Chesapeake Energy Arena to battle the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.

The Detroit Pistons have been in rough shape as they’ve lost five of their last seven games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling to the Pacers in a 108-89 home loss on Wednesday. Andre Drummond led the team with 28 points, 19 rebounds, three steals and three blocks, Wayne Ellington added 24 points while Reggie Jackson chipped in with 16 points and four assists. As a team, the Pistons shot just 38 percent from the field and 11 of 41 from the 3-point line as they scored just 36 points in the first half before getting blown out in the second half as they just didn’t have the firepower to hang with the Pacers without the services of their leading scorer in Blake Griffin. With the loss, Detroit fell to 39-39 overall and 25-14 at home which is good for sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings.  

Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been in a slump of their own as they’ve lost seven of their past 10 games, but they will be looking to build some momentum after making light work of the shorthanded Lakers in a 119-103 home win on Tuesday. Jerami Grant led the team in scoring with 22 points, Russell Westbrook racked up a ridiculous triple-double of 20 points with 20 rebounds and 21 assists while Paul George chipped in with 19 points, five assists and five steals. As a team, the Thunder shot 46 percent from the field and 13 of 44 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 34 points in the first quarter, before putting the game out of reach in the third quarter where they outscored the Lakers by 35-23 to lead by as many as 18 points. With the easy win, Oklahoma City improved to 45-33 overall and 25-14 at home which is currently good for seventh place in the Western Conference standings.

Looking at the betting trends, the Pistons are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five road games, 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a loss and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games overall. The Thunder are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games playing on two days rest and 6-16 ATS in their last 22 games overall.

Head to head, the under is 8-1 in the last nine meetings and the favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.

Blake Griffin is currently listed as questionable for this game which is tough news for the Pistons who have struggled mightily in his absence. The Thunder haven't been playing well at all lately, but I'm looking for them to get on a run after beating up the shorthanded Lakers in their last outing. The Thunder will be coming into this one well-rested which is good news as they are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games and they should be too good for the shorthanded Pistons here.

Pick:
Oklahoma City -10.5

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