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It’s an interconference contest on the floor in the City of Angles on the parquet floor. The Detroit Pistons are on the road as they make the trip to face the LA Clippers Saturday afternoon. Detroit took a 112-102 road loss to Sacramento in their last game Thursday night. LA was drubbed 121-100 on the road by the Nuggets Thursday night in their last contest. The Pistons lead the all-time regular season series between the teams 71-44 but the Clippers took 12 of the last 14 meetings. Last season, the teams split two meetings with the Clippers prevailing 108-95 on the road in the last matchup on February 9, 2018.
Detroit Pistons Continue Road Swing Out West
Detroit suffered their fourth straight loss as they were dumped by Sacramento. The Pistons entered Friday night ninth in the Eastern Conference standings, two games behind the Hornets for the final playoff. Detroit trailed by 13 after the opening quarter and by 17 at the half: they couldn’t make a sustained run in the second half and took the loss. The Pistons couldn’t get closer than the final score the rest of the way. Detroit shot 42.7 percent from the field, including 11 of 28 from three point range, and turned the ball over 19 times in the contest. Stanley Johnson led the Pistons with 16 points off the bench in the loss. Detroit is 9-10 ATS on the road this season while the under is 10-8-1 in those games.
Stanley making plays. #PistonsNow
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) January 11, 2019
The Pistons are mediocre so far offensively, ranking 24th in scoring offense with 106.9 points per game. Detroit is 11th in rebounding with 45.8 boards per game and are below average sharing the ball, ranking 25th in assists with 22.1 per night. The team is 14th in scoring defense as they allow 109.8 points a game. Blake Griffin leads the Pistons with 25.1 points plus 8.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. Reggie Jackson chips in 14.8 points plus 4.2 assists per contest, Reggie Bullock adds 12 points a night and Andre Drummond posts 16.7 points and 14.9 rebounds per contest. The Pistons look to Ish Smith (9.2 points), Langston Galloway, Stanley Johnson, Luke Kennard, Glenn Robinson III and Zaza Pachulia to provide depth and a scoring punch from the bench. Detroit is 29th in the league by shooting 43.5 percent from the floor. The Pistons are tied for 12th in the league in three point field goals with 11.1 per game while ranking 29th by sinking 32.7 percent from downtown. Smith is out at least three and possibly as long as six weeks with a torn right adductor muscle. Henry Ellenson is out until late January with a sprained ankle, which could further impact the Pistons’ depth.
LA Clippers Try to Climb Western Conference Standings
LA saw their three game win streak come to a close as they were thumped in the Mile High City by the Nuggets. The Clippers entered Friday 4.5 games behind the Nuggets for the top spot in the West and three games behind the Warriors for the Pacific Division lead. LA trailed by 12 after the opening quarter and never got closer than five the rest of the way. The Clippers shot 43.7 percent from the field, including six of 24 from three point range, and lost the rebounding battle 53-38. Danilo Gallinari and Tobias Harris (11 boards) each had 18 points to lead the team in the loss. LA is 13-7 ATS at home this season while the over is 13-7 in those games.
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 11, 2019
The Clippers are currently 4th in the league in scoring offense with 115.6 points per game. LA is 12th in the league in rebounding with 45.7 boards per game and stand 22nd in assists with 22.7 per contest. The Clippers are below average defensively, ranking 24th in scoring defense by allowing 114.3 points per game. Tobias Harris is leading LA with 21 points plus eight boards a game this season. Danilo Gallinari (19.5 points, 6.1 rebounds), Lou Williams (18.5 points) and Montrezl Harrell (15.7 points, 6.7 boards) all average in double figures. Boban Marjanovic, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (9.9 points), Marcin Gortat, Patrick Beverley, Avery Bradley, Luc Mbah a Moute and Mike Scott are all key pieces of the Clippers’ rotation for Doc Rivers. Mbah a Moute has been out with a knee injury and he is out until late January. LA is 8th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 47.4 percent from the floor. The Clippers are 26th in three pointers a game with 9.4 per contest and 3rd in three point shooting as they hit 38.2 percent of their long range attempts.
- Pistons are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall
- Pistons are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference foes
- Pistons are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game
- Clippers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
- Clippers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
- Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 day of rest
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
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Right now, the Pistons are in a funk with four straight losses on the ledger. This is a return game for Griffin, who was rested on Thursday night in preparation for this one. The problem is, the Pistons don’t have a ton of depth in secondary scoring options at the moment. The Clippers are a talented team with plenty of weapons to work with. Harrell has developed into a force off the bench and combined with Williams, is one of the best bench duos in the league. LA is good at home and that provides the difference as they pick up the win here.
Prediction: LA Clippers -7
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Detroit has to find a way out of this tailspin if they want to hang in the playoff picture. The Pistons dropped two games behind the Hornets for the final playoff spot entering Friday and they can ill afford to fall further back if they can help it. Detroit has been streaky all season long but they have to get back into gear if they hope to have success. LA is a tough team, especially at home, and they feel they have something to prove after losing big at Denver. Can the Clippers regroup and get the victory in this contest?
The under is 18-5-3 in the Pistons’ last 26 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, 7-2 in their last nine games against Pacific Division opponents and 12-4 in their last 16 after an ATS loss. LA has seen the under go 4-0 in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game, 4-1 in their last five overall and 4-1 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game. Look for this one to fall short, especially with the Pistons’ inconsistency this season.
Prediction: Under 221