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It’s an interconference clash on the parquet floor in the Motor City. The Los Angeles Lakers are on the road as they make the trip to face the Detroit Pistons Friday night. Los Angeles was in action on the road against the Raptors Thursday night. Detroit was pummeled 108-74 on the road by Miami on Wednesday night in their last contest. The Lakers own a 206-132 edge in the all-time regular-season series between the teams, including a 113-100 home win in the first matchup this season on January 9.
Los Angeles Lakers Cap Back to Back Road Set
Los Angeles was in action north of the border Thursday night as they faced the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors. The Lakers entered that contest 11th in the Western Conference, seven games behind the Clippers for the final playoff spot with 15 to go. Los Angeles is 6-4 in the second game of back to back situations this season. The Lakers average 110.6 points per game in those situations, which is less than their full-season mark of 112.2 points a night. Los Angeles allows 109 points per contest in those outings, which is an improvement on their full-season average of 113.9 points a night.
Averaging 7.8 APG… it's @RajonRondo's BEST DIMES of the season!
— NBA (@NBA) March 14, 2019
The Lakers are 16th in the league in scoring offense as they put up 112.2 points per game. Los Angeles is 7th in rebounding with 46.2 boards per contest and 12th in assists with 25.3 per game. The Lakers stand 25th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 113.9 points per night. The Lakers are 6th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 47.5 percent as a team. Los Angeles is 21st in the league with 10.2 triples per game while standing 29th in three-point shooting at 33.4 percent from downtown. The Lakers are just 3-7 in their last 10 games as they continue to fade. Los Angeles is 17th in scoring offense (111.9 points), 30th in three-point shooting (30.2 percent), 27th in field goal percentage defense (48.2 percent) and 25th in scoring defense (116.7 points) in that stretch. LeBron James leads the way with 29.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 9.4 assists per game while shooting 53.1 percent from the field in that stretch. Kyle Kuzma adds 17.1 points plus 5.8 boards a contest in that stretch. The Lakers have lost Brandon Ingram (deep venous thrombosis in shoulder) and likely Lonzo Ball (ankle) for the season.
Detroit Pistons Hope to Put Back to Back Blowouts Behind Them
Detroit suffered their second straight blowout loss on the road as they were blitzed by the Heat. The Pistons entered Thursday seventh in the Eastern Conference, four games ahead of ninth-place Orlando to remain in the playoff picture. Detroit trailed by 12 after the opening quarter and cut the deficit to five at the half before the ceiling fell in. The Pistons gave up a 21-0 run out of the locker room and were outscored 33-8 in the third quarter to trail by 30: that told the tale. Detroit was held to 35.1 percent shooting from the floor, including eight of 37 from three-point range, and turned the ball over 17 times in the contest. Blake Griffin led the Pistons with 13 points in the loss.
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) March 14, 2019
The Pistons are mediocre so far offensively, ranking 23rd in scoring offense with 107.2 points per game. Detroit is 15th in rebounding with 45.2 boards per game and are below average sharing the ball, ranking 26th in assists with 22.6 per night. The team is 8th in scoring defense as they allow 107.8 points a game. Detroit is 28th in the league by shooting 44.1 percent from the floor. The Pistons are 8th in the league in three-point field goals with 12 per game while ranking 22nd by sinking 34.7 percent from downtown. Detroit is 7-3 in their last 10 games, ranking 22nd in scoring offense (108.9 points) and 1st in three-point shooting (39.4 percent) in that span. Blake Griffin has been solid in the last 10 games for the Pistons, putting up 18.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.7 assists while shooting 41.7 percent from the floor. Andre Drummond has stepped up his game as he puts up 16.1 points, 15.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals as he is shooting 54.5 percent from the floor. Reggie Jackson is contributing with 15.4 points along with three assists a night in that stretch. He is shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 40.4 percent from three-point range while draining 21 threes.
- Pistons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
- Pistons are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 home games
- Pistons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- Lakers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall
- Lakers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games
- Lakers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Los Angeles is playing the second game of a back to back situation here and it’s on the road. The Lakers have gone just 13-20 as the visiting team this season and they’re dealing with injuries in their rotation. Detroit has to shake off back to back blowout losses but at least this one is back at home for the Pistons, who are 21-13 as the hosts. The Pistons still have the dynamic duo of Griffin and Drummond, plus a hot perimeter shooting group of late. That is enough to give Detroit the edge against a tired Lakers team that is missing key personnel and standing close to the brink of elimination in the playoff picture.
Prediction: Detroit Pistons