Detroit Pistons (16-36) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (36-18)
The Los Angeles Clippers will be looking for their fifth straight victory when they take on the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. Los Angeles defeated Houston on Friday for their fourth straight victory, 126-109. Detroit defeated Sacramento on Thursday, 113-101. They take on the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, but this preview was written prior to the conclusion of that contest.
Los Angeles has beaten Detroit the last two times these teams have met, including a 126-112 victory back in January 2020. The Clippers are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
Pistons Hang on to Down KingsDetroit went into the half leading by 18, then hung on to defeat Sacramento, 113-101. Cory Joseph led the Pistons with 24 points, hitting 10 of 14 shots. He added seven assists. Isaiah Stewart recorded a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Detroit shot 52.4% from the field and hit 17 of 20 free-throw attempts.
Detroit is averaging 107.6 ppg while allowing 111.1 points per game. They are shooting 44.8% from the field and 35.6% from the three-point range.
Detroit is led in scoring by Jerami Grant at 22.5 ppg, but he is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Josh Jackson is averaging 12.6 points per contest. The leading rebounder for the Pistons is Joseph at 5.1 per contest. Both Wayne Ellington and Mason Plumlee are listed as questionable for this game as well.
Second Quarter Surge Propels ClippersThe Clippers found themselves trailing by 10 coming out of the first quarter, but a 41-10 second quarter propelled them to a 126-109 victory. Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points, hitting 11 of 20 shots, and added eight assists. Reggie Jackson added 26 points on 10 of 14 shooting, including six of nine from the three-point range. Jackson also had seven assists.
Los Angeles is sixth in both points per game (114.8) and points allowed per contest (108.0). They are fifth in field-goal percentage at 48.4% and first in three-point percentage at 41.8%. The Clippers are also the top free-throw shooting team at 84.1%.
Leonard leads the team, averaging 26.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per contest. Paul George has combined with Leonard to become one of the top duos in the NBA, averaging 22.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per contest. George sat out the last contest but will be back on the court on Sunday.
- 1-4 ATS in their last five games on a Sunday.
Los Angeles Clippers:
- 4-0 ATS in their last four games.
- 4-0 ATS in their last four games at home.
- 6-1 ATS in their last seven games at home when facing a team with a losing record on the road.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
Los Angeles is playing exceptional basketball now that they are healthy. This team is poised to make a deep run in the playoffs, maybe even earn their first NBA championship. They are not just winning games, but are blowing teams out of late. During their four-game winning streak, they have won each of those contests by at least 10 points and have won three of them by better than 16 points.
Detroit is not a very good team, and they have the added disadvantage of playing on back-to-back nights while the Clippers are resting. I have no doubt that Los Angeles wins this game by at least 17.
Full-Game Total Pick
No total has been set for this game. These teams have gone under in four of the last five meetings between them, but Detroit has gone over in five of their last seven games. Los Angeles has gone over in five of their last seven games when playing on one day’s rest and has gone over in six of their last seven games when playing against teams with a winning percentage of less than 40%.
I am looking for Los Angeles to score at least 126 here. Not knowing exactly what oddsmakers will eventually set as a line, if it is anything under 235, then you should definitely take the over.