Date/Time: 01-09-2019, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers -2
Two squads from different conference coming off opposite outcomes in their latest matchups are clashing tonight, when the struggling Detroit Pistons, looking to end their current losing streak, are visiting the Los Angeles Lakers, who are still playing without LeBron James and want to continue on the winning ways.
Pistons are 17-21 so far in the league and are sitting on the ninth place of the Eastern Conference. They are 1-5 in their last 6 games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by San Antonio at home, 107-119. Lakers are 22-19 so far in the league and are sitting on the eighth place of the Western Conference. In their latest matchup they snapped a 3-game losing streak with a road victory against Dallas, 107-97.
Top Basketball BookmakersDetroit are led in scoring by Blake Griffin with 25.3 ppg. He also adds 8.5 rebounds and leads the team in assists made with 5.2 per game, while Andre Drummond follows with 17.1 ppg and leads the team in rebounding with 14.9 per game. Reggie Jackson adds 15.1 ppg and 4.3 assists per game. LA are led in scoring by LeBron James with 27.3 ppg. He also leads the team both in assists with 7.1 and rebounding with 8.3 game but he is injured and unavailable. Kyle Kuzma follows with 18.2 ppg, adding 5.8 rebounds per game. Brandon Ingram adds 16.5 ppg and 4.6 rebounds.
Those two teams met twice last year with each one being victorious at home. Detroit won with a 112-106 score and LA 113-93. LA are 13-8 at home, while Detroit are 6-11 on the road. LA have a better offense with 112.2 ppg to Detroit’s 107.2 ppg, while Detroit have a better defense, allowing 109.7 ppg to LA’s 111.1. LA have a better accuracy both from the field (47.3% to 43.5%) and from behind the arc (34.1% to 32.9%). Detroit on the other hand commit fewer turnovers per game (14.4 to 15.4), while LA dish more assists (24.5 to 22.1) and both squads grab almost the same number of rebounds per game (46.7 to 46.4). Detroit have been ineffective on the road and they don’t pose a threat even against the Lakers without their star player.
Detroit Pistons vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -2 (-108)