In the first game after trading their star players to each other, two teams sitting on the 9th place of their respective conference are clashing, when the Detroit Pistons (27-26), looking to extend a lengthy winning streak, are hosting the Los Angeles Clippers (27-25), who have two straight victories themselves.
Date/Time: 02-09-2018, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Detroit Pistons -3.5
Pistons have a 27-26 record (26-25-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 9th place of the East. They have five consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Nets with a 115-106 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Blake Griffin with 21.5 ppg, adding 7.8 rebounds and a team high 6.2 assists per game. He is followed by Andre Drummond with 15.1 ppg, adding team highs in rebounding with 15.6 per game, in steals with 1.7 per game and in blocked shots with 1.5 per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersClippers have a 27-25 record (28-23-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 9th place of the West. They have won four of their last five matches and in their last game they won at home against the Mavericks with a 104-101 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring Lou Williams with 23.3 ppg, adding 5.3 assists per game. He is followed by Tobias Harris with 21.5 ppg and 4.5 rebounds, while Austin Rivers adds 15.8 ppg but he is out with an injury.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Pistons won on the road with an 87-95 score. Pistons are 18-10 at home so far this season, while Clippers are 11-13 on the road. Clippers are better offensively, scoring 107.6 ppg to Pistons’ 103.3, while Pistons are better defensively, allowing 103 ppg to Clippers’ 107.1. Clippers have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 46.28% to Pistons’ 45.3%, while Pistons have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 37.75% to Clippers’ 35.46%. Clippers are better in rebounding (43.4 to 42.7), while Pistons are better in assists made (22.7 to 22.1). Pistons have been very good at home throughout the season and Vegas odds give them a -3.5 spread which they are expected to beat today for the home victory.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Detroit Pistons Prediction: Detroit Pistons -3.5 (-109)