Detroit Pistons vs Los Angeles Lakers Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 1-9-2018




Detroit Pistons vs  Los Angeles Lakers Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 1-9-2018

Detroit Pistons (17-21) vs Los Angeles Lakers (22-19)

Date : 01/09/2019
Time : 10:30 pm EST
Location : Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Detroit Pistons vs Los Angeles Lakers

The Detroit Pistons will travel to Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, to battle the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night at 10:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. And while the Lakers are close to getting LeBron James back into the lineup, he is not due to be back until  next week, according to reports. Nonetheless, the Lakers have dropped five of their last seven games, overall, as their last matchup resulted in a win versus a struggling team in the Dallas Mavericks as Brandon Ingram along with Lonzo Ball how led the offense with 29 and 21 points, respectively, as the Lakers were able to halt a three-game losing streak.

Detroit, on the other hand, has been horrible lately in losing four of their last five games, overall, as they lost their second straight game versus the San Antonio Spurs at home as despite 34 points from Blake Griffin along with having six players score in double digits. Detroit was not able to overcome 54% shooting for the San Antonio Spurs in the matchup en route to a deflating loss.  Unfortunately, the Pistons are only 1 – 7 against the spread in the last eight meetings at Staples Center while the under has been the play in four straight meetings versus the Lakers in Los Angeles.

 

Detroit Pistons's Latest Performance :

Blake Griffin has certainly been the most consistent player on the Detroit Pistons this year as he is averaging 32 points per game in their last four outings. He pumped in 34 points versus the San Antonio Spurs at home in their last outing  and despite the Pistons having six double digit scorers for the game, allowed the big two for the San Antonio Spurs to post 26 and 25 points, respectively, as DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge put in monster games for the visitors in which to pull out a hard-fought victory in the end.

Said coach Dwane Casey, ”I thought we got off to a great start, but their second unit came in and speeded things up. We didn’t match it. We have to be able to pump the gas at the start of the second quarter.” Andre Drummond also added 19 points along with pulling out 14 rebounds for the Pistons in the loss while Reggie Jackson had 14 points while going 6-10 from the floor.

Detroit will now take to the road, where they are only 1-4 in their last five road games, in which to begin yet another four-game road trip beginning with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. As stated, Detroit has not have much success at the Staples Center recently, yet will be looking to bring the focus on Wednesday to pick up a much-needed victory versus a short-handed Lakers squad.

 

Los Angeles Lakers 's Latest Performance :

After a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves to where the Lakers only posted 86 points, they came out with a bit more fire versus the Dallas Mavericks as they were able to rely on Ingram and Ball in which to spur their offense to a much-needed victory. The Lakers shot just 43% from the floor, however, they were able to hold the Mavericks to 41% shooting, as a team, yet was able to connect on a 13 three pointers on the night. Luka Doncic was responsible for 2 three pointers for the Mavericks as he led the team with 27 points in the loss while aside from Ingram and Ball chipping in 29 and 21 points, as stated, Josh Hart along with Kyle Kuzma put in 14 and 13 points, also, for the Lakers as Kuzma also pulled down five rebounds.

The Lakers would certainly have a great chance in which to continue their winning streak as they face a Detroit team that has suffered on both ends of the floor, particularly, on the offensive end, lately. With the Lakers warming up at this time, they will look to continue to gain momentum, moving forward, with a short-handed squad.

 

How Detroit Pistons & Los Angeles Lakers Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

 

Detroit is 17 – 20 – 1 against the spread while the OU is 19 – 19

Los Angeles is 17 – 23 – 1 against the spread while the OU is 15 – 25

 

 

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

This will be an interesting match-up as it will  be intriguing to see how Detroit performs versus a Lakers team that is short-handed, as stated, yet gained a bit of confidence in halting a three-game losing streak versus the Dallas Mavericks in their last time out. Detroit, on the other hand, continues to labor on the offensive end and are truly difficult to watch on offense as a unit. With that being said, their defense continues to rise to the occasion; Yet, one has to wonder, for how long?

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:   Los Angeles Lakers

My reason for the pick :

 

 

Look for the Lakers to come out with the win in this contest as Detroit seemed lifeless on their last road trip as they have certainly not played well at home or away from home lately. Of course, Blake Griffin will certainly be the tip of the spear for the offensive attack for Detroit in this matchup, as he has been all season long;  However, look for the Lakers to seize control of this game while pulling away at some point due to Detroit’s inability to maintain consistent play within their backcourt, especially.

 

 

Totals Selection: Pick: Under

My reason for the prediction :

As stated, while the offense for the Pistons have been awful to watch, look for them to certainly get after it on the defensive end of the floor in this contest. Of course, the Lakers offense is struggling lately, yet gained a bit of momentum on this end of the floor in their last outing versus the Dallas Mavericks. Nonetheless, one should certainly expect this to be a low-scoring and very competitive affair amongst teams that would be looking to continue their success, or, to end a horrible losing streak, altogether, in which to string together a win or two in which to move forward.

Betting trends for Detroit Pistons:

  • Pistons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games.
    Pistons are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
    Pistons are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.

Betting trends for Los Angeles Lakers :

  • Lakers are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win.
    Lakers are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win.
    Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Falepa

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