Detroit Pistons (16-37, 7-22) at Los Angeles Clippers (36-18, 21-8)
- Time: 7 PST – 8 CST – 10 EST
- Place: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
- TV: Bally Sports Detroit, Bally Sports SoCal, NBA League Pass
Detroit ends it’s five-game road trip this evening as the Pistons have fashioned a 2-2 record on the trip with wins over the Thunder and Kings. They are firmly in the basement of the Eastern Conference where it looks like a Top 3 pick in the NBA Draft Lottery is a given.
The Clippers end a string of eight home games in a row where they have gone 5-2 and still set as the 3-seed in the Western Conference. Denver is one game back, but tied in the loss column while LA is two games off the Phoenix Suns for the 2-seed.
The Clippers have won two in a row in the series with the Pistons. This is the first meeting of the year and ironically, the two teams rematch in a home-road, back-to-back on Wednesday night.
Injuries to Key Contributors
- Pistons – Jerami Grant – (knee) – questionable – Rodney McGruder – (elbow) – OUT
- Clippers – Patrick Beverly – (hand) – OUT – Serge Ibaka – (back) Day to Day – Rajon Rondo – (abductor) – Day to Day – Kawhi Leonard – (rest) – OUT
- Detroit is 3-14 SU in the last 17 meetings with the Clippers
- The UNDER has been the play in 13 of the last 20 Pistons games vs. a Western Conference opponent
- The Pistons are 2-7 SU in their last 9 road outings vs. the Clippers
- LAC is 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games
- The UNDER has been the call in 4 of the last 6 Clippers games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the last 5 meetings between the Clippers and Pistons
Last Time Out:
Portland’s Enes Kanter had 24 points and 30 rebounds in 37 minutes as Portland defeated Detroit, 118-103. Josh Jackson had 21 points for the Pistons and Frank Jackson netted 17. Portland separated early in the game in jumping to a 33-22 lead after one period.
The Clippers took out the Rockets, 126-109, to win their fourth in a row on Friday night. The Clippers are an NBA best 9-1 on the second night of a back-to-back and 20-1 when scoring at least 120 points. The Clippers finished the second quarter on an incredible 41-6 run as they actually trailed by 14 early in that quarter. Kawhi Leonard made 11-of-20 shots to lead the Clippers with 31 points while Reggie Jackson stepped up off the bench with 26.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Detroit Pistons||+13½ (-115)||+700||O 213½ (-115)|
|Los Angeles Clippers||-13½ (-105)||-1100||U 213½ (-105)|
The Pistons have so much trouble scoring that their 44.8 percent (25th) and 107.1 (25th) points are in the bottom 16 percent in the NBA. Assuming Jerami Grant is back in the lineup, Detroit will look for scorers to once again step up beside of him as we saw Josh Jackson and Frank Jackson take the upper hand on Friday. Both come off the bench and are generally active; however rook Saddiq Bey (10.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg) can be a leader as he is consistent as he has 15.2 points and 3.8 boards over the last four games.
Key Pistons Stat:
Cory Joseph and Dennis Smith, Jr., check in at the guard spots as each player is getting back into the swing with injury issues. Jackson averages 12.8 points per game which is third on the team, but he shoots only 42.2 percent from the field and he needs to get to the line more than 3.1 times per game. Wayne Ellington is another potential scorer, who has also had trouble getting well and ready to push forward.
The Pistons need to find a way to break down the Clippers off the dribble consistently. They get to the line about 24 times per game and make 77.2 percent of their free throws. Grant has been the best with 6.4 trips per game while he shoots at an 85.4 percent clip.
Although Kawhi Leonard is once again resting, this Clippers team can get in rhythm and score the ball at a high pace, especially from three (41.8%, 1st/NBA). Paul George (44.1%) and Marcus Morris (45.9%) have been incredible with this all season and adding Nic Batum wasn’t a bad idea although some times he can become disinterested if he is not the focal point of what’s happening inside the offense.
Key LAC Stat:
LA has made 46.8 percent of their triples in this four-game winning streak and this likely will not slow down although the Pistons give up 31.2 attempts from log range (2nd/NBA). Their opponents make 37.3 percent which is 19th in the league. George is 13-of-18 in his last two games while Jackson is 12-of-19 over his last three.
The Clippers’ defense sometimes goes under the radar with it’s offense playing so well and with such precision. LAC stops the three-ball as opponents shoot only 36 percent (8th/NBA). Often they make teams attack the paint where they do give up 47 points per game (17th/NBA).
Winner: Clippers (-13½) 117, Pistons 100