The NBA is set up with a solid night of action on April 5. Seven games will be up on the board in the NBA throughout Monday night. One of these matchups will be between the Detroit Pistons and the Oklahoma City Thunder. These two teams have struggled throughout this season, but I think this could be an exciting game. This one will tip off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
The Pistons have put up a record of 14-35 throughout this season, which has them sitting in last place of the Eastern Conference. Detroit is coming off a loss in their last game, but have gone 2-2 in their last four games. The Pistons will look to come out quickly in this one as they need a big win in this one. I expect Detroit to try and set the pace early as they look for another win.
Oklahoma City has earned a record of 20-29 to this point in the season, which has them in thirteenth place of the Western Conference. The Thunder are only three games back on a playoff spot, which still gives them a chance to make a push. Oklahoma City has lost two straight games and five of their last six entering this one though.
These two teams have struggled throughout this season, but the Thunder have been much more competitive. Oklahoma City is still in the playoff race, while the Pistons are six game out of a playoff spot. Detroit could still make a push, but I would not expect much of a push from them. The Thunder will look to win an important game in this one as they try to get back in the playoff race.
The Pistons and the Thunder met up twice throughout last season. Oklahoma City hosted the first game on February 7. Reggie Jackson dropped 28 points, while Christian Wood scored 27 points and 12 rebounds on the night. Chris Paul finished with 22 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put up 21 points. Danilo Gallinari added 19 points as the Thunder earned a 108-101 win.
The second game of the season series shifted to Detroit on March 4. Christian Wood dropped 29 points and Brandon Knight scored 18 points. It was not enough for the Pistons though. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 27 points on the night. Dennis Schroder added 23 points off the bench, while Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points. Oklahoma City was able to hold on for a 114-107 win in this one.
Oklahoma City was able to sweep the two games against Detroit last season. The Thunder have won five games in a row against Detroit and will look to keep it going in this one. The Pistons have been in a rebuild much longer than Oklahoma City and will look to try and finally break through in this one. If Detroit can come out quick in this one, it could be enough to grab a win.
Field Goal Shooting
Detroit has struggled shooting the ball throughout this season. The Pistons have been able to make around 44.3 percent of their shots from the field, which is 27th in the NBA. Detroit has drained 35.3 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 21st in the league. The Pistons have also been shooting 76.9 percent from the charity stripe, which is 19th in the NBA.
The Thunder have not been much better shooting so far this season. Oklahoma City has made 44.6 percent of their shots from the field, which is 26th in the league. The Thunder have shot 34.8 percent from deep this season, which is 25th in the NBA. Oklahoma City has sunk 73.6 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 29th in the league.
These two teams have been very similar shooting the ball throughout this season, but Oklahoma City has the edge on defense. The Thunder have held their opponents to a 46.8 percent from the field, which is 16th in the NBA. Detroit has allowed opposing teams to make 47.7 percent of their shots from the field, which is 26th in the league. Oklahoma City will need their defense to step up with all their injuries.
Jerami Grant has been the clear leader on offense for the Pistons this season. Grant is averaging 22.5 points per game. Hamidou Diallo has averaged 14.5 points per game since coming over from the Thunder. Josh Jackson is averaging 13 points, while Corey Joseph, Saddiq Bey, Mason Plumlee and Wayne Ellington have all averaged around 10.5 points per game.
Oklahoma City will need some players to step up in a big way in this one. The Thunder are without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Al Horford, Lu Dort, Darius Bazley and Mike Muscala in this one. Ty Jerome, Theo Maledon and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk are all averaging around 9.5 points per game. Tony Bradley and Isaiah Roby have both averaged around 9 points per game.
Detroit’s lineup has been nothing special throughout this season, but they have a big edge in this one with all the injuries to the Thunder. Oklahoma City will look for multiple players to step up in this one as they look for a win. No players playing in this one for the Thunder have averaged over 10 points per game this season and they will need some players to get in the double digits on Monday night.
The Pistons have not been anything special throughout this seaosn, but I think they have a chance to get their third win in five games in this one. Detroit has a solid lineup entering this game and Hamidou Diallo will look to get some revenge after Oklahoma City traded him near the deadline. I expect the Pistons to shoot well early in this one as they look for a big win.
BetOnline has Detroit listed as a -3 against the spread in this game. This gives a slight edge to the Pistons on the road on Monday night, which I agree with. Detroit is coming into this game much healthier and I do not think the Thunder have the depth to step up to knock off the Pistons. I like Detroit to finally end their losing streak against Oklahoma City with a big win on Monday night.