Detroit Pistons (17-21) at Los Angeles Lakers (22-19)
NBA: Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 10:30 PM ET at Staples Center, Los Angeles
Spread: Lakers -1.5 — Over/Under: 217
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This is the first matchup for these two teams this season. Detroit is looking to pick up a win against a banged-up Lakers team and bring some confidence back to their ball club. The Lakers will be looking to keep the momentum from their last game and get a win to keep them in playoff contention.
The Lakers have been struggling to get wins since LeBron James went done with a groin injury. They are currently the 8th seed in the West with a record of 22-19. In the Last ten games, the Lakers have gone 4-6. LeBron James and Rajon Rondo will be out in this matchup. Kyle Kuzma was back in action in the Lakers last game against Dallas, but he was unable to find his shot going 4/20 from the field.
The Lakers are coming off a great win against the Dallas Mavericks. Brandon Ingram led the team with 29 points on an efficient 12/21 shooting night. Lonzo Ball was the second leading scorer with 21 points and four three’s. This kind of game from these two players is what the Lakers need in order to beat the Pistons. Having Kyle Kuzma back will have a good impact on the Lakers, they will again have some more size which they will need to stop both Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond.
The Pistons have been struggling, to say the least, after starting the season off 13-7 they have had a hard time picking up wins going 4-14 since. This largely has to do with the fact they can’t keep up with other teams offensively. They are ranked 24th in points per game averaging 107.2. It also has to do with their team play that at times looks nonexistent. They are ranked 25th in assists per game with 22.1.
Detroit has dropped four of their last five games and has gone 3-7 in their last ten. It seems as of late the only bright spot for Detroit is Blake Griffin who is averaging 25.3 PPG, 5.2 APG and 8.5 RPG. If they want to beat the Lakers tonight they will have to be aggressive and grab a ton of boards. The Lakers are ranked 8th in rebounds per game and the Pistons are ranked 9th. In this Matchup, Detroit will have to outrebound the Lakers and get second-chance points and Blake Griffin will have to take advantage of the Lakers defense.
Cover The Spread 365 Betting Trends
Los Angeles Lakers
LA Lakers is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of LA Lakers’ last 18 games at home
LA Lakers is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Detroit
Detroit is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Detroit’s last 9 games on the road
Detroit is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
ESPN NBA Scores Detroit Pistons vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Both teams are struggling, but the Lakers have more offensive threats. If Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball play as they did against Dallas it will be hard for Detroit to get the win. Also, Kyle Kuzma will be looking to play a better game after going 4/20 from the field his first game back from an injury. The Lakers will have to stop Blake Griffin offensively and they will have to control the pace of the game throughout. If the Lakers do this they will grab the win.