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NBA Predictions: Detroit Pistons vs. Los Angeles Lakers 1/15/17

Which struggling team will get a needed win on Sunday as the Los Angeles Lakers host the Detroit Pistons at 9PM ET?

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Pistons are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -2 points against the Lakers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 211.5 points. These two have yet to meet this season, but the Lakers have won seven of the last eight in the series and are 6-2 against the spread in those eight games.

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The Pistons have lost three straight since a 125-124 double OT win at Portland last weekend. They are now 18-24 overall while going 18-23 against the spread. If there was a line in their last game against the Jazz, they certainly wouldn’t have covered there either. Detroit is averaging just 99.7 points per game on offense this season while now giving up 101.1 points per game. Tobias Harris is the leading scorer for Detroit with 16.5 points per game. Andre Drummond is adding 14.5 points and 13.4 rebounds per contest. Detroit is expected to be without Kentavious Caldwell-Pope tonight because of a shoulder injury. KCP averages 14.5 points per game for the Pistons.

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The Lakers have also lost three straight, including a 113-97 loss to the Clippers yesterday. All three losses have been by at least 16 points as they are now 15-29 overall and 19-24-1 against the spread. Los Angeles is giving up 110.3 points per game on defense, while the offense is scoring 104.5 points per contest. Louis Williams is the leading scorer with 17.5 points per game while D’Angelo Russell is adding 14.9 points and 4.6 assists per contest.

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Neither team gives you much hope for a cover today as the Pistons have simply lost their ability to play defense, yet they maintain their inability to score. The Lakers are just bad. However, Los Angeles is at least 10-10 at home this season. The Pistons are 8-15 on the road and could be without one of their top scorers. I can see them struggling to keep pace with the Lakers, who are still capable of scoring, especially against a struggling defense.



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