Lakers vs. Pistons Pick
731 Los Angeles Lakers at 732 Detroit Pistons, 7PM ET
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Pistons are a 5.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under sits at 213.5 points.
Detroit opened as a 4.5-point favorite, while the the total has dropped after opening at 215. The Pistons are a 5.5-point favorite almost everywhere, but can be bet at -5 at some books. The total is at 213.5 at most sportsbooks, yet is seen as high as 214.5.
As of Monday afternoon, 63 percent of public bets are coming in on Detroit. Online wager info also shows that 59 percent of bets are being placed on the over.
INJURY TO WATCH
Lakers power forward Julius Randle (ankle), power forward Channing Frye (appendix) and shooting guard Josh Hart (hand) are all questionable to play. Point guard Isaiah Thomas (hip) is out. Small forward Brandon Ingram (hip flexor) is out until early April. For the Pistons, small forward Stanley Johnson (buttocks) is out until early April. Power forward Jon Leuer (ankle) is out for the season.
Detroit can't afford any losses if it wants to keep its playoff hopes alive as they are 5.5 games back of the eighth seed with nine games to play. In other words, the Pistons are toast. But expect them to still play hard as long as there is the smallest of chances. Detroit has won three of its last four with the only defeat being a 100-98 loss at the Rockets. The Lakers ended a four-game losing skid via a 100-93 victory at Memphis. Take the Pistons here as they have more incentive to win games right now.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: DETROIT PISTONS -5.5