The Los Angeles Clippers (24-11) meet the Detroit Pistons (12-22) at the Staples Center. The game will air on NBATV at 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 2, 2020.
Detroit Pistons at Los Angeles Clippers Betting Prediction
In the Pistons’ last game, they were blown out by the Utah Jazz, 104-81, and failed to cover as 9.5-point underdogs. The game’s combined points (185) were well under the projected point total of 218. Utah’s 0.530 effective field goal percentage was their biggest strength over Detroit, who had a mark of 0.405. The Jazz’s mark was below their season average of 0.538, while the Pistons’ was below their season average of 0.541. Detroit’s Andre Drummond had a solid outing, recording 15 points, 13 rebounds and five steals.
The Clippers easily got past the Sacramento Kings in their last outing, 105-87, easily covering as 6.5-point favorites. The game’s combined points (192) came in well under the projected point total of 219.5. The Clippers made 21 of their 22 free throws (95.5 percent) and had a turnover percentage of 10.1 (better than their season average of 13.0). With 21 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, Los Angeles’ Paul George played well.
After splitting two games last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. In the last game, the Clippers won 111-101. The Clippers had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (26.2 vs. 16.3) and had a better free throw rate (0.256 vs. 0.169).
Detroit holds records of 12-22 straight up (SU) and 12-20-2 against the spread (ATS). Games including the Pistons tend to finish over the projected point total (55.9 percent).
Meanwhile, Los Angeles owns records of 24-11 SU and 19-15-1 ATS. Unlike Detroit, games including the Clippers tend to go under the total (57.1 percent).
Look for Los Angeles to dominate the offensive glass in this matchup. The Clippers currently rank third in offensive rebounding percentage (24.8 percent), while Detroit ranks 22nd in defensive rebounding percentage (76.4 percent).
Detroit Pistons vs. Los Angeles Clippers Betting Pick
Free Prediction: ATS Winner – Clippers, O/U – Over
On the road, Detroit is 4-10-2 ATS with 9 unders and 7 overs.
At home, Los Angeles is 10-6-1 ATS with 10 unders and 7 overs.
When holding opponents under 100 points, Los Angeles is 11-0 and Detroit is 4-0.
When reaching 100 points, the Pistons are 11-16 and the Clippers are 22-7.
Los Angeles ranks third in points off turnovers per game (19.1) while Detroit ranks 25th (15.5).
The Clippers rank fourth in rebounds per game (47.9) while the Pistons rank 26th (42.2).
Detroit ranks second in three pointers allowed per game (31.0) while Los Angeles ranks 23rd (34.7).
The Clippers rank fourth in assists allowed per game (22.6) while the Pistons rank 22nd (24.9).
Los Angeles ranks eighth in points in the paint per game (48.6) while Detroit ranks 22nd in points allowed in the paint per game (50.5).
The Clippers rank first in second chance points per game (15.1) while the Pistons rank 14th in second chance points allowed per game (13.1).
Los Angeles ranks 10th in steals per game (8.0) while Detroit ranks 21st in steals allowed per game (8.2).
The Clippers average 14.7 fast break points per game, which ranks seventh in the league. The Pistons rank 17th in fast break points allowed per game (13.4).
Los Angeles averages 5.0 blocks per game, which ranks 13th in the league. Detroit ranks 17th in blocks allowed per game (5.3).
In its last five outings, Detroit is 1-4 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.
Los Angeles is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs over its last five games.
The Pistons’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 9.6, up from 2.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Clippers have scored an average of 113.8 points per game (1.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 108.0 points per game (0.2 below their season average).