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Pistons vs Thunder NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Detroit Pistons at Oklahoma City Thunder
- Where: Oklahoma City at Paycom Center
- Date: Wednesday, March 29th
- Betting Odds OKC -11, DET +446 | OKC -630 O/U OFF
So far, the Pistons have put together an overall record of 16-59, while going 32-42-1 vs the spread. Today, the Pistons will be looking to snap a 6 game losing streak. In these games, they have an average scoring differential of -17.17 points.
Detroit will be gunning to get in the win column vs the Thunder, as they previously lost to the Bucks by a score of 126-117. However, because they entered as 11 point underdogs, they came away with an ATS win. Detroit was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Bucks by 9 going into halftime. In the loss, Jaden Ivey led the team in scoring with 32 points on a field goal percentage of 47.4%.
The Thunder come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 37-39. So far, the team has gone 44-31-1 against the spread. In their previous 3 games, the Thunder are averaging 121 points per game while allowing 121. This has led to a record of 1-2.
The Thunder are coming off a dissappointing 137-134 loss to the Hornets. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 10 points. Oklahoma City went on to lose the game despite leading by 11 heading into halftime. In the loss, Isaiah Joe led the team in scoring with 33 points on a field goal percentage of 61.1%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Pistons picked up the win 112-103 win over the Thunder. Heading into the game, Detroit was the 2.0 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. Similar to their season-long average, the Pistons averaged 106.5 points per game vs the Thunder. Similar to the Pistons, the Thunder scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Detroit, the team averaged 107.5 points per game. In terms of betting, Detroit has an ATS record of 4-1 in the previous 5 matchups vs Oklahoma City. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +7 points per game in favor of the Pistons. The over-under record in these same games is 2-3, with the teams combining for an average of 219 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 75 games, Detroit is averaging 110.7 points per game (28th). So far, the Pistons are averaging 99.4 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. This deliberate style of basketball has played a role in the unit ranking just 28th in made shots per game.
Currently, the Pistons defense is ranked 22nd in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.55 points per game vs the unit.
Jaden Ivey is expected to play a key role in Detroit’s scoring efforts against the Oklahoma City today, as Bojan Bogdanovic is unavailable. Bogdanovic is the team’s leading scorer this season with 21.6 points per game. Ivey is 2nd in scoring for the team with 15.7 points per game, which ranks him 84.0th in the NBA. In his 67 games, he has hit 41.3% of his field goal attempts and is grabbing 3.9 rebounds per game.
The Oklahoma City offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 5th ranked offense at 117.6 points per game. So far, Oklahoma City is averaging 101.6 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Thus far, the team’s faced paced style of play has helped their overall numbers, as they are currently the 5th team in made field goals per contest.
Defensively, Oklahoma City has had its problems giving up an average of 111.83 points per game (15th).
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Gilgeous-Alexander leads the team in scoring at 31.3 points per game while Giddey is 2nd at 16.5. For the season, Gilgeous-Alexander is 9th in the NBA in usage rate and 7th in player efficiency. Behind him, Giddey has taken 15.7% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 48.9%.
Pistons vs Thunder Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Thunder -11
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF