Friday, January 28 2022

For Monday night’s interconference contest, the Oklahoma City Thunder (6-16) are preparing to play the Detroit Pistons (4-18) at Little Caesars Arena. Can Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Thunder end their eight-game skid and pick up their first win versus the Pistons since Mar. 4, 2020? 

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Detroit Pistons news

Furthermore, for tonight’s low-tier matchup, the struggling Thunder are 13-9 against the spread in the 2021-22 NBA season, while the Pistons are 11-11 against the spread. This game will air live at 7 p.m. ET via Bally Sports Detroit, Bally Sports Indiana, Bally Sports Kansas City, Bally Sports Midwest, Bally Sports Oklahoma, NBA TV, Bally Sports Southwest and NBA League Pass. Retrieved from Land of Basketball’s database, these teams have played one another 141 times in the regular season all-time. Overall, Oklahoma City is 73-68 versus Detroit.

On Apr. 16, 2021, the Pistons won the previous head-to-head meeting 110-104. In other news, in the Pistons’ 114-103 road loss against the Suns last Thursday, rookie guard Cade Cunningham joined LeBron James, Ben Simmons, Alvan Adams, Julius Erving, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird as the only players in the history of the league to earn 240 points, 100 rebounds, 75 assists, 20 steals and 10 blocks through 17 career games. The first overall pick is averaging 14.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Detroit Pistons betting lines and odds

NBA Betting Picks - Oklahoma City Thunder vs Detroit Pistons preview, picks and prediction

NBA Betting Picks - Oklahoma City Thunder vs Detroit Pistons preview, picks and prediction

Sportsbook: BetUS

Over/Under: 204.5

Point spread: Pistons -4.5

Best moneyline: Thunder +260, Pistons -156

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Detroit Pistons injury report

Thunder: PG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (out)

Pistons: PG Cory Joseph (out) | C Kelly Olynyk (out six to eight weeks) | SF Isaiah Livers (out indefinitely) | SG Hamidou Diallo (out)

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Detroit Pistons preview

Moreover, in the Thunder’s historical 152-79 blowout loss versus the Grizzlies last Thursday, forward Luguentz Dort led his team in scoring, finishing with 15 points in 25 minutes played. Ty Jerome, Tre Martin and Mike Muscala each contributed 12 points as well. Oklahoma City allowed 41 points in the second and third quarters. Hands down, this was the worst defeat in NBA history.

In addition to the Grizzlies out-rebounding the Thunder 53 to 26, they outscored them 82 to 24 in the paint. This was a pitiful effort in all phases of the game. Oklahoma City also shot 25-for-76 (32.9%) from the field and 11-for-38 (28.9%) from behind the arc. Following this horrific defeat, the Thunder’s losing streak was extended to eight games. They are 4-7 at home, 2-9 away and 6-5 ATS on the road this season.

As for the Pistons, in their 114-103 away loss against the Suns on Thursday, forward Jerami Grant scored a team-high 34 points in 38 minutes of action. Rookie guard Cade Cunningham closed out his night with 19 points, 2.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 31 minutes spent on the court. While the Pistons lost another game, at least they didn’t lose by 73 points! In the opening quarter, the Suns outscored them 30 to 18.

Detroit allowed a total of 58 points in the paint, and they shot 36-for-80 (45%) from the floor  and 11-for-27 (40.7%) from three-point range. Just like the Thunder, the Pistons are also on an eight-game losing streak. Plus, Detroit is 2-1 against Oklahoma City in the team’s last three head-to-head contests. After this road loss, they are 2-10 away, 2-8 at home and 5-5 ATS at home this season.

Projected starting lineup

Thunder: PG Ty Jerome | SG Josh Giddey | SF Luguentz Dort | PF Darius Bazley | C Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

Pistons: PG Killian Hayes | SG Cade Cunningham| SF Saddiq Bey | PF Jerami Grant | C Isaiah Stewart

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Detroit Pistons prediction

Additionally, the total for tonight’s potential snoozefest is set at 204.5. Regarding the spread consensus, 52% of gamblers are expecting the Pistons to cover the spread at Little Caesars Arena. After viewing the point total consensus, 54% of gamblers are predicting the total will go under 204.5. Until now, Oklahoma City is 1-1 as a favorite, 5-15 as an underdog and 6-5 ATS away, whereas Detroit is 1-0 as a favorite, 3-18 as an underdog and 5-5 ATS at home.

For important betting trends, the Thunder are 11-5 ATS in their previous 16 performances. The total has also gone over in five of their past seven contests. Not only is the team 8-3 straight up in their last 11 games at Little Caesars Arena, they are 4-1 ATS in their previous five matches against Eastern Conference opponents. Next, the total has gone over in four of Oklahoma City’s past six contests versus Central Division opponents.

On the other side, the Pistons are 5-2 ATS in their last seven performances. Also, the total has gone under in four of Detroit’s previous six games this season. And, the total has gone under in four of the team’s past six contests. However, the total has gone over in six of their last seven matches played on a Monday, too. All things considered, pick the Pistons to win and cover the spread. Keep in mind, Giddey and Gilgeous-Alexander did not play against the Grizzlies.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Detroit Pistons betting pick

Pick the Pistons to win, they will cover the spread and the total will go over 220. Detroit is a 4.5-point favorite with BetUS.

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Source: Basketball Insider

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