Oklahoma City Thunder vs Detroit Pistons Predictions, NBA Picks 3/4/2020
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Detroit Pistons
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City -4
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Oklahoma City Thunder (37-23, 3rd in the Northwest Division) are headed to Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the Detroit Pistons (20-42, 4th in the Central Division). The line on this contest has Oklahoma City as 4 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 224.
The Thunder cover the spread 63.3% of the time, having gone 38-22-0 ATS. Detroit is covering 39.3% of the time, going 24-37-1 against the spread.
Key Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
03/03/20 SF Danilo Gallinari Ankle is upgraded to probable Tuesday vs LA Clippers
02/24/20 SG Andre Roberson Knee is out indefinitely
02/10/20 SF Darius Bazley Thumb is out indefinitely
Key Detroit Pistons Injuries
12/26/19 SG Luke Kennard Knee is out indefinitely
03/03/20 PG Derrick Rose Ankle is out indefinitely
03/02/20 PG Bruce Brown Knee is questionable Wednesday vs Oklahoma City
03/02/20 PG Brandon Knight Knee left last game, is questionable Wednesday vs Oklahoma City
03/02/20 PF Thon Maker Ankle is questionable Wednesday vs Oklahoma City
01/06/20 PF Blake Griffin Knee is out indefinitely
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander comes into this game averaging 19.3 points per contest while playing 35.4 minutes per night this year. He grabs 6.2 rebounds per contest and distributes 3.3 assists per game. His FG percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is 80%. Chris Paul averages 17.5 points per contest in 31.7 minutes per game. He averages 6.7 assists per game and 5.0 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 49% for the season while his free throw percentage is 89%.
Tony Snell scores 8.1 points per contest while playing 27.7 minutes per game. He hauls in 1.8 rebounds per contest and has 2.1 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 100%. Langston Galloway averages 10.2 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 25.8 minutes per game. He also brings in 2.2 rebounds per game and has 1.5 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 87%.
Useful Team Statistics
Oklahoma City averages 110.8 points per contest, which is 19th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 2.4 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a unit, which has them ranked 5th. From 3-point territory they shoot 35%, which is good for 18th in the NBA. They average 43.0 boards per contest and 22.0 assists per game, which ranks them 25th and 27th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 25th with 13.5 per game. The Thunder allow 108.5 points per contest, which is 10th in the NBA. They also surrender a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 13th and 8th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 44.5 rebounds a game which ranks 13th, and they allow 23.2 assists per game which puts them in 5th place in the league. They force 14.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 9th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Detroit is 24th in the NBA with 107.7 points per contest this season. They are 17th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is -3.1. They shoot 37% from beyond the arc, which is good for 7th in the league. They are 28th in the NBA in rebounding with 42.1 boards per contest and 17th in assists per game with 24.1. The Pistons are 5th in turnovers per contest with 15.5. The Pistons give up 110.8 points per game, which ranks them 17th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 48% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 28th and 20th in those defensive statistics. They rank 20th with 24.8 dimes allowed per game and 7th with 43.5 boards surrendered per contest. The Pistons are 10th in the league in forcing turnovers with 14.0 per contest this year.
The Thunder are 13th in the NBA in offensive rating with 111.6, and their defensive rating of 109.2 is ranked 10th. In terms of pace they are 23rd in the league with 98.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 10th. As a team they are 7th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shots, ranking 25th in the league. Oklahoma City is 22nd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 20th in the league.
Detroit is 2nd in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 10th in the league. The Pistons are 20th in the NBA in offensive rating with 109.2, and their defensive rating of 112.3 is ranked 22nd. In terms of pace they are 28th in the league with 97.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 14th. As a team they are 18th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shots, ranking 15th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Thunder/Pistons NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Detroit +4
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