Detroit Pistons vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 4/5/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Detroit Pistons vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Monday, April 5, 2021
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Bally Sports OK
Odds/Point Spread: Detroit (-2)
The Oklahoma City Thunder (20-29) host the Detroit Pistons (14-35) at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Monday. Oklahoma City opens this contest as 2-point dogs. The over/under is set at 211.
The Detroit Pistons stepped onto the hardwood against the New York Knicks and took a loss by a final of 125-81 in their last contest. Detroit ended the contest having earned a 35.4% FG percentage (29 of 82) and buried 9 out of their 28 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the Pistons made 14 of their 20 shots for a rate of 70.0%. With respect to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 43 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 20 assists for the contest in addition to forcing 7 turnovers and earning 4 steals. When it comes to defense, Detroit let their opponent shoot 54.4% from the floor on 43 of 79 shooting. New York doled out 31 dimes and had 12 steals in this contest. Moreover, New York pulled down 44 rebounds (7 offensive, 37 defensive) and added 4 rejections. New York shot 74.1% from the charity stripe by converting 20 of their 27 attempts. They converted 19 out of their 39 attempts from 3-point land.
Jerami Grant is a player who was a factor in this game. He accumulated 16 points on 5 out of 13 shooting. He saw the court for 32:01 mins played and snagged 4 rebounds. Grant shot 38.5% from the floor and dished out 2 assists. One more player that was a major factor in the matchup for the Pistons was Mason Plumlee. He snagged 10 rebounds in his 21:17 minutes played on the night. He finished shooting 75.0% from the floor in this game by connecting on 3-of-4 (9 points). When all was said and done, Plumlee tallied 1 assist.
Detroit enters this one with a record of 14-35 for the campaign. The Pistons are connecting on 35.3% on shots from downtown (593 of 1,682) and 76.9% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 106.8 pts per game (25th in basketball) while hitting 44.3% from the field. They are giving up possession 14.7 times per game and as a squad are committing 20.6 fouls per game. As a unit, Detroit is collecting 42.7 boards per game and has accounted for 1,192 assists so far this season, which ranks 18th in the NBA in terms of passing. On defense, the Pistons are forcing 14.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.7 fouls. The Pistons are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 47.7% (712 of 1,014) and they concede 44.3 boards per game as a team. They are currently ranked 18th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,220 relinquished on the year. They are giving up 37.6% on shots from downtown and they rank 10th in the league in PPG from their opponents (110.9).
The last time they took the court, the Oklahoma City Thunder took a defeat with a final score of 133-85 against the Portland Blazers. The Thunder snagged 34 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive boards for a total of 46 for this game. They gave up possession of the ball 22 times, while getting 4 steals for the matchup. The Blazers committed 18 personal fouls for the contest which took the Thunder to the free throw line for a total of 24 attempts. They were able to make 17 of them for a clip of 70.8%. In regard to 3-point shots, Oklahoma City buried 8 of their 34 tries (23.5%). When the game finished, the Thunder finished 30 out of 85 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 35.3%. The Thunder permitted the Blazers to convert 51 of 104 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 49.0% in this game. They finished 43.5% from distance by shooting 20 of 46 and finished the game at 11 of 14 at the free throw line (78.6%). In relation to how they attacked the glass, Oklahoma City permitted Portland to get 56 in total (15 on the offensive side).
Moses Brown ended up being important for the Thunder for the matchup. He converted 4 out of 7 in this game for a field goal percentage of 57.1%, and had 14 rebounds. Brown tallied 10 points in his 23:04 mins on the court, but didn't get an assist. One more player that was pivotal for Oklahoma City was Aleksej Pokusevski. He wrapped the game up with 4 assists in 30:55 mins on the hardwood, and he knocked down 3 out of 13 from the floor. Pokusevski walked away from this one going 23.1% from the floor as well as totaling 8 points and 2 rebounds.
Oklahoma City has a win-loss record of 20-29 so far this season. Oklahoma City has earned 5,182 pts so far this year (105.8 per game) and they pull down 45.0 boards per game. The Thunder commit 17.8 fouls per contest and they go 73.6% from the free throw line. When it comes to executing on offense, the Thunder are hitting on 44.6% from the floor, which is 26th in basketball. Their rate of earning assists is at 22.4 times per contest (27th in the NBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 15.2 times per contest. The Thunder are ranked 20th in the league in points given up per game with 113.1. The Oklahoma City defense concedes 35.4% on three-point shots (636 of 1,797) and their opposition knocks down 76.2% of their foul shots. They have conceded 24.7 dimes and 47.3 total boards per game, which has them ranked 16th and 27th in the league. They are forcing their opponents into 12.9 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.8% from the field (17th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Detroit (-2)
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