Los Angeles Lakers vs Detroit Pistons Prediction, 1/28/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Detroit Pistons
Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-10.5)
The Detroit Pistons (4-13) host the Los Angeles Lakers (14-4) at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday. The line on this game has Los Angeles as 10.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 224.
The Los Angeles Lakers faced off with the Cleveland Cavaliers and went home with a win by a final score of 115-108 in their last contest. Los Angeles finished the game with a 48.3% FG percentage (42 of 87) and made 10 out of their 32 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Lakers buried 21 of their 28 tries for a rate of 75.0%. When talking about getting rebounds, they earned 40 with 15 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 21 assists in this game in addition to having 7 steals and 7 rejections. In reference to defending, Los Angeles allowed their opponent to shoot 46.5% from the floor on 40 of 86 shooting. Cleveland earned 19 dimes and had 8 steals in the matchup. In addition, the Cavaliers had 44 rebounds (15 offensive, 29 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Cleveland finished the game at 86.4% at the free throw line by making 19 of their 22 tries. They made 9 out of their 21 shots from three-point range.
LeBron James is a guy who played a role for the contest. He finished with 46 points on 19 of 26 shooting. He played 38:07 mins and also collected 8 boards. James went 73.1% from the field and earned 6 dimes. Another guy that was a major contributor in the game for the Lakers was Anthony Davis. He pulled down 10 boards and accumulated 4 dimes. He shot 31.3% from the field in this game by hitting 5-of-16 (17 points). When all was said and done, Davis played 35:38 min.
Los Angeles enters this game with a record of 14-4 so far this season. They are losing possession via turnover 15.1 times per contest and as a group they are committing 18.6 fouls per game. As a team, Los Angeles is collecting 47.2 rebounds per game and is sitting with 449 assists this year, which has them ranked 4th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Lakers are hitting 38.9% on shots beyond the perimeter (220 of 566) and 75.9% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 114.3 pts per contest (7th in the league) while hitting 48.4% from the field. Defensively, the Lakers are forcing 14.2 turnovers per game while drawing 21.1 fouls. The Lakers defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 44.7% (256 of 380) and they concede 41.9 rebounds per game as a unit. They are 22nd in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 427 relinquished for the year. They are giving up 34.0% on 3-point shots and they rank 2nd in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (104.5).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Detroit Pistons walked away with a victory by a final of 119-104 when they faced the Philadelphia 76ers. The Pistons snagged 36 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 47 in this contest. They blocked 6 shots while earning 6 steals in this contest. The 76ers committed 26 fouls for this game which got the Pistons to the free throw line for a total of 38 attempts. They were able to make 32 of them for a clip of 84.2%. Regarding shots from distance, Detroit made 17 of 38 tries (44.7%). Overall, the Pistons shot 35 out of 70 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 50.0%. The Pistons allowed the 76ers to convert 40 of 94 attempts from the field which had them shooting 42.6% for this game. They finished shooting 32.1% from downtown by hitting 9 of 28 and finished the contest at 15 out of 20 at the charity stripe (75.0%). Regarding cleaning the glass, Detroit permitted Philadelphia to get 36 in all (13 on the offensive side).
Delon Wright ended up being a factor for the Pistons in this game. He converted 8 out of 12 for this game giving him a rate of 66.7%, which had him sitting at 28 points. Wright snagged 7 boards in his 36:00 minutes of time on the hardwood and had 9 assists in this matchup. Another guy that was pivotal for Detroit was Jerami Grant. He totaled 25 points in his 32:21 mins on the court via 6 of 13 shooting in the matchup. Grant walked away from this one going 46.2% from the floor as well as earning 5 assists and 8 rebounds.
Detroit has a mark of 4-13 for the campaign. In terms of offensive execution, the Pistons are connecting on 42.8% from the field, which is 30th in the league. Detroit has scored 1,862 pts for the campaign (109.5 per game) and they grab 43.7 rebounds per contest. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 23.8 times per game (22nd in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.6 times per contest. The Pistons are committing 21.4 fouls every game and they shoot 78.3% from the charity stripe. The Pistons on the defensive side of the court are 22nd in the league in PPG surrendered with 113.0. They have surrendered 24.8 dimes and 46.6 rebounds per game, which is ranked 17th and 24th in basketball. The Detroit defense concedes 38.1% on 3-point attempts (225 of 591) and opponents are knocking down 73.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing 16.4 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 47.9% from the floor (27th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Detroit (+10.5)
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