Detroit Pistons vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 10/30/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Detroit Pistons vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Monday, October 30, 2023
Location: Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Bally Sports Oklahoma
The Oklahoma City Thunder (2-0) will play the Detroit Pistons (2-1) at Paycom Center on Monday.
The Pistons faced the Bulls and went home with a win by a final score of 118-102 in their last game. In reference to fouls, the Pistons ended up finishing with 18 while the Bulls accumulated 20 fouls. They made 11 of 28 shots from long range. Chicago ended up shooting 81.3% at the free throw line by knocking down 13 of 16 attempts. On top of that, Chicago had 32 rebounds (12 offensive, 20 defensive) and got 4 blocks. Chicago recorded 16 assists and had 10 steals in this matchup. In the matter of defense, Detroit let their opponent shoot 41.9% from the floor on 39 out of 93 shooting. They also distributed 29 dimes in the matchup as well as forcing the other team into 8 turnovers and having 4 steals. Pertaining to hauling in rebounds, they earned a total of 53 with 15 of them being offensive. At the charity stripe, the Pistons buried 16 of their 20 shots for a rate of 80.0%. Detroit walked away from the game having earned a 52.3% field goal percentage (45 of 86) and converted 12 of their 28 three-point shots.
Cade Cunningham is a guy who had an impact for the contest. He totaled 25 points on 9 out of 19 shooting. He was on the court for 40 minutes played and also snagged 4 rebounds. Cunningham walked away from this one shooting 47.4% from the field and distributed 10 assists.
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Detroit will take the court with a win-loss record of 2-1 this year. They are averaging 110.3 pts per game (17th in basketball) while connecting on 47.4% from the floor. The Pistons are hitting 36.7% on shots from 3-point land (33 of 90) and 76.7% from the free throw line. As a team, Detroit is pulling down 54.0 boards per game and has tallied 85 assists this year, which is 1st in basketball in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession via turnover 19.3 times per contest and as a squad they commit 23.3 fouls every game.
Defensively, the Pistons are able to force 11.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.3 fouls. They rank 19th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 58 relinquished this season. The Pistons defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 39.9% (109 of 273) and they concede 40.3 boards per contest as a squad. They give up 33.3% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 4th in basketball in opponents points per game (101.3).
The last time they took the court, the Thunder walked away with a victory by a final of 108-105 when they faced the Cavaliers. When it comes to team rebounding, Oklahoma City allowed Cleveland to pull down 48 in total (8 offensive). They shot 26.7% from three-point range by connecting on 12 of 45 and finished the game at 17 out of 23 from the free throw line (73.9%). The Thunder permitted the Cavaliers to make 38 of their 92 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 41.3% for this contest. When the final whistle blew, the Thunder went 40 out of 87 from the field which had them shooting 46.0%. With respect to shots from distance, Oklahoma City knocked down 13 of their 26 attempts (50.0%). They were able to convert 15 of them for a percentage of 78.9%. The Cavaliers had 16 fouls for this game which took the Thunder to the free throw line for a total of 19 tries. They coughed it up 18 times, while getting 8 steals for this game. The Thunder were able to collect 41 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 47 in the game.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ended up being a factor for the Thunder for the game. Gilgeous-Alexander earned 34 points in his 36 mins of playing time and had 4 dimes for the contest. He made 15 out of 26 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 57.7%, and accounted for 11 rebounds.
Oklahoma City has a win-loss mark of 2-0 for the year. When it comes to offense, the Thunder are hitting on 50.3% from the floor, which is 4th in the NBA. Oklahoma City has tallied 232 points this season (116.0 per game) and they pull in 45.0 rebounds per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 26.0 times per contest (11th in the league) and they are turning it over 17.0 times per contest. The Thunder commit 18.0 fouls per game and they go 81.1% from the free throw line.
The Oklahoma City defense allows 27.6% on shots from 3-point land (24 of 87) and their opposition makes 75.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 23.0 assists and 45.0 boards per game, which ranks 9th and 10th in the NBA. The Thunder on the defensive side of the court are 7th in basketball in points allowed per contest with 104.5. They have forced 13.5 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 41.4% from the floor (8th in the NBA).
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Detroit
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