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NBA odds preview - Lakers vs. Pistons

Los Angeles LakersDetroit Pistons
March 6, 7:30 PM | The Palace of Auburn Hills

Los Angeles Lakers vs Detroit Pistons Odds

23-14TEAM RECORD12-26

Detroit looks to cover the Pistons-Lakers pointspread on Tuesday and improve its overall 12-26 mark when they host Los Angeles in NBA action.

The Pistons bring a 12-26 record (17-20-1 ATS) to the battle against the 23-14 Lakers, who are 18-19 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Detroit go 21-17 so far and the Lakers go 17-20.

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Betting Line:
Sportsbooks have set the Pistons as 5.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed at 185.5, but may be on the move.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Pistons at No. 29 and the Lakers at No. 5 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 95-86 result in favor of the Lakers.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Detroit's No. 28-ranked offense (89.1 PPG) against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 4 at 91.4 PPG. The Pistons have averaged 42.6% from the field per game, less than the Lakers have managed so far this season (45.3% on average).

Defensively, the Lakers feature the league's No. 14-rated defense on the road, allowing 96.1 points per game. Detroit, meanwhile, comes in at No. 26 in the league in scoring at home.

Los Angeles won its last outing, a 93-83 result against the Heat on March 4. The Lakers covered in that game as a 2.5-point underdog, while the 176 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Kobe Bryant went off for 33 points and added 3 rebounds leading Los Angeles to a 93-83 win over Miami on Sunday at STAPLES Center.

Detroit was a 100-83 loser in its last match on the road against the Grizzlies. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 183 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Pistons endured a 100-83 loss at the hands of the Grizzlies on Saturday, despite a 20-point effort from Rodney Stuckey at FedExForum.

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Washington are 7-3
After playing Miami are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

Detroit Pistons Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Atlanta are 4-6
After playing Memphis are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

A few Lakers at Pistons trends to consider:
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing on the road against Detroit
LA Lakers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
Detroit is 9-3 SU in their last 12 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Detroit's last 17 games

Next up:
LA Lakers at Washington, Wednesday, March 7
Detroit home to Atlanta, Friday, March 9

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