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Pistons face Thunder: NBA odds preview

Detroit PistonsOklahoma City Thunder
March 11, 8:00 PM | Ford Center

Detroit Pistons vs Oklahoma City Thunder Odds

23-42TEAM RECORD40-23

The Thunder will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Pistons tip off at Ford Center on Friday in NBA play.

The Thunder bring a 40-23 record (32-31 ATS) to the battle against the 23-42 Pistons, who are 36-29 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Oklahoma City go 38-25 so far and the Pistons go 36-29.

View Detroit vs Oklahoma City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Oddsmakers opened the Thunder as 9-point favorites in this matchup, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting at 206.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Thunder sit at No. 11 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Pistons are at No. 26 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Thunder will win this game 103-97.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Oklahoma City's No. 5-ranked offense (104.8 PPG) against a Pistons defense that ranks No. 16 at 99.9 PPG. The Thunder have averaged 46.1% from the field per game, more than the Pistons have managed so far this season (45.1% on average).

Defensively, the Pistons feature the league's No. 11-rated defense on the road, allowing 98 points per game. Oklahoma City, meanwhile, comes in at No. 3 in the league in scoring at home.

The Pistons were a 111-104 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Spurs. They covered the 11–point spread as underdogs, while the total score (215) made winners of OVER bettors. The Pistons got 20 points from Richard Hamilton, but it was San Antonio that prevailed in a 111-104 final on Wednesday at AT&T Center.

In their last action, Oklahoma City was a 110-105 winner on the road against the 76ers. They covered the 1.5–point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (215) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Kevin Durant went off for 34 points and added 16 rebounds leading Oklahoma City to a 110-105 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center.

Detroit Pistons Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Denver are 7-3
After playing San Antonio are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Cleveland are 6-4
After playing Philadelphia are 3-7
After a win are 5-5

A few Pistons at Thunder trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games
Detroit is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games when playing Oklahoma City
Detroit is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games
Oklahoma City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Oklahoma City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Detroit

Next up:
Detroit at Denver, Saturday, March 12
Oklahoma City at Cleveland, Sunday, March 13