Los Angeles Lakers vs. Detroit Pistons Prediction, NBA Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Nov 28, 2023

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The Los Angeles Lakers are not having what one would call a great season, but they’ll be expected to handle the Pistons in Detroit on Wednesday evening.

L.A. Lakers
November 29, 2023, 7:00 PM ET
Little Caesars Arena
Pointspread -7.5 -110
Moneyline -300
Over / Under o +229.5
Pointspread +7.5 -110
Moneyline +240
Over / Under u +229.5

L.A. is facing the Pistons at the right time. They played through a hard-fought win in Cleveland over the weekend, got trounced 138-94 by the 76ers in Philly on Monday, and now benefit from a relatively easy match versus the worst team in the league. Detroit has not won since the first week of the regular season, losing 13 in a row en route to a 2-15 record.

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Lakers vs. Pistons NBA Betting Odds

If anything, this match could be an opportunity for the Lakers to improve upon their disappointing 7-11 tally ATS, as well as their weak 3-6 record away from home. This is going to sound incredible, but 14 consecutive results against the spread have flip-flopped between covers and failures. In the event that the Pistons match is a cover, and Thursday’s contest in Oklahoma City is not, the Lakers will have not experienced consecutive results through the entirety of November. A strange statistic, to say the least.

One reality appears to be very clear: don’t take the Pistons on the moneyline. A 2-15 record gives betters absolutely no reason to do so. Results ATS are where things get mildly more interesting given the 7-10 tally. Of note, they’ve covered some games against opponents that were vastly superior to them: the Bucks, the Cavaliers, the 76ers, and the Nuggets.

L.A. currently rides a five-game winning streak over the Michigan-based franchise, none of which were decided by more than seven points.

Los Angeles Lakers

Monday was another example of how topsy-turvy this year’s Lakers are. The win on Saturday in Cleveland was impressive, but they followed that up by getting their doors blown off by the 76ers 138-94.

Had the defeat suggested a valiant effort, a more positive conversation could be had. The reality was that Philadelphia was superior in virtually every facet of the game. It was another big night for one of the NBA’s burgeoning superstar duos, Joel Embiid (30 points) and Tyrese Maxey (31 points). Not only were they making shots, but their chemistry was met with minimal defensive resistance from the purple and gold. Even these days, an older LeBron James doesn’t finish with a -30 point differential. But that’s the sort of night it was.

How often do we hear that it’s important for all the starters to contribute? Well, James (18 points), Anthony Davis (17 points), Taurean Prince (11 points), and D’Angelo Russell (12 points) all hit double-digits, but it didn’t matter in the slightest.

Detroit Pistons

Here’s how things are going for the Detroit Pistons, post-hiring of coach Monty Williams. They hosted the 2-14 Washington Wizards on Monday and were steamrolled 126-107. Other than winning the battle in the paint (66-62) nothing went well.

What is there to say about the Pistons? They ranked 27th in scoring per game (109.6), 22nd in field goal efficiency, 25th in three-point efficiency, 23rd in points given up (117.7), and 19th in opposing field goal efficiency. Point guard Cade Cunningham is a nice player. He was drafted in 2021 and has already shown his abilities, scoring 22.2 points a night and adding 7.1 helpers and 3.1 boards. Jaden Ivey looked decent at times last season but isn’t making an impact this season. Centre Jalen Duran, who was drafted by Charlotte last year, is a solid rebounder, corralling 11.2 a match.

But none of this is resulting in anything remotely positive. In three of their last four games, they fell by 29, 22, and 19 points. Ironically, they lost to Denver by only four. Eight of their 15 defeats were by 10 points or more. To the Detroit Pistons fans reading this, consider that as bad as the Rockets, Pacers, and Magic have been recently, they’ve slowly started turning things around. It’s just a matter of time.

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