Detroit Pistons vs. Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, NBA Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Feb 13, 2024

The Los Angeles Lakers begin a huge back-to-back Tuesday night when they host the last-place Detroit Pistons.

February 13, 2024, 10:30 PM ET
Staples Center
L.A. Lakers
Pointspread +11.5 -105
Moneyline +475
Over / Under o +243.5
Pointspread -11.5 -115
Moneyline -650
Over / Under u +243.5

At 28-26 the Lakers are currently holding down the ninth spot in the Western Conference, with games against 11th-place Utah and 10th-place Golden State looming. So, while not only would beating Detroit Tuesday start off L.A.’s week right, it’s a bit of a trap game as the team may be looking ahead to the bigger upcoming games. 

Detroit’s playing some better basketball too. Tuesday will be their fourth straight game on the road but the Pistons opened this trip with a pair of wins at Sacramento and Portland followed by a six-point loss Saturday against the L.A. Clippers.

Tuesday’s tip-off at Arena goes at 10:30 p.m. EST with the Lakers a double-digit favourite on the point spread and the total at 237.5 on the NBA odds.

Pistons vs. Lakers NBA Betting Odds

The Pistons have been dominant against the spread in the new year. Detroit’s 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall, 5-0 ATS in their last five on the road, and 7-0 ATS in their last outings against a Western Conference opponent. 

The trends get even hotter when it comes to the Pistons and Lakers squaring off. The Lakers have won six straight against Detroit with the Over hitting in all six contests. But Detroit’s covered in 10 of their last 15 times going up against the Lakers, and reminder Detroit enters Tuesday as a double-digit underdog. L.A.’s 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a Central Division opponent, while Detroit’s 1-8 outright in their last nine versus a Pacific Division opponent.

Detroit Pistons

If not for a fourth-quarter collapse against the Clippers on Saturday, Detroit would be entering this tilt on a season-long three-game win streak. But, they gave up an 11-0 run in the final quarter only to fall by six points and back in that familiar L column.

Youngsters Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren continue to have monster Februarys for the Pistons, which is a large reason to why this Pistons club is getting more competitive. Ivey’s averaging over 26 points a night this month while averaging nearly 20 field goals a game but keeping above 50 per cent shooting from the field. Duren’s been an absolute beast under the glass, racking up nearly 15 rebounds a game and over 16 points to go with them. Duren’s recorded at least 15 rebounds in three straight contests.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers average 59 first-half points per game this season (11th in the NBA). But if they come out as hot as they did Friday, they’ll be in a good spot with Tuesday’s game being the first of a back-to-back. L.A. scored 87 first-half points in their 139-122 victory over New Orleans and tied a franchise record with 51 points alone in the second quarter. All five Lakers starters had at least 12 points at the half and they nearly shot 70 per cent as a team.

L.A.’s just outside the top 10 in scoring, and again ninth in the West, but it’s nights like these and runs like their In-Season Tournament title that prove just how dangerous L.A. can be. But that’s IF they’re on their game, and that’s a big if with consistency issues looming all season.

The Lakers are getting help too, announcing guard Spencer Dinwiddie has signed with the team after starting 48 games for Brooklyn this season.

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