The daily preview takes it to the rim with NBA tips as the Lakers host the Pistons a week after the teams’ explosive showdown in Detroit.
13:30 (AEDT), Mon 29th Nov @ Staples Center, Los Angeles
History: Played 390: Lakers 235 V Pistons 155
Last meeting: November 21, 2021: Lakers 121 d Pistons 116 at Little Caesars Arena
Final Thoughts: The dust has barely settled on Detroit Pistons’ fiery home clash with LA Lakers last week, but the teams will lock horns again at Staples Center.
The Lakers’ 121-116 win in Detroit was overshadowed by the ejection and subsequent suspension of LeBron James and Pistons big man Isaiah Stewart. The Lakers came from 15 points down at three-quarter time to grab the win, with Anthony Davis (30 pts, 10 reb, 6 ast, 4 stl, 5 blk) stuffing the stats sheets and Russell Westbrook (26 pts, 9 reb, 10 ast) going within a whisker of a triple-double.
Jerami Grant put up 36 points and Cade Cunningham registered a triple-double for the beaten Pistons.
Patchy Lakers putting in overtime
But that was one of only two wins for the 10-11 Lakers in their last seven games. Since the Detroit flashpoint, they have bookended an overtime victory over the Pacers – where James scored 39 points – with a loss to the Knicks and a triple-overtime defeat to the Kings.
LeBron (30 pts, 7 reb, 11 ast) and Westbrook (29 pts, 10 reb, 11 ast) posted impressive numbers against the Kings, but the Lakers were unable to close it out after getting out to multiple overtime leads.
The 4-15 Pistons, second-last in the East, are currently on a five-game losing run. In the past week they have gone down to the Heat (100-92), Bucks (114-93) and Clippers (107-96).
The Lakers are 7-6 at home this season and just 4-9 against the line. Their 7-14 overall cover record is the NBA’s worst. The Pistons are 2-7 on the road but 4-5 ATS, and 9-10 against the start overall.
There’s no comparison between the teams talent-wise. But the Lakers’ scratchy form makes it tough to back them to cover a double-digit line with confidence.
Best Bet: Handicap – Pistons +10.5 @ $1.87
Same Game Multi: Total – Under 216.5; To Score 20+ Points – Anthony Davis; To Score 20+ Points – Jerami Grant; To Record 10+ Assists – Russell Westbrook @ $11.83
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