|-3 DET (-106) @ pinnacle|
9* Take Detroit (#515)
The Pistons are playing zig-zag basketball these days; unable to string together two consecutive strong showings, but more than capable of bouncing back strong off an ugly loss, like the one they suffered against the Knicks over the weekend. Detroit was truly a ‘no-show’ in that game, down 24 in the first quarter. They’re 7-2 ATS coming off a loss since the All Star Break, and there’s a sense of urgency tonight against an opponent they know they can beat. Head coach Dwayne Casey: “As a team, we’ve got to decide who we want to be – do we want to be team full of guys trying to get our numbers? I’ve got to coach better and get them ready.” It’s surely worth noting that Detroit has only been favored once since January, not ‘chalk’ very often. The Pistons won that game by 29 points.
OKC is hopeless; a D-League roster on an NBA squad; just playing out the string for ping-pong balls in the lottery. They’ve lost their veteran presence with Al Horford sitting and both Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Lu Dort hurt – their top three leading scorers. For most of the season, the effort has been there for the Thunder, but this team has been letting go of the rope and losing contact repeatedly in recent weeks. They’ve lost eight games since the All Star Break, seven of them by 17 points or more. And with a 9-15 ATS mark at home for the season, it’s not like OKC is enjoying much of a home court advantage these days. Road chalk worth laying. Take the Pistons.
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