Los Angeles Lakers (10-8) vs. Detroit Pistons (2-15)
As the NBA season continues to unfold, Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit Pistons are set to meet in an anticipated battle that promises to be equally engaging. With Los Angeles holding an 11-3 record while Detroit are 2-15, this Wednesday matchup at Little Caesars Arena promises an eye-catching matchup that best sportsbooks in Canada and fans alike have taken great interest in. Lakers look to cement their position while Pistons aim to revitalize their season against each other.
Los Angeles Lakers (10-8 record) have shown early signs of finding their rhythm this season, averaging 112.9 points per game with a 49.2% field goal percentage and 49.3% 3-point field goal rate on offense; 34.3% from 3-point range led by their 10 average 3-point field goals per game indicate their ability to score long distance. Defensively they remain resilient with 7.8 steals and 6.1 blocks per game but their 17.5 fouls per game indicate troublesome discipline issues may surface later in games.
Detroit Pistons have shown glimpses of promise despite their dismal 2-15 record, scoring an average of 109.8 points per game on 46.4% shooting to rank second only to the Los Angeles Lakers for offensive efficiency. Their rebounding statistics, particularly 12.6 offensive rebound per game advantage could prove crucial; however, turnovers (16.6 per game) and fouls (23.3 per game) have repeatedly proved problematic and put them at an unfair advantage over rival teams.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Detroit Pistons Game Info
|Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET
|Little Caesars Arena
|NBA League Pass
LeBron James (SF) vs. Cade Cunningham (PG)
LeBron James has proven himself an outstanding force this season for the Lakers. Averaging 25.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game – including an average turnover rate of 3.6 per game and age considerations that could make him vulnerable against other teams like Detroit.
Cade Cunningham of the Detroit Pistons has had an outstanding season so far, averaging 22 points and 7.1 assists over 16 games. His ability to orchestrate their offense and contribute significantly in scoring makes him essential; however, his 4.8 turnovers per game may present issues against a Lakers squad that prides themselves on forcing errors.
This matchup pits the wily veteran James against the young buck Cunningham. James has a significant experience edge and remains incredibly productive despite his age. Cunningham has the higher ceiling but needs to regain his footing after a slow start this season. Whoever wins this positional battle could determine which team comes out on top.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles Lakers -263, Total 230.5
The Lakers are heavy 8-point road favorites against the Pistons. LA has underwhelmed this season but catch Detroit on a 10-game skid. The Pistons also own the league’s worst ATS record at 4-10. Meanwhile, the total sits at 230.5 points. The under cashed in 5 of LA’s last 7 contests. But the over hit in 10 of Detroit’s last 15 outings. Based on the trends and matchup, the Lakers present some value on the moneyline while the point total could go either way.
Los Angeles Lakers Betting Trends
The Lakers are just 7-13 ATS this season, including 2-6 ATS in their last 8 meetings with Detroit. LA has dominated the Pistons straight up, winning 5 straight head-to-head matchups. However, the Lakers have struggled on the road, going 3-10 SU away from Crypto.com Arena. The under is 5-2 in LA’s last 7 games overall. So while the Lakers own the series history, bettors should be wary of laying this large spread on an inconsistent LA team playing away from home.
Detroit Pistons Betting Trends
Detroit has posted a 4-10 ATS record this season while going winless straight up over their last 10 contests. The Pistons have been abysmal at Little Caesars Arena with 7 straight losses on their home floor. But surprisingly, Detroit has performed well against the spread at home versus the Lakers. They are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 home games against Los Angeles. The over has also hit in 5 of the last 5 head-to-head matchups. So while the Pistons likely won’t pull off an upset, they could keep things close enough to cover the spread on their home floor.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Detroit Pistons 11/29/23 Betting Picks
The Lakers are the better overall team and should be able to leave Detroit with a victory. But the large 8-point spread combined with their road woes makes LA a risky play. The Pistons enter with zero momentum during their 10-game slide but have fared well against the number at Little Caesars Arena against the Lakers. Our daily NBA picks suggest taking the points with Detroit at home, while also playing the over based on the recent trend of high-scoring affairs in this series.