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2021 NBA Handicapping
(14-35) Detroit Pistons vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (20-29)
Date: Monday, April 5th
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: Pistons -145 | Thunder +125
NBA Betting Odds: -3
NBA Betting Total: 213
Monday, April 5th the Detroit Pistons and Oklahoma City Thunder play for the first time this season.
Both clubs have a season goal of tanking with the hopes of finishing the season with a bottom three record to increase their chances of landing the top draft pick. Detroit is on track sitting in the 28th position while OKC has work to do residing in the 23rd position.
The Thunder holds the all-time record between the squads with 73 victories in 139 meetings. Last season the teams played twice with the Thunder winning both contests.
Hamidou Diallo will face his former team since his trade on March 12th to the Pistons in exchange for Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and a 2027 second-round draft pick.
Diallo has only appeared in four games averaging 14.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.
Detroit has lost six of their last eight games and arrive on the heels of an 81-125 loss to the Knicks on Saturday. It was the worst margin of loss by the Pistons this season a game after they recorded their best margin of victory versus the Wizards (120-91).
Two Pistons were back in the rotation. Rookie Killian Hayes missed 41 games to a hip injury while Dennis Smith Jr. was back after missing five games due to a back injury. Hayes registered five rebounds and three assists while Smith added five points, three rebounds, two assists, and a steal.
Jerami Grant was the high point-getter for Detroit with 16 points while Diallo (14) and Cory Joseph (10) were the only other double-figure contributors.
Rodney McGruder is day-to-day with an elbow injury while Jahlil Okafor is out with a knee injury and no timetable for return.
Oklahoma City Thunder
After a season of overachievement, the Thunder are regressing to the mean. It was inevitable the club would lose more than win especially after most of their core was ravaged by injury.
The last two games have served as a stark example of what tanking can look like as the Thunder were blown out by 37 points to the Suns (103-140) and 48 points to the Blazers (85-133).
Moses Brown is another youngster making an impression for the Thunder. Like Luguentz Dort the season prior, Brown turned a two-way contract into a full team contract.
With OKC shutting down Al Horford for the season, Brown is starting in his place. He’s made 11 consecutive starts and is averaging a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds with 1.5 blocks
In the loss to the Blazers, he led the Thunder with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Kenrich Williams was the top scorer for OKC with 18 points.
Tony Bradley who was traded at the deadline as part of the George Hill deal had his best game with 14 points and eight rebounds.
Darius Miller added 11 points as the only other double-figure contributor.
Gilgeous-Alexander (plantar fasciitis), Dort (concussion protocol), Bazley (shoulder), Horford (shut down) are all expected to miss this game.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Thunder are 6-4 in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The Thunder are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 7-2-1 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Detroit Pistons vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
Both clubs were blown out in their prior contests and while they’ll compete the reality is they’ll be fine losing as it helps their prime objective. That said, the Pistons are playing more of their core so that should give them the edge.
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