NBA Picks: L.A. Lakers vs. Detroit Pistons

Joe Freda

Friday, November 29, 2013 1:19 PM GMT

Friday’s NBA betting has Mike D’Antoni’s club completing its present three-game road trip, visiting the Detroit Pistons.

The Los Angeles Lakers have collected with a 6-1-1 spread record in their last eight contests, piling in 103.4 PPG.

Lakers, Young hold off Nets

Los Angeles led by as many as 27 points in Wednesday’s 99-94 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, while held to 40 percent field shooting. The Lakers outscored Brooklyn in all four quarters, cashing as 2 ½-point road dogs in the second night of a back-to-back spot.

Lakers forward Nick Young notched a team-high 26 points off the bench, knocking down 8-of-16 shots from the floor. Los Angeles’ Jordan Hill and Shawne Williams united for 22 rebounds, while mate Steve Black logged 10 of his side’s 21 assists.

The battle’s combined 193 points dipped beneath the ‘total’ of 199 ½, moving the UNDER to 3-1 in the Lakers’ last four matchups. Los Angeles sank 18-of-22 free throws, while edging Brooklyn in fast break points, 20-10.

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Pistons thrashed at home

Detroit picked up its latest loss on the same night’s card, logging a 99-79 defeat as 3 ½-point home ‘chalk’ to the Chicago Bulls. The Pistons were left behind down the second half’s stretch, giving up a 23-11 run to Chicago in the fourth quarter.

Detroit’s Greg Monroe was held to a season-low five points, while coming away with two steals. Pistons  mates Josh Smith and Andre Drummond combined for 23 points and 22 boards, with Smith adding one of his squad’s four blocks.

UNDER backers collected as the matchup’s scoring dropped, with its 178 points sliding below the ‘total’ of 185. Pistons guard Brandon Jennings notched a team-high four assists, while Detroit’s three-point shooting was held to a 2-for-12 mark.

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Back the UNDER in Detroit

Detroit opened as a 5 ½-point home favorite, with early wager on Los Angeles dropping the number a ‘hook’ to five. The betting odds ‘total’ was first set at 202, remaining unchanged in mixed action.

I am adding the UNDER in this duel to Friday’s sports picks, looking for a tight battle in this spot.

Detroit has held visitors to 93.8 PPG through its last four home dates, while Andre Drummond leads the Eastern Conference in boards (11.8 RPG). The Pistons should look to bounce back in a stingy effort after Wednesday’s setback, with the UNDER cashing at 5-1 in spots following the team’s last six double-digit defeats.

Los Angeles has been held to 41.9 percent field shooting away from home, while the UNDER is 8-1 in the team’s last nine contests against foes with losing records. The Lakers have seen the UNDER collect at a 7-0-1 clip in their most recent eight visits to the “Motor City,” including February’s 98-97 victory that plunged below the ‘total’ of 201 ½.

Look for the UNDER to collect again here between these foes, adding another cashed ticket to the wager’s 3-2 mark in Los Angeles’ last five road games.

Free Pick: UNDER 202 at Ladbrokes

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