NBA Picks: Thunder vs. Pistons NBA Betting Preview

Joe Freda

Friday, November 8, 2013 12:12 PM GMT

Scott Brooks’ squad heads north for Friday’s NBA betting, visiting the Detroit Pistons. What are the best NBA betting options for this hardcourt affair?

The Oklahoma City Thunder cashed their first ATS ticket with Wednesday’s 107-93 win over the Dallas Mavericks, cruising as seven-point home ‘chalk.’ 

Thunder, Durant surge past Mavs

Thunder forward Kevin Durant notched his second straight double-double in his club’s victory, finishing with team-highs of 23 points and 10 assists. Durant’s frontcourt mate Serge Ibaka came away with 13 rebounds, leading his club to edge the Mavericks in boards, 44-36.

Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook hit 10-of-20 field buckets en route to 22 points, while logging two of his side’s 10 steals. Ibaka added three blocks, with the contest’s combined 200 points sliding UNDER the ‘total’ of 210.

OKC sank 16-of-23 free throws, while Westbook and center Steven Adams were both called for technical fouls. The Thunder outscored Dallas in all four quarters, with both clubs uniting to drain 14-of-36 shots from three-point land. 

Pistons fall to Indiana 

Detroit has been idle since Tuesday’s 99-91 home defeat to the Indiana Pacers, failing to collect as a one-point favorite. The Pistons allowed Indiana to connect from the floor at a 52.1 percent clip, trailing by as many as 19 points. 

Pistons big man Greg Monroe put up 14 points en route to 10 rebounds, coming away with his third double-double in four games. Detroit’s Josh Smith united with Monroe for five blocks, while the duo’s mate Brandon Jennings notched team-highs of 17 points and six assists. 

The battle’s combined 190 points jumped above the ‘total’ of 185 ½, lifting the OVER to 2-1 in the Pistons’ three home dates. Detroit was held to a 37.9 percent night of field shooting, including a meager 5-for-25 clip beyond the arc. 

Back the OVER on Friday 

Oklahoma City opened as a 2 ½-point road favorite on Bet365’s NBA odds board, while the shop first set the ‘total’ at 196 ½. Early wagers on the Thunder and UNDER saw both numbers move a hook to three and 196, respectively. 

I am adding the OVER in this contest to Friday’s sports picks, looking for some sparks in Auburn Hills. 

Oklahoma City has notched 105 PPG in its pair of matchups with Westbrook in the lineup, picking up its momentum since last Friday’s 100-81 road setback against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Kevin Durant has topped the NBA’s scoring with 27.8 PPG, while mate Jeremy Lamb has reached double figures in two of his last three games off the bench. 

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Detroit’s sole matchup against a Western Conference foe saw the Pistons give up 51.9 percent field shooting to the Memphis Grizzlies in last Friday’s 111-108 overtime loss. Pistons mates Greg Monroe and Josh Smith have both notched 17.3 PPG, ranking the duo among the East’s leading 20 scorers. 

Andre Drummond has quietly connected a sizable 57.9 percent from the floor for Detroit, while Will Bynum (4.5 APG)and Chauncey Billups (3.5 APG) have set up their share of scoring strikes. Look for Detroit to have their share of chances, while OKC lights up the “Motor City.” 

NBA Pick: OVER 196 at Bet365