The Los Angeles Clippers (24-17, 14-6 home) host the Detroit Pistons (17-23, 6-13 away) on Saturday, January 12th at 3:30 p.m. EST at Staples Center.
This is the first time in 2018-19 these two squads have met, but both clubs have been busy lately.
The Clippers are coming off of a 121-100 loss vs the Nuggets in Denver in which they were 6 for 24 from deep were out-rebounded 59-50. The Pistons, meanwhile, are fresh off a 102-112 loss versus the Kings in Sacramento in which they dished out 22 assists and had 13 steals. Stanley Johnson led the way with 16 points.
All told, the Pistons have won two of their last ten games and are ninth in the Eastern Conference, while the Clippers have lost four of their previous ten and are fifth in the Western Conference.
Detroit enters this game ranked 16th in the NBA in defensive rating. They’re giving up 109.8 points per game and are 12th in field goals allowed and first in three-pointers allowed. Offensively, they’re averaging 106.9 points and are 11th in rebounds and 25th in assists. Many of their most memorable moments have been courtesy of Blake Griffin, who is putting up 25.1 points per contest on 45.0% shooting.
On the flip side, Los Angeles is ranked 7th in offense rating. The Clippers are averaging 115.6 points per game on 45.0% shooting and are 12th in rebounds and 22nd in assists.
They’ve been paced this year by Tobias Harris, who is tops on the Clippers with 21.0 points per game on 49.0% shooting, and Danilo Gallinari, who is chipping in 19.4 points per game. The Pistons will have their hands full with both players tonight.
Defensively, the Clippers are giving up 114.3 points per game and are 20th in field goals allowed and 11th in three-pointers surrendered. Opponents are shooting 45.0% from the floor and 35.0% from beyond the arc against them this year.
The Clippers opened as 7.0-point favorites for this game, with a game total of 221. That’s a generous point spread, so proceed with caution if you’re thinking of letting it all ride on the Clippers. Detroit is 17-22-1 against the spread this season and 19-21-0 over/under, compared to 24-17-0 ATS and 24-17-0 over/under for Los Angeles.