- The LA Clippers host the Detroit Pistons in a Friday afternoon affair at Staples Center
- Detroit has lost four straight games
- The odds and matchups can be found below with a prediction
The Detroit Pistons are just trying to find a win — they’ve lost four in a row.
The LA Clippers are just tinkering, looking for winning combinations while they await the return of Kawhi Leonard. After a solid start, they’ve dropped three of four.
The two meet Friday, in an afternoon tilt at Staples Center with tip-off going at 3:30pm ET.
You can watch the game on NBA League Pass, as the Clips are heavy 11.5-point favorites in this one.
Pistons vs Clippers Odds
|Detroit Pistons||+525||+11.5 (-110)||Ov 206.5 (-109)|
|Los Angeles Clippers||-770||-11.5 (-110)||Un 206.5 (-113)|
Odds as of Nov 25 at Barstool Sportsbook
Clippers’ Recent Results
The Clippers are coming off a 112-104 OT loss last time out to the Dallas Mavericks, as the two teams split their mini 2-game set in LA.
Dallas was supercharged with the return of injured star Luka Doncic, who paired with Kristaps Porzingis for 56 points combined in the win. Still, Paul George was stellar in defeat, leading the charge down 102-92 in the fourth quarter to push the game to overtime.
PAUL GEORGE UNBELIEVABLE pic.twitter.com/TzydaQzwyy
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) November 24, 2021
With Leonard still recovering from ACL surgery from a knee injury he suffered in the playoffs, the Clips are currently George’s team, and he’s doing just fine with that burden.
PG has flashed the MVP form he had when he finished top-5 in that category with OKC. He’s scoring 26.4 points per game, which ranks fourth in the NBA, while grabbing 7.8 rebounds and dishing 5.3 assists.
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) November 24, 2021
Lacking a co-superstar certainly does affect the bottom line though, as LA is just 21st in the NBA in scoring. Reggie Jackson is the second-leading scorer at 18.3 points per game, but then Ivica Zubac is a distant third at 10.2 points.
Starting guard Eric Bledsoe has hit the skids as of late. He’s posting just 5.2 points on 36.7% shooting over the last five games.
Pistons Not Firing
Detroit has the makings of a nice roster going forward, but they’re currently in the losing and learning phase of the project.
There are flashes: the Pistons had double-digit, second half leads against the LA Lakers and Heat, only to crumble and fall. Their most recent outing was the second of a back-to-back off the Miami L, and they were not prepared, falling behind 14-0 to and getting blown out 114-93 by the Milwaukee Bucks.
— NBAIndia (@NBAIndia) November 25, 2021
This season will continue to be about the development of top pick Cade Cunningham, who has not looked out of place since making his debut at the end of October.
He’s averaging 13.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists, and like all rooks, is struggling to find the range. Cunningham is shooting 33.9% from the field and 25% from three, and his team has seen just three wins across his 12 starts.
Cade Cunningham becomes youngest player in Pistons history to put up a TRIPLE-DOUBLE 💪
8th-youngest in NBA HISTORY 🔥 pic.twitter.com/x9Ogx5hwvV
— Overtime (@overtime) November 22, 2021
Finding consistency will be key. Coming off a 13-point, 12-assist 10-rebound against the Lakers — his first career triple-double — he’s scored just 15 points and shot 5-for-20 the last two games.
This game will mark the return of big man Isaiah Stewart, who finished serving a 2-game suspension after his altercation with LeBron James.
Detroit vs LA Trends
The Clippers have been getting it done on the defensive side, allowing just 102.9 points a night, the 4th-best mark in the NBA. They’re top 10 in both field goal and three-point shooting percentage allowed.
— NBA (@NBA) November 24, 2021
It’s a different story for the visitors, who are ranked 20th in opposition scoring. Detroit allows 108.1 points per game, but they are allowing teams to shoot 48% against them (last), while surrendering 39% from downtown, which is 29th in the league.
Detroit is also the lowest scoring team in basketball, at 98 points a night. They’re only one of two teams to average less than 100 points per game on the season.
Cade Cunningham's last 7 games:
16.4 PTS, 6.1 REB, 4.3 AST, 2.4 3PT, 1.4 STLpic.twitter.com/5XetrMbOpw
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) November 18, 2021
One of the Pistons’ strengths is converting turnovers into points. They are tied with the Lakers at 18.4 points per night, while the Clips are in the bottom half of turnovers per game, at 14.7.
LA is 9-9 ATS on the season, but they are a strong 8-4 SU at home on the season. Detroit is 8-10 ATS on the year, and 3-5 ATS on the road.
Pistons vs Clippers Pick
The Clippers look primed to get right after dropping three of their last four against a Pistons squad that struggles to score and defend.
It’s an absolutely brutal stretch for the Pistons, who have lost to Golden State, the Lakers, Miami and Milwaukee, and have the Clippers, Lakers, Trail Blazers and Suns on tap. Considering the teams involved, this might be their best chance to scoop a win.
Still, LA at home is stronger than that massive spread.
The Pick: Clippers -11.5 (-110)