Los Angeles Lakers at Detroit Pistons - 11/21/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Los Angeles Lakers at Detroit Pistons - 11/21/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Pistons (4-11) vs Los Angeles Lakers (8-9)

Game Info: Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 6:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)

Betting Odds: Detroit Pistons +7.5 -- Over/Under: 209.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Detroit Pistons collide at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday night.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been in a funk as they’ve lost four of their past five games and they will be hoping to put an end to a three-game skid after getting thrashed by the Celtics in a 130-108 road loss on Friday. Anthony Davis led the team with 31 points, six rebounds and three blocks, LeBron James added 23 points on 10 of 16 shooting while Carmelo Anthony chipped in with 13 points off the bench. As a team, the Lakers shot 46 percent from the field and 12 of 30 from the 3-point line as they got off to a quick start with 38 points in the first quarter to take an early 14-point lead, before getting completely outplayed in the second half where they allowed the Celtics to pour in 70 points. Defense was the glaring issue as the Lakers were outrebounded by 51-33 and they were outscored at the free throw line by 31-18. Talen Horton-Tucker had a night to forget as he finished with just two points on zero of six shooting in 27 minutes.

Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons have been in decent shape recently as they’ve split their last six games, but they will be hoping to bounce back after falling just short to the red-hot Warriors in a 105-102 home loss on Friday. Frank Jackson led the team with 27 points on eight of 15 shooting off the bench while Jerami Grant and Cade Cunningham each scored 19 points. As a team, the Pistons shot just 40 percent from the field and 14 of 42 from the 3-point line as they struggled for most of the contest, falling behind by as many as 16 points before rallying in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to just three points with 33.3 seconds remaining. To be fair, the Warriors were missing their best player in Stephen Curry, but it was still good to see the Pistons push the Warriors in a close one.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last five Sunday games, 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 games against a team with a losing record and 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games overall. The Pistons are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games, 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a loss and 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games overall.

Head to head, the under is 20-8 in the last 28 meetings overall, the Lakers are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings overall and the Lakers are 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings in Detroit.

LeBron James is currently listed as questionable for this one while Anthony Davis is day to day, so the Lakers could be shorthanded in this one which is bad news for a team that is already missing so many players. The Pistons have come to life over their past six games or so and they will take plenty of confidence from their narrow defeat to the Warriors on Friday. The Lakers need a win and I think they get it done here despite their recent struggles, but they are only 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings in Detroit and I think that trend continues here as the Pistons keep it within the number.

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Peter’s Pick Detroit +7.5

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