The defending champions Los Angeles Lakers travel to Motown to take on the scrappy Detroit Pistons. Diamond Sportsbook International (DSI) has the latest NBA betting odds and has posted the Lakers as eight point road favorites for this game.
After losing back-to-back games against theDenver Nuggets and the Phoenix Suns the Lakser rebounded quite nicely with a road win over the Milwaukee Bucks by the final score of 118-107. Kobe Bryant chipped in 31 points and seven rebounds and bench player Shannon Brown helped out with 21 in the winning effort. The team will have to play in back-to-back nights against the rested Pistons. The Lakers have had little trouble their last two road games against the Pistons, winning by a comfortable average of 13.5 points.
The Pistons had the night off after a game against the Golden St Warriors and will be playing at home after finishing up a four game west coast swing. The Pistons have had major problems of late with the relationship between the players and head coach John Kuester.
Kuester was challenged by point guard Rodney Stuckey when he refused to come in during a game and Kuester benched him for the next two games. In the last game against the Warriors things got so bad they became physical. Tayshaun Prince was beat defensively on back to back plays and Kuester called a time out and on the way to the bench engaged in a shouting match with Prince. Prince slammed his towel down, yelling at Kuester and walked away from the huddle. Kuester responded and had to be restrained by assistant coaches as the yelling continued. Not a very good sign for a team that is struggling on the young season.
The Lakers are 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in the last five meetings in Detroit and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. The Pistons are 0-5 ATS in their last five home games against a team with a winning road record and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games against a team with a road winning percentage of greater than .600.
Meanwhile the Lakers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game and 4-1 ATS in their last five games as a favorite of 5.0-10. The Pistons are having too many internal problems to deal with the well-oiled machine that is the LA Lakers.
The Lakers win big and cover the number.
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