- The Detroit Pistons are favored at home against the struggling Oklahoma City Thunder.
- Both Detroit and OKC are on eight-game losing streaks and are 5-5 with hitting the Over.
- Both teams average less than 100 PPG and the total is set at 206 points.
DETROIT – The Detroit Pistons are hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder and both teams are currently on an eight-game losing streak.
Due to the game taking place in Detroit, the Pistons are 5-point favorites. This is only the second game all season Detroit has been favored.
The Thunder are coming off of a 73-point loss to the Memphis Grizzlies where they only managed to score 79 points. The matchup with Detroit lends to taking the Under at legal sports betting sites.
Low Scoring Matchup
The Detroit Pistons average just 98.9 PPG and allow opponents 108.5 PPG. In a similar fashion, the Thunder average 98.1 PPG and give up 108.2 PPG. These teams are the two lowest-scoring teams in the league.
The Thunder in particular have scored just 96.7 PPG in their last 10, showing that they are trending downward in terms of points.
Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Detroit Pistons
- Thunder Moneyline: +170
- Pistons Moneyline: -200
- Spread: Pistons -5
- Totals: O/U 206
The Thunder have multiple games during this losing streak where they didn’t score Over 100 points. The Pistons have seen a similar trend, scoring over 100 points in just two of their last six matchups.
If both teams score their averages, then the matchup would end with the Under hitting. When the Over has hit in the last games for both teams it was mainly due to their opponents. Both the Thunder and Pistons are poor defensively.
Bad Defense Makes The Score Unpredictable
The Thunder have a defensive rating of 109.8 this season and the Pistons defensive rating is 110.3. The Pistons’ last high-scoring game came in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers where they scored 116. The Lakers’ defensive rating is 108.8.
OKC scored 123 against the same Lakers team earlier in the season but has not come close to scoring that many points since. The last time they faced the Lakers the Thunder managed to score 107.
Due to both teams showing that they can score well against a poor defense, the Over at NBA betting sites could end up hitting. The wager will be if two bad teams will score a lot due to poor defense or score low due to poor offense.
Things tip-off on Monday at 7 p.m. EST on NBA TV.
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