The Oklahoma City Thunder (31-20) will be at home in Chesapeake Energy Arena when they challenge the Detroit Pistons (19-34). Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET on Friday, February 7, 2020, and it can be seen on Fox Sports – Detroit.
Detroit Pistons at Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Preview
The Pistons were victorious over the Phoenix Suns in their last game, 116-108, despite being 3-point underdogs. Andre Drummond was the game’s leading scorer with 31 points on 14-for-19 shooting. The Pistons had an extraordinarily low turnover percentage of 5.6 (better than their season average of 13.3) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 31.8 (above their season average of 22.6). The two teams combined to score 224 points, which came in over the projected point total of 217.
The last time the Thunder played, they knocked off the Cleveland Cavaliers, 109-103, but they failed to cover as 13.5-point favorites. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was a key piece for Oklahoma City with 23 points and 10 rebounds. The Thunder knocked down 24 of their 30 free throws (80.0 percent), while the Cavaliers had a turnover percentage of 16.8 (above the 12.0 mark opponents have averaged against Oklahoma City this season). The two clubs combined to score 212 points, which finished under the O/U total of 222.
Half-court execution will be at a premium when a pair of the league’s slowest-paced teams clash. Oklahoma City ranks 22nd in possessions per game (101.0) and Detroit is 21st (101.2).
Of Detroit’s 53 games, 33 have finished over the O/U total, while 28 of Oklahoma City’s 51 games have finished under the projected point total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Thunder have a sizable advantage. They are 31-20 SU and 33-17-1 ATS, while the Pistons are 19-34 SU and 19-32-2 ATS.
This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year, after the Thunder won both matchups last season. In the last contest, Oklahoma City won 123-110. Oklahoma City won the rebounding battle. The Thunder had 21 offensive rebounds and 59 total rebounds, while the Pistons had four and 32, respectively.
Detroit Pistons at Oklahoma City Thunder Free Prediction
Free NBA Pick: SU Winner – Pistons, ATS Winner – Pistons, O/U – Over
The Pistons rank sixth in points in the paint per game (49.8) while the Thunder rank 22nd in points allowed in the paint per game (49.5).
Detroit ranks 19th in three pointers attempted per game (31.6) while Oklahoma City ranks 27th (29.9).
Oklahoma City ranks first in fast break points allowed per game (10.7) while Detroit ranks 15th (12.9).
Oklahoma City is 13-12-1 ATS at home, while Detroit is 8-15-2 ATS on the road.
The total has gone over in 13 of the Thunder’s 26 home games, while 13 of the Pistons’ 25 road games have gone over.
Detroit is 4-1 when they allow below 100 points, while Oklahoma City is 7-3.
In games where they reach the century mark, the Pistons are 18-24 and the Thunder are 30-12.
The Pistons rank 14th in assists per game (24.3) while the Thunder rank 26th (22.1).
Oklahoma City ranks fourth in blocks allowed per game (4.2) while Detroit ranks 26th (5.7).
The Pistons rank 11th in second chance points per game (13.4) while the Thunder rank 29th (10.6).
The Thunder rank 23rd in rebounds per game (43.3) while the Pistons rank 27th (42.5).
Oklahoma City ranks third in steals allowed per game (6.8) while Detroit ranks 19th (8.0).
Oklahoma City is 3-2 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over in its last five games.
Across its last five outings, Detroit is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Thunder’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.8, up from 2.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Pistons have scored an average of 106.6 points per game (2.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 111.4 points per game (0.1 above their season average).