The Los Angeles Clippers continue to play winning basketball, taking eight of their last 10 games to pull into the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference, just two games back of the top-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Clippers are coming off a blowout win on Wednesday against the Washington Wizards, and they’ll play another one of the league’s worst teams – the Detroit Pistons – on the road on Friday night.
Detroit has just six wins on the season, but the team has actually covered the spread at a higher rate than you’d expect as a home underdog.
Can the Clippers pull off another big win, or will Detroit hang around with one of the league’s premier teams?
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Let’s examine the latest odds – and my best bet – for Friday night’s matchup:
Clippers vs. Pistons odds, spread and total
Clippers vs. Pistons how to watch
- Date: Friday, Feb. 2
- Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
- Venue: Little Caesars Arena
- How to watch (TV): Bally Sports Detroit, Bally Sports San Diego, Bally Sports SoCal
- Clippers record: 31-15
- Pistons record: 6-41
Clippers vs. Pistons injury reports
Clippers injury report
- Ivica Zubac – out
- Moussa Diabate – out
Pistons injury report
- Malcolm Cazalon – out
- Jared Rhoden – out
- Stanley Umude – out
- Cade Cunningham – probable
- Isaiah Stewart – out
- Mike Muscala – out
Clippers vs. Pistons key players to watch
Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard: This season, Leonard is staying healthy, and the Clippers are thriving because of it. He’s put up 30 or more points in back-to-back games, carrying the load against Washington with Paul George sitting out. Can Leonard improve upon his 23.9 points per game average against a weak Detroit defense?
Jalen Duren: This has the makings of a big game for second-year center Jalen Duren. The Pistons are expected to be without frontcourt players Mike Muscala and Isaiah Stewart, and the Clippers have been without starting center Ivica Zubac as of late due to an injury. Duren is averaging 14.0 points and 11.8 rebounds per game this season, recording a double-double in 13 of his last 18 games since returning from an injury himself. He should give the Clippers problems down low.
Clippers vs. Pistons prediction and pick
The Clippers have dominated as road favorites this season, going 10-6 against the spread and winning those games by an average margin of nearly nine points per game.
While Detroit has covered in five straight games as a double-digit underdog, I’m not buying the Pistons tonight down multiple members in the frontcourt.
The Clippers made quick work of the Wizards earlier this week, and the team has won 23 of its last 28 games, showing that it is a true Finals contender with Leonard, George, and James Harden all healthy.
Los Angeles ranks fifth in the NBA in net rating this season while Detroit clocks in at No. 29. This is a sell-high spot on the Pistons after they hung tight with a few solid teams – including an upset win over OKC last month.
Pick: Clippers -11.5 (-112)
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