The Pistons are in a tailspin. The have lost 9 of its last 11 games to fall well below the .500 mark. If they don’t turn the corner soon, there’s plenty of talent on this team that could be used as trade bait in an attempt to reposition for next season. The offense, despite the best efforts of Blake Griffin, has fallen on hard times. They are currently 23rd in the league in scoring at 107 PPG and a dismal 29th in the league in FG percentage at 43.5%. The defense has been OK, giving up just under 110 PPG. The aforementioned Griffin leads the team in scoring with 25.1 PPG to go with his team leading assist average of 5.3 APG. C Andre Drummond leads the NBA in rebounding by a large margin at 14.9 RPG.
The Clippers are coming off a 121-100 blowout loss to the Denver Nuggets in Denver. It was the team’s lowest offensive output since a 125-87 loss to San Antonio in mid-December. The Clippers are 7-4 over its last 11 games. However, a 5-5 home record over its last 10 games at home is a little troubling. The offense is playing well around a solid band of role players. They are 4th in the league in scoring at 116 PPG and rank 8th in FG percentage at 47.4%. The team’s leading scorers are Tobias Harris (21.0 PPG), Danilo Gallinari (19.5) and the league’s best 6th man in Lou Williams (18.5 PPG). Williams also leads the team in assists with
Prediction: The big difference in this game is the Clippers know how to put the ball in the basket and the Pistons’ offense seems to have lost its way. While the Clippers have been struggling at home, the Pistons don’t look poised to take advantage of any possible weakness the Clippers may have. The Clippers just have too much firepower and will be looking to atone after a bad last-out loss. Play Los Angeles -7 (score – Los Angeles 122-104)