Los Angeles Lakers vs Detroit Pistons (By: FairPlayBet)
Lakers hosting Pistons. I like the home team in this role of small favorite. Basically, Lakers just need to win, we don't need victory with the margin.
Being without best players of course means nothing in American professional sport, at least not in short time frame. We have had chance numerous numbers of time to see how missing best player move the line heavily but the team in question still covers, very often even wins in role of underdog.
Of course, with Lakers is another story cause LeBron James is more than the best Lakers' player. He is the best player in the league and currently Lakers = LeBron.
That being said, fact this will be 8th straight game without LeBron, that's not going in favor of home team. But, I still see decent chance for LA here.
They are 2-5 in this run without James. But in fact, Lakers were much better than those 2-5 suggests. Furthermore, in some of those games they were also without Kuzma who got back last time in Dallas and Lakers defeated there Mavericks although the LA team was in the role of huge underdog. Kuzma is very important for them, especially now when James is not available.
Also, Pistons are not looking too good, especially away from home. They were successful on previous visit but overall only 6-10 for them away from home.
I trust here more to Lakers and their clearly good defense when playing in Staples Center.
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Los Angeles Lakers vs Detroit Pistons prediction
|Lakers -1.5||Pinnacle||1.87||8||113-100 WON (+6.96 units)|