Los Angeles Clippers vs Detroit Pistons
Griffin made his first appearance as an opponent at Staples Center a few days ago against the Lakers (16p, 6a, 0r) but now returns to face his former team in what will be an emotional game for him.
He is well-rested since he didn't play in Pistons' last game against the Kings (rest) thus he will have some extra responsibilities in this game and will have to carry his side offensively.
Griffin's had his best performances with 2 days of rest this season as he averages 30.5 points (44% 3P), 11.3 rebounds, and 5.2 assists in 10 games!
Gallinari (and Harris occasionally) will be the main man assigned on Griffin, he has some trouble against players that can shoot the ball from distance as he finds himself out of position and gives wide open shots quite often though, on the other hand, he can match Griffin's strength and size in the low post but foul trouble might be an issue in case Griffin decides to go full attack on him.
All in all, I can see Griffin doing some damage from beyond the arc and when he makes more than three 3-pointers he barely scores below 30 points, apart from that, Griffin averages 7.6 FT attempts per game (8th best in the league) and his ability to draw fouls and go to the line will be an issue for the Clippers who concede almost 1/5 (18%) of their total points from the stripe (4th worst in the league). The lines are perfectly adjusted but that was expected anyway.
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Los Angeles Clippers vs Detroit Pistons prediction
|Griffin Over 26.5 Points||Bet365||1.72||8||44 WON (+5.76 units)|