Oklahoma City Thunder (14-7) vs Detroit Pistons (13-7) | NBA Basketball on Monday, December 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm in Little Caesars Arena.
After ruining the return of superstar Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, the Detroit Pistons look like a team to consider in the Eastern Conference. The Detroit Pistons will try to drop the power of the Western Conference for the second time in a row and complete a six-game home stay when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday.
Detroit’s second unit has a lot of credit for its team’s game and reservists opened the game in the second quarter of Saturday’s 111-102 victory over the Warriors behind leader Ish Smith and little forward Stanley Johnson. “I only know that we play very hard and we play together,” Johnson told reporters. “It did not really matter who scored or who got the stops or anything like that, I think we managed to get the ball in the race and he played a lot for us.” The Thunder are the winners of 14 of their last 17 games and start with five of six, after being weaker than the Atlanta Hawks 124-109 on Friday to complete a four-game classroom.
TV: 7 pm ET, NBATV, FS Oklahoma, FS Detroit LINE: Thunder -2.5
Detroit Pistons vs Oklahoma City Thunder: Odds Line
The Line: Detroit Pistons +1 — Over/Under: 220.5
Detroit Pistons vs Oklahoma City Thunder: News
THE THUNDER (14-7):
Oklahoma City also depends on its depth and scored three points at least 13 points on Friday, while goalkeeper Alex Abrines started and buried 7 of 11 over 3 on the beach. Then the Thunder finished with 30 assists in 46 goals in the easy win and shot 52.3% of the field. “The guys just want to get involved and play in the right direction,” reserve striker Noël Neale told reporters, scoring 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting in 16 minutes. “You really want everyone to be on the same wavelength and everyone is active and creates groups when they are important.”
THE PISTONS (13-7):
Detroit coach Dwane Casey has created a powerful bank as head coach of the Toronto Raptors. He does the same with the Pistons by encouraging each player to play his role. “It’s so important for men to understand their role, to play, to accept the role, to take charge of it and play the role of MVP in their role, I think it’s so important,” Casey told reporters. journalists. “To understand that it’s a team game, it’s not about a player, everyone has to do their job, be it filtering, spacing, passing the ball, defending, anything, however, make sure you do your work for every possession. ” Johnson becomes the key player in the bank by protecting the best players from the opposing team’s perimeter and averaging 9.9 points in 23.6 minutes.
Detroit Pistons vs Oklahoma City Thunder: Betting Lines
- Pistons C André Drummond scored a double-double in 17 of the first 20 games and averaged 18.6 points and 16.4 rebounds.
- SG Thunder, André Roberson, suffered a setback on his return from knee surgery and expected to lose another six weeks.
- The visiting team participated in the two games last season, with Oklahoma City winning a 121-108 victory in Detroit.
Detroit Pistons vs Oklahoma City Thunder: Prediction
Pistons 109, Thunder 107