Pistons Vs Thunder: NBA Betting Preview, Tips And Picks – April 16, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on April 16, 2021

The Detroit Pistons (16-39) will look to stop a three-game losing streak when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-35) at 7:00 PM ET on Friday, April 16, 2021 as 2.5-point favorites. The Thunder have lost eight games in a row. The over/under is set at 215.5 in the matchup.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from DraftKings sportsbook as of April 16, 2021, 7:05 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Pistons vs Thunder Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of April 16

Rodney McGruder: Day To Day (Elbow),
Cory Joseph: Out (Ankle),
Wayne Ellington: Out (Rest),
Dennis Smith Jr.: Out (Knee),
Jerami Grant: Out (Rest),
Mason Plumlee: Out (Rest)

Gabriel Deck: Day To Day (Not With Team),
Mike Muscala: Day To Day (Ankle),
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: Day To Day (Foot),
Aleksej Pokusevski: Out (Arm),
Josh Hall: Out (Knee)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Pistons (-2.5)
Total Pick Over (215.5)
Prediction Pistons 114, Thunder 106

Our computers expect the same result as DraftKings, but have the Pistons winning by a considerably more robust margin (8.0 points). Take the Pistons.

The model projects a total 3.8 points higher than the one set by DraftKings for this game.

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Pistons Key Players

Jerami Grant 49 22.6 4.8 2.9 0.7 1.1 2.2
Josh Jackson 50 13.0 4.1 2.1 0.9 0.7 1.3
Hamidou Diallo 42 11.4 5.0 2.1 0.9 0.5 0.5
Saddiq Bey 53 11.3 4.0 1.2 0.7 0.1 2.3
Mason Plumlee 51 10.3 9.1 3.5 0.8 0.9 0.0

Pistons Player Props

  • Jerami Grant’s PRA prop total for the contest is set at 29.5, 0.7 less than his season average of 30.2.
  • Mason Plumlee’s PRA prop total for the game is set at 19.5, 3.4 less than his season average of 22.9.
  • Wayne Ellington’s three pointers made prop total for the game is set at 1.5, 1.0 shot less than his season average of 2.5.
  • Grant’s blocks prop total for the contest is set at 1.5, 0.4 blocks higher than his season average of 1.1.

Thunder Key Players

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 35 23.7 4.8 5.9 0.8 0.7 2.0
Al Horford 28 14.2 6.7 3.4 0.9 0.9 2.0
Luguentz Dort 43 13.3 3.6 1.6 0.9 0.4 2.1
Darius Bazley 39 12.1 7.4 1.5 0.5 0.6 1.5
Ty Jerome 22 10.0 2.9 3.5 0.5 0.2 2.1

Thunder Player Props

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s points prop total for the game is set at 20.5, 3.2 points lower than his season average of 23.7.
  • Moses Brown’s PRA prop total for the contest is set at 17.5, 0.4 lower than his season average of 17.9.
  • Ty Jerome’s three pointers made prop over/under for the contest is set at 1.5, 0.6 shots less than his season average of 2.1.
  • Theo Maledon’s steals prop total for the game is set at 0.5, 0.4 steals less than his season average of 0.9.

Shooting Trends

  • The Pistons make 44.9% of their shots from the field this season, which is 2.1 percentage points lower than the Thunder have allowed to their opponents (47%).
  • In games Detroit shoots higher than 47% from the field, it is 14-4 against the spread and 10-9 overall.
  • Oklahoma City has an 11-7-1 record against the spread and a 9-10 record overall when allowing its opponents to knock down more than 44.9% of their shots from the field.
  • The Thunder are shooting 44.5% from the field, 3.3% lower than the 47.8% the Pistons’ opponents have shot this season.
  • Oklahoma City has put together a 6-4 record against the spread and a 6-4 straight up record in games it shoots higher than 47.8% from the field.
  • This season, Detroit has a 12-6-1 record against the spread and an 11-9 straight up record when it allows opponents to shoot over 44.5% from the field.
  • The Pistons’ 35.7% three-point shooting percentage this season is just 0.1 percentage points lower than opponents of the Thunder have shot from beyond the arc (35.8%).
  • Detroit has an 18-6 record against the spread and a 12-13 record overall when the team connects on more than 35.8% of its three-point attempts.
  • Oklahoma City has put up an 18-12 against the spread while going 14-16 overall in games this season when its opponents shoot better than 35.7% from deep.
  • The Thunder are making 34.8% of their shots from deep, which is just 2.6 percentage points fewer than the 37.4% the Pistons’ opponents are averaging on the season.
  • Oklahoma City has a 14-8-1 ATS record and is 12-11 straight-up when the team hits more than 37.4% of its three-point attempts.
  • Detroit has a 14-7-1 ATS record and a 12-12 straight-up record in games this season it has shot better than 34.8% from three-point range.
  • The Pistons connect on 12 three-pointers per game this season, only 0.5 fewer makes per game than the Thunder give up 12.5.
  • Oklahoma City has gone 16-8 against the spread and 14-10 overall this season in games it has out-shot its opponents from the three-point line. When Detroit hits fewer three-pointers than its opponents, it is 6-13-1 ATS and 2-18 straight up.
  • The Pistons are the 20th-best three-point shooting team in the NBA, while the Thunder allow the 24th-fewest makes from deep.

Pistons vs Thunder Stat Rankings

Pistons Rank Pistons AVG Thunder AVG Thunder Rank
25th 107.7 Points Scored 105.3 28th
14th 111.4 Points Allowed 114.3 23rd
22nd 42.4 Rebounds 45.1 8th
15th 9.9 Off. Rebounds 9.1 24th
20th 12 3pt Made 12.5 16th
16th 24.5 Assists 22.3 27th
21st 13.8 Turnovers 14.8 28th

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