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Pistons @ Thunder (OKC -3, 213)

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The lowest total on the board tonight comes in this Pistons-Thunder clash featuring two teams coming off some of the worst losses in each franchise’s history. The Thunder scored just 85 points in a 133-85 loss to Portland. Not to be outdone, the Pistons lost 125-81 to the Knicks.


Neither team scores a ton of points. Detroit ranks 25th in the league in scoring (106.8 ppg) while Oklahoma City checks in at No. 27 averaging 105.8 points per game. The general lack of offense is just one of the reasons why the Under is in play in Oklahoma City tonight.


The Pistons are actually one of the better defensive clubs in the NBA. Detroit ranks 11th in scoring defense (110.9 ppg) and 14th in defensive efficiency. The Pistons held high-scoring Washington to just 91 points last Thursday and Toronto to 104 the week prior. Both games were victories for Detroit.


It’s the same for Oklahoma City which ranks 20th in scoring defense (113.1 ppg). In the Thunder’s two most recent wins, OKC held Toronto and Minnesota each to 103 points.


While both teams are decent defensively, it’s their offensive shortcomings that will take this total Under tonight. The Thunder will be without their leading scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (23.7 ppg) who is out with a foot injury. OKC will also be missing Luguentz Dort, the team’s third-leading scorer (12.6 ppg), who is out due to concussion protocol.


Minus those two scorers, look for this total to go Under the posted 213.5. It’s a low number, but hitting the Under shouldn’t surprise anyone. In the last 12 games between Detroit and OKC, the total has gone Under nine times.

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