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Pistons vs. Clippers line, picks: Advanced computer NBA model releases selections for Friday afternoon matchup

SportsLine's projection model generated selections for Friday's matchup between the Detroit Pistons and the L.A. Clippers
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The Detroit Pistons visit the L.A. Clippers for a matinee matchup at 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday. L.A. is favored by 11.5 points at Caesars Sportsbook, while the Over-Under is set at 205.5 (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our NBA odds page). 

Before making any Pistons vs. Clippers picks, you NEED to check out the NBA predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $9,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters Week 6 of the 2021-22 NBA season up over $1,200 on all top-rated NBA picks this season. It's also on a stunning 115-76 roll on top-rated NBA picks against the spread that dates back to last season. Anyone following it has seen HUGE returns.

The model knows the Pistons create a ton of turnovers. Detroit is forcing 16.7 giveaways per game, No. 3 in the NBA, and the Pistons are No. 8 in the NBA in averaging 8.6 steals per game. The Pistons are also in the top 10 in 3-point attempt rate allowed on defense, and the Clippers rank in the bottom five in offensive rebound rate and free-throw creation. On the other end, the Pistons are above-average in offensive rebound rate and free throw creation rate, with the Clippers deploying a below-average defensive rebounding unit.

The model also knows the Clippers are playing exceptionally well on defense. L.A. is allowing only 102.5 points per 100 possessions this season, landing in the top three of the NBA, and the Clippers are the best team in the league at limiting free-throw attempts for opponents. L.A. is allowing only 21.6 assists per game, and the Clippers are forcing a turnover on more than 15 percent of defensive possessions. Given that the Clippers are also a top-tier shooting team on the other end and they will be playing at home, there is an easy path to optimism.

Now, it has set its sights on Pistons vs. Clippers. We can tell you the model is leaning under the total, and it also says one side of the spread hits in almost 70 percent of simulations! You ABSOLUTELY need to see it before locking in any NBA picks.

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