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Piston Lakers Betting Predictions – Lakers Get Off to a Rocky Start

Posted by Craig Parsons on 11/1/2012 5:30:44 PM

Detroit Pistons @ Los Angeles Lakers – Sunday November 4, 2012 9:30PM EST

The Los Angeles Lakers have this really bad habit of picking up big name players and then hoping everything just works out. The Oakland Raiders used to do the same thing and the football betting world never thought that it was a very successful approach. However, the Lakers have been able to turn hybrid rosters into championship teams for years. The difference this year is that Dwight Howard is not Shaquille O’Neal and Mike Brown is not Phil Jackson. Sometimes it really does matter what kind of player or coach is behind the name when it comes to building a championship team.

The Detroit Pistons are not what you would call a sports betting dream. Despite having some pretty good talent on the bench, the Pistons put out starters like Jason Maxiell and Brandon Knight, who do not exactly light up the scoreboard. Despite its lack of scoring strength on the front court, the Pistons still look to be a very competitive team this season and it will show some of that competitive fire when it clashes with the new and improved Los Angeles Lakers for the first time in this game. The Pistons can turn this game into an early statement that may cause the rest of the Eastern Conference to take notice.

Why the Lakers Will Win

While a roster full of superstars does not guarantee a championship season, this Lakers’ team is still way too talented to not be competitive. The Lakers got off to a bad start by losing its first game of the season and that trend may continue for a little while longer. But, eventually, the Lakers will figure out how to get Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to play nice with Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant. The problem is that it may not be enough to push the Lakers towards that last championship that Kobe wants before he retires.

Why the Pistons Will Win

The online sportsbook experts are picking the Pistons to be one of the top eight in the Eastern Conference by the end of this season and do a little damage in the playoffs as well. Detroit is still a couple of role players away from being a serious playoff contender and it is one or two key starters away from being a championship team. But there is enough in Detroit to make teams like Los Angeles have to play their “A” game to walk away with a win.

The Bottom Line

The Lakers fans will have to be patient as the team tries to develop a winning chemistry with its new players. In the meantime, there will be nights like this one where a team like Detroit will come into the Staples Center and put a loss on the Lakers.

Pick: Detroit Pistons


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