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Detroit Pistons vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Predictions and Preview for 4/1/2022

Detroit Pistons takes on Oklahoma City Thunder on 4/1/2022 at 08:10 PM.

The Detroit Pistons and Oklahoma City Thunder face off in an important game for both teams. Detroit Pistons has a record of 21-56 this regular season. Oklahoma City Thunder is 22-54 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

Detroit Pistons Team Defense Preview




You should not have high expectations considering their defensive efficiency is 113.5, but relatively speaking it is still a rather average defense. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents. They are quite average in their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim. It is tougher to score at the rim against their defense than much of the NBA.

Nothing will blow you away about their ability to force live ball turnovers.

Detroit Pistons Team Offense Preview




They have a completely dreadful offense that makes announcers try to spin things positively and fans cringe. An offensive effiency rating of 105.7 can certainly do that. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. This is a team that is basically of average tempo.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .532 which is terrible. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .494, which is terrible. They attempt .387 of their shots from three point range. They take threes less often than many in the NBA. They made .325 of their shots from three point range. This team is dreadful from beyond the arc, they have shooters, but they need makers. They made .780 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are a slightly above average Free Throw shooting team.

They successfully retrieved 23.5% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

Oklahoma City Thunder Team Defense Preview

You should not have high expectations considering their defensive efficiency is 112.3, but relatively speaking it is still a rather average defense. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents. Their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim is among the best in the NBA. It is tougher to score at the rim against their defense than much of the NBA.

This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

Oklahoma City Thunder Team Offense Preview


They have a completely dreadful offense that makes announcers try to spin things positively and fans cringe. An offensive effiency rating of 104.7 can certainly do that. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. This is a team that is basically of average tempo.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .530 which is terrible. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .497, which is terrible. They attempt .422 of their shots from three point range. They fall right around average in the NBA. They made .323 of their shots from three point range. This team is dreadful from beyond the arc, they have shooters, but they need makers. They made .764 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They would be considered below average from the charity stripe.

They have an offensive rebounding rate of 21.6% this season. They are a below average rebounding team.

The Detroit Pistons Roster

The Players to Watch for Detroit Pistons

Saddiq Bey 6-7 215 SF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Cade Cunningham 6-6 220 PG

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He will be looking to cut down on his turnovers, better decision-making and more alertness on the offensive end should help. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Isaiah Stewart 6-8 250 C

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

Getting to the rim is important to him. Shooting three point shots is either a rarity or it never happens, he gets his work done in the paint. He is a below average three point shooter. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He makes an effort to get offensive rebounds, but he is not a leader in this metric.

The Oklahoma City Thunder Roster

The Players to Watch for Oklahoma City Thunder

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 6-6 180 PG

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. He is a below average three point shooter. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Darius Bazley 6-8 208 PF

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. He is a below average three point shooter. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Josh Giddey 6-8 210 SG

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. He is a below average three point shooter. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is one of the strongest distributors in the NBA. He will be looking to cut down on his turnovers, better decision-making and more alertness on the offensive end should help. On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

Detroit Pistons vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Detroit Pistons 102 Oklahoma City Thunder 103

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