Los Angeles Lakers vs. Detroit Pistons: Game 42 preview, odds, live stream

Los Angeles Lakers, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Photo by Brian Sevald/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Lakers return home to face the Detroit Pistons and we have all the information that you need to enjoy the game!

The Los Angeles Lakers finally got back into the win column on Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks. The Lakers snapped a three-game losing streak, defeating the Mavericks 107-97 on the second night of a back-to-back.

Los Angeles has been struggling with injuries in recent weeks. LeBron James and Rajon Rondo were both injured on Christmas Day and haven’t played since. Kyle Kuzma missed the two games prior to the contest against Dallas.

Head coach Luke Walton then challenged Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram to get aggressive and pick up the slack, and they did. Ball and Ingram were both excellent against the Mavericks and will look to continue the strong play tonight against the Detroit Pistons.

The Pistons enter the game on a cold streak. Since getting to five games over .500 after a victory against the Golden State Warriors, they have struggled mightily. Since then, they have gone 4-14.

Los Angeles will have their hands full in the frontcourt, as that is where the Pistons two best players reside. Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond are a dominant duo on the interior, leading Detroit in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals.

JaVale McGee and Tyson Chandler will be relied upon heavily to help slow down Griffin and Drummond on the interior. Ivica Zubac and Michael Beasley could get minutes as well if Luke Walton wants to use some bigger lineup combinations.

As long as the Lakers are able to keep those two in check, they will have a great chance at taking home their second straight victory. There is a chance this is also the last game the team has to play without LeBron James, which would be a great boon for the team as a whole.

Game Info

Date: January 9th, 2019

Start time: 10:30 p.m. ET, 7:30 p.m. PT

Location: Los Angeles, California

Stadium: Staples Center


Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket, 710 AM ESPN / 1330 AM ESPN DEPORTES

Live Stream: Fubo TV

Betting Info

This is a mismatch when it comes to overall record. The Pistons struggle on the road, going 6-11 and the Lakers are strong at home, going 13-8. However, the script is flipped when it comes to the betting numbers. Detroit is 9-8 against the number on the road, while Los Angeles is only 8-12 against the number at home.

Spread: Lakers -1.5

Moneyline: Lakers between -120 and -125, Pistons +100 up to +105

Total: 216.5 up to 218

Projected Starting Lineups


PG: Reggie Jackson

SG: Reggie Bullock

SF: Bruce Brown

PF: Blake Griffin

C: Andre Drummond

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PG: Lonzo Ball

SG: Josh Hart

SF: Brandon Ingram

PF: Kyle Kuzma

C: JaVale McGee