The Los Angeles Lakers continued to stay on track by grabbing their second straight win by topping the Detroit Pistons 113-100 on their home floor on Wednesday night.

With LeBron James still out of the mix due to a groin injury, the Lakers were led by second-year forward Kyle Kuzma pouring in a career-best performance notching a career-high 41 points on a highly efficient 16-of-24 shooting from the floor along with going 5-of-10 from beyond the arc. It was easily the best bet performance for Hoopit users in the contest.

Kuzma was highly efficient in the paint as he 10-of-12 in that zone of the floor while he hit four out of his five 3-pointers from the left win. What was most impressive is that he was able to accomplish this through the first three quarters of the game and didn’t take the floor in the final period.

In James’ absence, Kuzma has truly stepped up as their clear-cut top scoring option behind his consistent offensive production. He has had a hiccup here and there, but he has been one of their most reliable scorers on a nightly basis. This should continue to be the case even when James does return to the fold in the coming days.

Kuzma is a highly promising scorer that should continue to develop as the season wears on and see him put forth plenty more strong nights ahead especially playing alongside James when he does return in the near future.

Meanwhile, the team did receive some strong production off the bench from forward Michael Beasley pouring in 19 points on an efficient 9-of-13 shooting from the floor. Beasley has had trouble finding consistency this season, but this was a promising outing on his 30th birthday as he was effective in the paint going 7-of-9 from that zone of the floor.

Beasley’s production has been hard to depend on a nightly basis, but with James out of the lineup still, it opens up more opportunities to contribute offensively off the bench.

Although it was a disappointing loss, the Pistons did have some solid scoring outing from a couple of their core group of players. Former All-Star forward Blake Griffin poured in 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the floor and 2-of-8 from beyond the arc. This saw him go 3-of-5 from the paint and nailed two 3-pointers from the left wing.

Griffin has been their top scoring option this season as he’s currently averaging a career-best 25.1 points per contest. It was a bit of an off night for him, but he has proven to be a highly dependable betting option for Hoopit users any time the Pistons take the floor and that will continue to be the case moving forward. Keep in mind, he is averaging 27.8 points 52.5 percent shooting from the floor in the last five games while posting more than 20 points four straight times prior to the loss to the Lakers.

Point guard Reggie Jackson also notched a solid performance with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the floor including 3-of-8 from distance. Jackson nailed a 3-pointer from each wing spot. Like Griffin, Jackson will continue to be one of the Pistons’ most reliable betting options this year.

Written by: Matt Rotondo

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