Two teams sitting in and out of the playoff places of the East are clashing today, when the Cleveland Cavaliers (15-47), who want to turn their latest rare victory into a streak, are hosting the Detroit Pistons (29-31), who on the other hand saw a winning streak end and are looking to bounce back in this game.
Date/Time: 03-02-2019, 17:00 EDT
Spread: Cleveland Cavaliers +5.5
Cleveland Cavaliers have a 15-47 record (28-33-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second to last place of the East. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Knicks with a 125-118 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kevin Love with 18.6 ppg, adding 10.7 boards per game. He is followed by Jordan Clarkson with 17.1 ppg and 3.4 boards off the bench.
Detroit Pistons have a 29-31 record (28-30-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 7th place of the East. In their last game they saw a three-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Spurs with a 93-105 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Blake Griffin with 25.7 ppg, adding 8 boards and a team high 5.4 dimes per game. He is followed by Andre Drummond with 17.5 ppg and a team high 15.1 boards per game.
Pistons have won both previous meetings against the Cavaliers this season, both at home and by an average of 9 points. Cavaliers have a 9-23 home record, while the Pistons are 11-18 on the road. Pistons are better both offensively, scoring 107 ppg to Cavs’ 103.7 and defensively, allowing 108.1 ppg to Cavs’ 113.4. Cavaliers on the other hand have better percentages both in field goals (44.2% to 43.8%) and in 3-pointers (35.7% to 34.3%). Pistons are better in dimes made (22.3 to 21) and in boards grabbed (45.3 to 43), while Cavaliers are better in turnovers committed (12.8 to 13.6). Pistons are the favorite in this game and Vegas odds give them a -5.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds against an inferior Cavaliers team.
Detroit Pistons vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction: Detroit Pistons -5.5 (-108)
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