Two teams sitting in and out of the playoff places of the East are clashing today, when the Cleveland Cavaliers (17-53), who have won only once in their last 6 games, are hosting the Detroit Pistons (36-33), who on the other hand are looking to extend their current small winning streak.
Date/Time: 03-18-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Cleveland Cavaliers +7.5
Cleveland Cavaliers have a 17-53 record (32-36-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second to last place of the East. They have lost five of their last six matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Mavericks with a 116-121 score. They are led in scoring by Kevin Love with 18.3 ppg, adding a team high 11.2 boards per game. He is followed by Jordan Clarkson with 16.9 ppg and 3.4 boards off the bench.
Detroit Pistons have a 36-33 record (35-31-2 against the spread) so far this season currently sit in the 6th place of the East. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Raptors with a 110-107 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Blake Griffin with 24.7 ppg, adding 7.6 boards and a team high 5.4 dimes per game. He is followed by Andre Drummond with 17.3 ppg and a team high 15.3 boards per game.
Pistons have won all three previous meetings against the Cavaliers this season, winning the previous road game by 36 points. Cavaliers have a 11-24 home record, while the Pistons are 13-20 on the road. Pistons are better both offensively, scoring 107.3 ppg to Cavs’ 104 and defensively, allowing 107.6 ppg to Cavs’ 113.4. Both teams have almost identical field goal percentage (44.1% to 44%) and Cavaliers have a better 3-point percentage (35.9% to 34.8%). Pistons are better in dimes made (22.6 to 20.9) and in boards grabbed (45.3 to 42.6), while Cavaliers are better in turnovers committed (12.7 to 13.3). Pistons are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -7.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy road victory.
Detroit Pistons vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction: Detroit Pistons -7.5 (-106)
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