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Pistons vs Cavaliers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Detroit Pistons at Cleveland Cavaliers
- Where: Cleveland at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
- Date: Wednesday, February 8th
- Betting Odds CLE -13, DET +574 | CLE -845 O/U 221.5
The Pistons come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 14-41. So far, the team has gone 24-30-1 against the spread. Detroit will take the court having lost 2 straight games. The team has an average scoring margin of -14.0 in these matchups.
Detroit is trying to bounce back from a 111-99 loss to the Celtics. Going into this game, the team was 9 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Detroit was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Celtics by 12 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Bojan Bogdanovic, as he contributed 21 points while hitting 54.5% of his shots.
So far, the Cavaliers have put together an overall record of 34-22, while going 31-24-1 vs the spread. Cleveland comes into the game having rattled off 3 straight wins. In these victories, the team has an average scoring margin of 19.0 points per game
The Cavaliers will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Wizards by a score of 114-91. Heading into the game, they were 3 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Cleveland went on to win the game, as they led by 20 heading into halftime. In the win, Jarrett Allen led the team in scoring with 23 points on a field goal percentage of 76.9%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Pistons averaged 102.0 points per game vs the Cavaliers. Just like the Pistons, the Cavaliers maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 104.75 points per game vs Detroit. Across the last 5 matchups between the teams, Detroit has gone 3-2 vs the spread. However, the Cavaliers actually have a positive scoring margin in these games at +5 points per game. Over the course of these games, they averaged 209 points per game, leading a 2-2-1 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 55 games, Detroit is averaging 112.3 points per game (24th). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Pistons are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 100.0 per contest. This deliberate style of basketball has played a role in the unit ranking just 28th in made shots per game.
Against the Cavaliers, the Pistons will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 22nd in points allowed.
This season, the Pistons offense has primarily worked through Bojan Bogdanovic and Jaden Ivey who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 52 games, Bogdanovic is 41st in the NBA at 21.4 points per game. So far, him and Ivey have accounted for 31% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 36.599999999999994 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jaden Ivey is grabbing 3.9 rebounds for Detroit to go along with 4.6 assists.
This season, the Cleveland offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 111.8 points per game. So far, the Cavaliers are averaging 96.1 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. This slow style of play has made a difference in their overall scoring numbers, as Cleveland is just 22nd in made field goals per game.
So far, the Cavaliers have played well defensively, as they are ranked 5th in the league at 105.67 points per contest.
Shooting Guard Donovan Mitchell currently leads the Cavaliers at 26.8 points per game. For the season, he is 13th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 23.2% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Mitchell is averaging 3.9 boards and 4.9 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 3rd ranked defense at defending shooting guards. Darius Garland enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 47 games, he is averaging 22.0 and is 69th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Pistons vs Cavaliers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Pistons +13
- Free Total Prediction: Over 221.5