Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Detroit Pistons - 4/9/14
Detroit Pistons (28-49) at Cleveland Cavaliers (31-47)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -5 -- Over/Under: 206.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSDT, FSOH
The Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers will play for the fourth and final time this season on Wednesday. The Cavs lead the series 2-1.
The Pistons have won two straight games, including a surprising 102-95 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday. On the season, the Pistons average 100.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allow 104.4 points on 47 percent shooting. Shooting guard Rodney Stuckey has scored a combined 55 points in his last two games, while Andre Drummond has posted a double-double in five straight games. However, the main struggles for the Pistons have come on the road, as they’ve lost 16 of their last 18 games away from home. The Detroit Pistons are 32-44-1 ATS overall and 17-19-1 ATS on the road.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers have pretty much wrapped up any chance of making the playoffs by losing three of their last five games. On the season, the Cavaliers average 97.5 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allow 101.4 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving, who recently returned from injury, is shooting 53.7 percent from the field in his last three games and is coming off a 44-point performance against the Bobcats. However, the Cavs are allowing opponents to shoot 41 percent from three in their last five games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are 38-40 ATS overall and 21-17 ATS at home.
The Pistons are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Pistons are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Cleveland, while the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
This seems like a good spot to take the Cavs at home. The Pistons are coming off a big road win over a playoff team and have had zero days of rest, while Cleveland is at home and hasn’t played since Saturday.
I’ll take Cleveland, the better rested team and the small chalk.