Pistons vs. Cavaliers - 1/27/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (25-20) at Detroit Pistons (17-28)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
The Line: Detroit Pistons +7.5 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, FSDT, NBATV
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons play Tuesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are really starting to hit their stride with six straight victories. On the season, the Cavs are averaging 101.7 points on 45.4 percent shooting and are allowing 100 points on 46.5 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 26.2 points and 7.4 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 20.9 points and 5.2 assists. Kevin Love is grabbing 10.3 rebounds and J.R. Smith is shooting 41.7 percent from the field. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting lights out from just about everywhere, but it’s their defense that’s improved the most during this stretch. The Cavs are allowing 41.3 percent shooting from the field and 33.6 percent from deep in their last five games. The Cavs have won eight of their last 10 games when allowing less than 100 points.
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The Detroit Pistons have split their last 10 games and will be without Brandon Jennings for the rest of the year. On the season, the Pistons are averaging 98.2 points on 42.6 percent shooting and are allowing 100.2 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Greg Monroe is averaging 15.1 points and 10.2 rebounds while Andre Drummond is averaging 12.5 points and 12.8 rebounds. D.J. Augustin is dishing 4.2 assists and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. Despite topping 100 points in four of their last eight games, the Detroit Pistons are shooting just 42.7 percent from the field in their last five games. The Pistons were never really an offensive powerhouse and those numbers could get even worse without Jennings, their leading scorer, on the floor.
The Cavaliers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Pistons are 17-36 ATS in their last 53 home games and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Cavaliers are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Detroit and 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall.
This is an interesting game to me because the Pistons have the size in the paint that could give the Cavs some issues. However, the loss of Jennings is huge. If forced to pick, I'm siding with the Pistons and the points on their home court. However, tread lightly.