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Cavaliers at Pistons - 2/24/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers (35-22) at Detroit Pistons (23-33)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)

The Line: Detroit Pistons +8.5 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSOH, FSDT

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons meet Tuesday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have won six of their last eight games and end a four-game road trip. On the season, the Cavs are averaging 102.6 points on 45.8 percent shooting and are allowing 98.8 points on 45.5 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.8 points and 7.3 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 21.7 points and 5.3 assists. Kevin Love is grabbing 10.4 rebounds and J.R. Smith is shooting 42.4 percent from the field. The Cleveland Cavaliers have clearly hit their stride, especially on the offensive end where they’re shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 40 percent from deep in their last five games. The Cavs last five losses have come on the road. Shawn Marion is expected to miss this game and Kendrick Perkins is questionable.

Cavaliers at Pistons - 2/24/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Detroit Pistons look to stay hot with wins in six of their last nine games. On the season, the Pistons are averaging 98.4 points on 42.9 percent shooting and are allowing 99.4 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Reggie Jackson is averaging 17 points and five assists while Greg Monroe is averaging 15.4 points and 10.4 rebounds. Andre Drummond is grabbing 13 rebounds and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is shooting 40 percent from the field. The Detroit Pistons remain in the playoff hunt and have to be excited about the addition of Jackson. Jackson was 7-18 from the field in his debut, and he gives the Pistons a much needed offensive boost down the home stretch. Tayshaun Prince is questionable to make his Detroit debut.

The Cavaliers are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pistons are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games and 19-9 ATS in their last 28 games overall. Cavaliers are 3-10 ATS in the last 13 meetings and the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

The only thing the Pistons were really needing was a spark offensively, and they have it in Jackson. I love Detroit's bigs and think it gives the Pistons a shot to upset the Cavs outright at home. Either way, these are too many points to lay in a game between two red hot teams. Give me the Pistons at home. 

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