Detroit Pistons vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 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 +6.5 -- Over/Under: 203.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers look to stay hot tonight when they pay a visit to the Detroit Pistons.
The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to rack up the wins and have kicked off the second half of the regular season with massive wins over the Wizards and the Pistons. In Sunday's 101-83 win over the Knicks, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James led the scoring with 18 points each while Kevin Love added 16 points, but the focus was mainly on JR Smith who lit up his former team with 17 points including a highlight alley-oop dunk. The Cavs have now won 16 of their last 18 games but are still only 35-22 on the season, one game behind Chicago who are currently third in the Eastern Conference standings.
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Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons have started the second half of their regular season with wins over the Bulls and the Wizards. In Sunday's 106-89 over the Wizards, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the way with 26 points, Andre Drummond added 18 points and 16 rebounds while new recruit Reggie Jackson added 17 points as the Pistons continued their hot form of six wins in nine outings. Detroit is now 23-33 on the season which is just one game out of the playoff picture, somewhere I never thought they would be after losing 23 of their last 28 games.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games following a win, while the Pistons are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games and 19-9 ATS in their last 28 games overall.
Head to head, the Cavs are 3-10 ATS in the last 13 meetings overall and the Road team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings.
These two teams have actually split two meetings this season, but it was the Cavs who won the latest meeting by 103-95 on Jan. 27 thanks to a combined 70 points from Irving and James. I expect a much more balanced scoring effort from the Cavs but a similar margin of victory in this one.