Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Detroit Pistons - 4/17/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Pistons (44-38) at Cleveland Cavaliers (57-25)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -10.5 -- Over/Under: 200.5 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers meet at the Quicken Loans Arena for Game 1 on Sunday.
The Pistons will be looking to make some noise in the playoffs after finishing the regular season with a 44-38 record which earned them the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. Just about every player on the Pistons rosters improved on last season with the double-double machine, Andre Drummond leading the way with averages of 16.2 points and 14.8 rebounds per game, Reggie Jackson averaged 18.8 points and 6.2 assists per game while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope averaged 14.5 points per game. Tobias Harris was the new face for the Pistons and he had a solid season with averages of 14.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game and he will be key for the Pistons' success if they want to get past the first round.
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Meanwhile, the Cavaliers were the best team in the Eastern Conference all season so it's no surprise that they finished the regular season with a 57-25 record and the top seed. LeBron James led from the front with averages of 25.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game, Kyrie Irving averaged 19.6 points and 4.7 assists while Kevin Love averaged 16.0 assists and 9.9 rebounds but the scoring goes all the way down the roster as JR Smith, Matthew Dellavedova and Timofey Mozgov all contribute on a nightly basis. The only real change to the Cavs' roster from last season was the addition of Mo Williams but he averaged just 8.2 points per game on the season and a knee injury will see him miss Game 1 on Sunday.
In ATS trends, the Pistons are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against teams above .600 and 0-4 ATS in their last four games in the first round of the playoffs, while the Cavs are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games in the first round of the playoffs and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games against a team with a losing road record.
Head to head, the Pistons are 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings overall and 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Cleveland.
You would expect the Cavaliers with LeBron James and all their depth to cruise past the Pistons in a sweep, but if you look at the regular season, the Pistons actually won the series by 3-1 so we could be in for one or two surprises here. I have the Cavs winning this game for sure, but I don't think it will be all one-way traffic.