Pistons at Cavaliers Game 1- 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 -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers begin game one of the playoffs Sunday afternoon at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Detroit Pistons have made the playoffs for the first time since Michael Curry was head coach. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 102 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 101.4 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Reggie Jackson is averaging 18.8 points and 6.2 assists while Tobias Harris is averaging 16.6 points and 6.2 rebounds. Andre Drummond is grabbing 14.8 rebounds and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is dishing 1.8 assists. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 66.8 percent from the free throw line. The Pistons are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game. The Detroit Pistons have won five of their last eight road games.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers begin what many consider would be a Finals appearance or bust. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 104.3 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 98.3 points on 44.8 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.3 points and 7.4 rebounds while Kevin Love is averaging 16 points and 2.4 assists. J.R. Smith is dishing 1.7 assists and Tristan Thompson is grabbing nine rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The Cavaliers are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won six of their last eight home games. Mo Williams is questionable with a knee injury.
The Pistons are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Central. The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 15-6 ATS in their last 21 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Pistons are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Cleveland and 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings overall.
You guys know I've been fading the Cavs and big numbers pretty much all season, as I don't think Cleveland is THAT good. The Pistons have one of the best coaches in the league and have guys who can hold their own on a smaller scale. Do not sleep on Detroit. Not sure if the Pistons steal this game, but I really like the value of the points, as it fits into what I've been doing all season.