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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Detroit Pistons - 4/20/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Pistons (44-39) at Cleveland Cavaliers (58-25)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)

The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -10 -- Over/Under: 201 See the Latest Odds


The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Detroit Pistons collide for Game 2 tonight at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Pistons came into Game 1 of the series as rank outsiders but the Pistons will be full of confidence despite losing to the Cavaliers by 106-101 in Game 1 on Sunday. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the scoring with 21 points, Marcus Morris added 20 points with five assists while Reggie Jackson had 17 points but it just wasn't enough to get over the hump against a more experience Cavaliers team. Andre Drummond was always going to be key to the Pistons' success in this series, but he had a mediocre game of just 13 points with 11 rebounds but that was mainly because the Pistons were employing more of a perimeter-orientated offense which worked to a certain extent as they connected on 15 of 29 three-pointers, but expect them to make some minor changes and go into the post with Drummond more often in Game 2.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Detroit Pistons - 4/20/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Meanwhile, the Cavaliers were led by none other than their Big Three. Kyrie Irving led the team in scoring with 31 points on 10 of 24 shooting, Kevin Love added 28 points while LeBron James had 22 points with 11 assists as the Cavaliers rallied late to escape with a narrow win in Game 1. As a team, the Cavs shot just 44.3 percent from the field compared to the Pistons' 50.7 percent, but they made up for that by earning more possessions by grabbing 12 offensive rebounds and committing a total of just four turnovers. 

In ATS trends, the Pistons are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a loss and 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, while the Cavs are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 Conference Quarterfinals games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the Pistons are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Cleveland.

The Pistons really took it to the Cavs in Game 1 and they really weren't that far from pulling off the upset, so while I fully expect the Cavs to extend their series lead to 2-0, I'm sticking with the Pistons to keep this to single digits again, especially given their strong form ATS when playing the Cavs.

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