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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Detroit Pistons - 3/2/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Pistons at Cleveland Cavaliers
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST)
Quicken Loans Arena
Cleveland, OH
The Line
The Line: Cleveland +5.5 -- Over/Under 216
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The Cleveland Cavaliers play host to the Detroit Pistons at the Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night.

The Detroit Pistons have been in great form as they’ve won seven of their last nine games, but they will be looking to bounce back after having their three-game win streak halted by the Spurs in a 105-93 road loss on Wednesday. Reggie Jackson led the team in scoring with 22 points but had little support as Blake Griffin scored just 17 points on six of 18 shooting while Andre Drummond chipped in with just 10 points, 17 rebounds and four steals. As a team, the Pistons shot a miserable 36 percent from the field and 15 of 38 from the 3-point line as they cut a 14-point third quarter deficit to just two points, before the Spurs pulled away late to win by double digits. With the loss, Detroit fell to 29-31 overall which is good for seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings. 

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers were one of the worst teams in the league all season, but they’ve sprung to life with four wins in their last six outings and will be looking to stay hot after escaping New York with a 125-118 road win on Thursday. Kevin Love led the team with 26 points, Collin Sexton and Jordan Clarkson each scored 22 points while Cedi Osman chipped in with 21 points and five assists. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 51 percent from the field and 14 of 34 from the 3-point line as they rallied in the fourth quarter to overcome a 14-point deficit and finish on top. With the win, Cleveland improved to 15-47 on the season and 6-24 on the road. 

Looking at the betting trends, the Pistons are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record, 6-1 ATS in their last seven games playing on two days rest and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games against a team with a losing home record. The Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a win and 16-38 ATS in their last 54 home games against a team with a losing home record.

Head to head, the home team is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings, the Pistons are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings in Cleveland.

The Pistons have quietly been one of the form teams of the league lately, but they’re up against a Cavaliers team on the rise with Love back on the court. The Pistons are just 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings in Cleveland, but they were red-hot before getting stopped by the Spurs and have already beaten the Cavaliers twice this season. I'm expecting a close one, but in the end I have the Pistons getting the win and cover as they continue their race towards a playoff berth.


Detroit -5.5
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