Cleveland Cavaliers v Detroit Pistons – NBA Betting Preview and Prediction
In this betting preview, we will look at the Cleveland Cavaliers versus Detroit Pistons, set to take place this Wednesday at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in what will be a tough test for Pistons, who are missing numerous key players, yet, have all the right to enter this bout confident, seeing how they already defeated Cavaliers earlier in December with 127:94 at this same venue.
Officiating this match will be Brian Forte, who was in charge of 10 games so far this season. Throughout those 10, Forte called on average 42.2 fouls per game, 48.58% were called against road teams and 51.42% against home teams.
Cleveland Cavaliers four-game slump
John Beilein’s men are entering their 37th game of the season with a disastrous 10-26 record next to their name which sits them at 14th place in the East, just barely above Atlanta Hawks and right up there with New York Knicks.
Suffice to say Cavaliers were not planning on dropping so low this season, however, at this point, it’s best they start their preparation for the next season, as it seems like this year won’t be one they will look back with fond memories.
In their last five matches, Cavaliers bested Minnesota Timberwolves (94:88) to which they added a run of four consecutive defeats against Toronto Raptors (97:117), Charlotte Hornets (106:109), Oklahoma City Thunder (106:121) and again against Timberwolves on Monday (103:118).
It’s easy to see Cavs have seen better times as they are a complete mess now and their injuries don’t help the cause. Ahead of their clash with Pistons, Cavs announced Larry Nance Jr. and Kevin Porter Jr. will be out, while Tristan Thompson is questionable.
There’s still hope for Pistons
This will be Detroit Pistons’ 38th fixture of the season, where they will be chasing their 14th win in a bid to get themselves closer to a top-eight finish.
As it stands now, Pistons are 13-24 on the year and 1-4 in their last five, which is not all too promising, but there is a possibility they will see better success against the struggling Cavs.
Since the end of December, Pistons lost to San Antonio Spurs (109:136), Utah Jazz (81:104), Los Angeles Clippers (112:126), defeated Golden State Warriors (111:104) and lost their Monday’s bout with Los Angeles Lakers (99:106).
That being said, Pistons are not as bad as their results would suggest, as they are playing solid basketball, but always find a way to fall flat.
In their clash with Lakers, Dwane Casey’s men impressed with what they have shown, especially in the third quarter, where they took over the match and outscored Lakers by 13 points (32:19), which also earned them a four-point lead ahead of the last quarter. They did end up dropping the ball in the last quarter where they lost the lead, and ultimately the match.
Derrick Rose has been playing well in recent weeks and while he did slightly underperform against Clippers, he was solid in against GSW and Lakers. We also like Sekou Doumbouya and his contribution to the team, especially in the rebounding department. He finished his last three fixtures with an average of 11.3 rpg.
Pistons will miss Reggie Jackson, Luke Kennard, Blake Griffin and Markieff Morris, while Tony Snell is questionable.
Verdict & Prediction
It’s tough to praise either team for what they achieved so far this season, but it’s rather obvious Pistons are in a much better spot heading into the Wednesday’s bout.
Cavaliers had their moments, but they are currently a complete mess, both on and off the pitch. Their weak performances are bad enough to begin with and the friction between Kevin Love and head coach Beilein does not do the team’s chemistry and favors either.
Poor performance and very shaky chemistry are two huge reasons why we believe Cavs will struggle here. This match will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse where Cavs are 6-13 but are also 0-3 in their last three. Furthermore, Pistons already bested Cavaliers in front of their own fans less than a month ago (127:94), which is just another checkmark on our list of reasons why Pistons are the team to beat.
Pistons are 6-12-1 ATS as an away team, which is the worst record in the league (33.3%), however, with Cavs chemistry issues and obvious poor form, we can trust Detroit to deliver and win with at least four points to spare.
Prediction: Detroit Pistons -3.00 Points
Odds: 1.85 Pinnacle (1.94 when sent to our premium members)