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Pistons Just Can’t Solve Cavs in Playoffs

Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Playoffs

The Cleveland Cavaliers can complete a four-game sweep of the Detroit Pistons in their opening round playoff matchup Sunday evening, but if you know the history between the two Central Division rivals, this shouldn’t come as a real surprise.

Shark Bites
  • The Cavs are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a SU win.
  • UNDER is 5-1 in the Pistons last six games at home.
  • UNDER is 6-2 in the Pistons last eight games versus the Central.

The Cavs are currently 6.5-point road favorites at online shop Bovada. The total is tabbed at 198 with OVER priced at -115 and UNDER at -105.

Dating back to the 2007 postseason, the Cavs have now won 11-straight games versus the Pistons when the two meet up in the playoffs. Just as distressing, for Pistons backers at least, is the fact that they’ve gone just 1-10 against the spread during their 11-game losing skid.

Lost in that, however, is the fact that the Pistons probably feel hard done by down 3-0. They’ve played very competitive basketball in the opening three games and have gotten balanced scoring from a slew of players with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope leading the way at 17.3 points per game.

Kyrie Irving was excellent for the Cavs in Game 3 as he recorded 26 points in the 101-91 victory. The Cavs have been an excellent wager off of one day’s rest, as well, as they’ve gone 6-1 ATS in their last seven games in that spot.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Cleveland Cavaliers betting line opened this morning as -6.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including Bovada), while the total was hovering around 198.5 at BetOnline and other betting odds shops.

A 105-100 result in favor of the Cavaliers is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Detroit Pistons Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Cleveland Cavaliers will try to spoil the party on Sunday; they are 39-44-2 ATS against the betting spread this NBA season, while the Detroit Pistons are 43-39-3 ATS. Cleveland is 42-43 vs the betting total points scored; Detroit is 42-41-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Detroit vs Cleveland injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams with the Detroit Pistons rated this week at No. 12 and the Cleveland Cavaliers sitting at No. 4.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Detroit's No. 20-ranked offense (101.68 PPG) against a Cleveland Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 4 at 98.18 PPG. The Detroit Pistons have averaged 43.99% from the field per game, less than the Cleveland Cavaliers have managed so far this NBA season (46.09% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

LeBron James scored 20 points and chipped in with 20 rebounds for Cleveland on Friday, leading the Cavaliers to a 101-91 victory over Detroit at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing Detroit
  • Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • Detroit is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Detroit is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games at home
  • Detroit is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland home to Detroit, Tuesday, April 26th

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