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Cleveland Cavaliers vs Detroit Pistons Odds
The Cavaliers will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Pistons in Detroit at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday in NBA action.
This season the Pistons are 17-29 overall and 21-25 ATS against the number, while the Cavaliers are 13-33 and 22-24 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Detroit is 22-23-1 on the OU, and Cleveland is 24-22.
The visitors opened this morning as 6.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 197 at BetOnline and other shops.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 27-rated Cavaliers taking on the No. 13-rated Pistons in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 95-92 win for the Pistons on Friday.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Detroit's No. 23-ranked offense, averaging 94.5 PPG, against a Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 24 at 100.7 PPG. The Pistons field goal percentage has averaged 44.3% so far, more than the Cavaliers shooters have achieved on the year, 42.3% per game.
Defensively, the Cavaliers feature the league's No. 21-rated defense on the road, giving up 101.5 points per game. Detroit, meanwhile, comes in at No. 20 in the league in scoring at home.
Cleveland lost its last outing, a 108-95 result against the Warriors on January 29. The Cavaliers failed to cover in that game as a 3-point favorite, while the 203 combined points took the game OVER the total. Cleveland suffered a 108-95 loss against Golden State on Tuesday, getting 18 points from Dion Waiters in a losing effort at Quicken Loans Arena.
In their last action, Detroit was a 98-79 loser on the road against the Pacers. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (177) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Detroit got 18 points from Greg Monroe but lost anyway 98-79 against the Pacers on Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Oklahoma City are 7-3
After playing Golden State are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5
Detroit Pistons Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing LA Lakers are 3-7
After playing Indiana are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5
A few Cavaliers at Pistons trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games when playing on the road against Detroit
Cleveland is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games when playing Detroit
Cleveland is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games on the road
Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 7 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 6 games at home
Cleveland home to Oklahoma City, Saturday, February 2
Detroit home to LA Lakers, Sunday, February 3