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Cavaliers vs Pistons Preview

Detroit PistonsCleveland Cavaliers
13-16December 23, 2013, 07:00 | Quicken Loans Arena10-16

The Cavaliers will try to pay off for their supporters on Monday when they play host to the Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena in NBA wagering action.

The Pistons will try to spoil the party on Monday; they are 14-15 ATS against the number this season, while the Cavaliers are 10-16 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). Detroit is 22-7 on the totals; Cleveland is 13-13.

View Detroit Pistons vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Cavaliers installed as -2.5-point Favorite in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 202.

This game matches up the No. 26 (Cavaliers) and the No. 18 (Pistons) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 91-87 result in favor of the Pistons is predicted by handicapping models.

The Pistons were a 114-97 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Rockets. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (211) made winners of OVER bettors. Detroit got 19 points from Josh Smith but lost anyway 114-97 against the Rockets on Saturday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Cleveland lost its last outing, a 100-84 result against the Bulls on December 21. The Cavaliers failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point underdog, while the 184 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Cavaliers endured a 100-84 loss at the hands of the Bulls on Saturday, despite a 19-point effort from Andrew Bynum at United Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Cleveland's No. 23-ranked offense (95.62 PPG) against a Pistons defense that ranks No. 21 at 102.03 PPG. The Cavaliers have averaged 42.54% from the field per game, less than the Pistons have managed so far this season (45.2% on average).

Next up:
Detroit at Orlando, Friday, December 27th
Cleveland home to Atlanta, Thursday, December 26th