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Pistons Face Must-Win Game vs Cavs

The Cleveland Cavaliers have a 2-0 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference series with the Detroit Pistons, but the Pistons aren’t dead in the water just yet. The Palace of Auburn Hills is the scene for Game 3 Friday night, which is great news for Pistons backers. LeBron James-led teams are 20-0 in the first two opening round playoff games since 2007.

Shark Bites
  • The Cavaliers are 10-1 SU in their last 11 games with one day off between games.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Pistons' last six games with a closing total of 200.5 or less.
  • The visiting team is 4-1 ATS in its last five games in this matchup.

The Pistons, who opened as 4-point underdogs, haven’t been very reliable in this spot. Detroit is 1-4 SU and ATS in its last five as home dogs. They have been great at bouncing back after a loss, however, as Stan Van Gundy’s crew are 5-1 SU in their previous six coming off a loss.

Detroit has outscored Cleveland by three in the first half, but the Cavs have turned it on when it really matters. Thanks to a record-tying 20 3-pointers, Cleveland ran away with Game 2 in a 107-90 victory.

Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving has been especially strong in this matchup. Irving has averaged 27.8 points in four games versus Detroit this season.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Cleveland Cavaliers betting line opened this morning as -4-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including Bovada), while the total was hovering around 200.5 at BetOnline and other betting odds shops.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 106-104 result in favor of the Cavaliers today. 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 look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 38-44-2 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Detroit Pistons are 43-37-3 ATS. Cleveland is 42-42 against the points scored total betting line, while Detroit is 42-39-2 versus the line. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Detroit vs Cleveland injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 12 (Detroit Pistons) and the No. 4 (Cavaliers) teams in the league, according to our current NBA betting Power Rankings at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Detroit's No. 3-rated NBA squad against Cleveland's No. 9-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Detroit rates No. 10 in the league with 9.04 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 2 with 10.86 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap


Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Detroit is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 6 games
  • Detroit is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games at home
  • Detroit is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Cleveland

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland at Detroit, Sunday, April 24th