The Detroit Pistons (11-5) can lengthen a six-game home winning streak when they challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers (9-7) at Little Caesars Arena. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 215.5 points with Cleveland set as a 2-point favorite. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, November 20, 2017, and it can be seen on Fox Sports – Ohio.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Detroit Pistons Odds Preview
The Cavaliers beat the Los Angeles Clippers in their last game, 118-113. LeBron James was the top scorer from either team with 39 points on 17-for-26 shooting. The Cavaliers knocked down 23 of their 29 free throws (79.3 percent) and held the Clippers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.495 (below the 0.547 mark opponents have averaged against Cleveland this season).
The last time the Pistons played, they defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 100-97. With 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting, Andre Drummond led Detroit in scoring. Detroit dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.6 (below their season average of 25.8) and a turnover percentage of 17.1 (worse than their season average of 12.4). Minnesota was 18.8 and 18.9, respectively, for those same stats.
The offensive glass should be a huge edge for Detroit in this showdown. The Pistons currently rank fourth in offensive rebounding percentage (25.8 percent), while Cleveland ranks 22nd in defensive rebounding percentage (76.7 percent). It could also be an error-filled game for the Cavaliers offense, which ranks 22nd in ball security (turnover percentage of 15.5 percent). Theyll be going up against the top-notch defense of the Pistons, which forces the fourth-most turnovers in the league (16.1 percent).
Of Clevelands 16 games, 11 have finished over the projected point total, while 8 of Detroits 15 games have finished over the projected point total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Pistons have a sizable advantage. They are 11-5 SU and 10-4-1 ATS, while the Cavaliers are 9-7 SU and 5-10-1 ATS.
Avery Bradley has been playing at a high level over the last five games for Detroit, averaging 20.4 points per game.
This is the first time these teams will clash this year, after splitting four games last season. The Cavaliers won the last contest 128-96. Cleveland made 19 of their 30 three pointers (63.3 percent). Detroit was, meanwhile, 4-19 (21.1 percent).
Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Cavaliers, ATS Winner – Cavaliers, O/U – Over
- The Pistons rank 12th in steals per game (8.1) while the Cavaliers rank 25th (6.9).
- Detroit ranks seventh in points off turnovers per game (18.8) while Cleveland ranks 14th in points off turnovers allowed per game (17.5).
- Detroit ranks 13th in points in the paint per game (45.0) while Cleveland ranks 24th in points allowed in the paint per game (47.3).
- On the road, Cleveland is 5-3 ATS with 6 overs and 2 unders.
- Detroit is 5-2-1 ATS at home with 5 overs and 3 unders.
- Cleveland is 2-0 when they allow under 100 points, while Detroit is 6-2.
- The Cavaliers are 9-5 when they reach the century mark, while the Pistons are 10-2.
- The Pistons rank 14th in fast break points per game (10.7) while the Cavaliers rank 25th (7.8).
- Detroit ranks fifth in three pointers allowed per game (26.3) while Cleveland ranks 28th (32.3).
- The Pistons average 22.4 assists per game, which ranks 12th in the league. The Cavaliers rank 29th in assists allowed per game (25.6).
- The Cavaliers rank 20th in blocks per game (4.2) while the Pistons rank 26th (3.4).
- Detroit ranks third in second chance points allowed per game (9.5) while Cleveland ranks 19th (12.8).
Detroit is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in their last five games.
Over their last five games, Cleveland is 3-2 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.
The Pistons’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.6, down from 3.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Cavaliers have scored an average of 112.2 points per game (1.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 108.4 points per game (3.8 below their season average).