Free NBA Playoffs Pick: Pistons vs Cavaliers Lines
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(45-38) Detroit Pistons vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (58-25)
Round 1: Game 2
Date: Wednesday April 20, 2016
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Cleveland -10.5
NBA Betting Total: 201
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The Pistons had their chances in Game 1. However, a late Cavaliers surge kept the #1 seed in tact, as the Pistons now try to even things up on Wednesday.
Cleveland got all they could handle, but behind Lebron James and company, they used a 4th quarter comeback to seal a 1-0 lead.
The Pistons did everything right except the most important thing, win the game.
Detroit hung tough all afternoon long and opened up a 7 point lead in the 4th quarter, but their defense let them down as they couldn’t stop James, Love, and Irving.
A very encouraging sign was their three point shooting. The Pistons shot 52% from behind the arc, hitting 15 of 29 three pointers attempted. The massive three point shooting did take away from what has worked for Detroit all season long though, Andre Drummond down low.
Drummond did finish with 13 points and 11 rebounds, but he was almost a non essential in the game.
Cleveland really took him out of the game, figuratively and literally. They started to play the foul game and forced Drummond to the free throw line, where he is the worst in the NBA. Look for them to use that strategy at some point in Game 2.
Cleveland knew this series would be physical and they got all they could handle, but showed much perseverance in the Game 1 win.
Lebron James showed exceptional effort on both ends of the floor, really putting his shoulder down and either going to the hoop or not letting the Pistons get into the paint.
James finished with 22 points, 11 assists, and 6 rebounds as he played a complete game.
Also added to the cause was Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Love played exceptionally well going for 28 and 13, while Irving finished with 31 points. The trio looked unstoppable and if they play at this level consistently, Cleveland will be almost unbeatable.
Look for JR Smith to play a bigger role here in Game 2.
He had just 9 points, but at one point or another he will be asked to do a lot more and hit some clutch shots to help Cleveland win a game or two.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Pistons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- Pistons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
- Pistons are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games.
- Cavaliers are 16-6 ATS in their last 22 Conference Quarterfinals games.
Free Detroit Pistons vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Warriors NBA Prediction:
Detroit had their chances in Game 1. Things are going to be extremely tough on them now.
They likely won’t shoot 52% from the 3 point line, which will force them to really use Drummond here.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Cleveland -10.5
The Cavaliers got the early scare. Now, things should be much easier on them as they exposed a few things in Detroit in Game 1.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cleveland 114- Detroit 96
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