Free NBA Playoffs Pick: Pistons vs Cavaliers Lines
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(44-38) Detroit Pistons vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (57-25)
Round 1: Game 1
Date: Sunday April 17, 2016
Time: 3:00PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Cleveland -10.5
NBA Betting Total: 200.5
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The Eastern Conference Playoffs are set and the 1 seed takes on the 8 seed in the opening round as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons go at it.
Cleveland held the 1 seed throughout the entire season, while the Pistons had to battle it out until the final week to secure a spot in the playoffs.
The Pistons have at least a little momentum on their side heading into this series. They managed to take 3 of 4 meetings this year, granted the last one saw no starters play.
However, Detroit knows what they’re up against and matches up well with the Cavaliers as this series is expected to be one filled with hate and fire from both teams.
Detroit will be making their first playoff appearance since 2009, thanks in large part to head coach Stan Van Gundy. Prior this season, the Pistons had turned in 6 straight losing years. Given the team’s success here in 2015-2016, they certainly have to be happy with the results.
The Pistons success against Cleveland will come down to Andre Drummond. The star C has averaged 20.3 points, 13.7 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game. He is a force not only on the offensive side, but can alter so many shots in the paint on the defensive side.
Look for him to be played through a lot by Detroit, as he’ll go up against a shorter Tristan Thompson inside.
Despite all the drama that unfolded this season, Cleveland never broke stride as the 1 seed.
They now look to begin their mission back to the finals. Health will be a key for them as last season they saw both Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving get injured in the playoffs. Even Lebron James had his share of injuries to deal with, and still Cleveland was just 2 wins away from a championship.
The road is long, but Lebron James has said it all year that Cleveland is the team to beat. James even went out of his to say the Cavaliers are too nice and need to show more fire. The team responded with some dominating performances down the stretch.
The trio of James, Love, and Irving combine for 60 points per game. Add JR Smith to that bunch and this team is one of the most dangerous teams in the NBA without a doubt.
Expect them to really turn it up a notch on the offensive end in terms of pace in this series. Head coach Tyrone Lue loves the run and gun style and will use that here in the postseason.
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 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games.
- Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Cavaliers are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 Conference Quarterfinals games.
Free Detroit Pistons vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Warriors NBA Prediction:
The Cavaliers are ready and fired up for this one.
The Q will be rocking and while things may be closer than the people think here, Cleveland will still manage to come away with a Game 1 win.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Detroit +10.5
The Pistons keep things close, but eventually do fall in the end.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cleveland 109- Detroit 103
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