2016 NBA Futures – Series Picks
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NBA Betting – Detroit Pistons vs. Cleveland Cavaliers First Round Series Preview and Picks
The Cavaliers have been the most dramatic one seed in the NBA in quite some time. They fired their head coach early in the season and then more and more reports spilled out about players not getting along.
However, through all that the Cavaliers never broke stride and stayed atop the East for good.
They’ll now get a Pistons team who bobbed and weaved their way from the 10 seed to the 7 seed throughout the entire season. Eventually, they fell into the 8th spot and while that isn’t the most ideal situation for them, they can say at least they’re in.
Can they pull off one of the most epic upsets?
Let’s break it down.
NBA Championship Lines – 2016 NBA Title Odds from 5Dimes
- Pistons: 250-1 | Eastern Conference Odds: 75-1
- Cavs: 4-1 | Eastern Conference Odds: 5/13
Detroit Pistons vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Series Prices
Detroit Pistons: +800
Cleveland Cavaliers: -2564
Pistons vs. Cavaliers Round 1 Series Schedule
- GAME 1 – Pistons at Cavaliers, Sun., April 17, 3 p.m., ABC
- GAME 2 – Pistons at Cavaliers, Wed., April 20, 8 p.m., TNT
- GAME 3 – Cavaliers at Pistons, Fri., April 22, 7 p.m., ESPN
- GAME 4 – Cavaliers at Pistons, Sun., April 24, 8:30 p.m., TNT
- GAME 5 (if necessary) – Pistons at Cavaliers, Tues., April 26, TBD, TBD
- GAME 6 (if necessary) – Cavaliers at Pistons, Thurs., April 28, TBD, TBD
- GAME 7 (if necessary) – Pistons at Cavaliers, Saturday April 30, TBD, TNT
Pistons vs. Cavaliers Free Series Predictions: Guards
The Pistons guard set is one of the most underrated in basketball. Reggie Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope both have given this Detroit team a lot of offensive production.
Jackson sat out the last two games to get back to 100% health wise as he has averaged over 18 points per game. Caldwell-Pope is one of the best jump shooters for the Pistons as he rarely finds himself in the paint.
Cleveland uses stars Kyrie Irving and JR Smith, two giant pieces to this team. Irving has shown the ability to take over any game and will be playing with a chip on his shoulder after missing the Finals last year due to injury.
Smith has become a serious threat from the outside. He isn’t afraid to hoist and will certainly be a crucial part to this Cavaliers team success throughout the playoffs.
Verdict: Giant edge to Cleveland here. Irving and Smith are extremely talented and can hit from anywhere on the floor. These two offer such good compliments to the rest of the Cavs starters, it’s nearly impossible to stop them both.
Pistons vs. Cavaliers Free Series Predictions: Forwards and Center
The Pistons lack in the forward position, there is no doubt about that. However, they have one of the best centers in the game in Andre Drummond.
The big man in the middle averages 16.2 points to go along with 14.8 rebounds this season. Detroit will play through him on almost every offensive possession and really look to him to alter a lot of shots down low in the paint.
Cleveland obviously has Lebron James and Kevin Love to work with. The duo is just so threatening in every possible way you look at it. James has certainly turned it up a notch down the stretch of the season.
Before resting in the series finale, James put in performances of 33 and 34. With a chip on his shoulder to get his city a championship, this could be the best Lebron James we have ever seen in postseason play.
Pistons vs. Cavaliers Free Series Predictions:
Detroit just doesn’t have enough here to compete. With the exception of Drummond, the Pistons aren’t very deep nor threatening.
James and company should have very little problem here with Pistons as this is set up for a sweep or 5 games at the most.
No issues for Cleveland here in Round 1, just staying healthy is a key.
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