Back Cavaliers -6.5 With Your NBA Picks Despite Pistons Being a Dangerous Dog

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 4:26 PM GMT

The new-look Pistons will welcome LeBron James and the Cavaliers to Detroit this evening, with the NBA odds clearly on Cleveland's side. Who are we picking to cover?

Odds Overview
The Cavaliers are playing their basketball of the season, so it's really no surprise to see they're the favorites on the NBA betting odds board for tonight's road contest against Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and the Pistons. Cleveland is laying 6.5 points at a lot of the top online sportsbooks.

If you're itching to make a play on the total instead, the O/U is trading at 205.5 for now, suggesting an up-tempo, back-and-forth matchup with plenty of points. We don't see much of an edge in terms of value in either the OVER or UNDER.

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Detroit Pistons
It's certainly been a wild season for the Pistons. They have a new coach in town in Stan Van Gundy and he hasn't been afraid to shake things up and create a new culture. You can already start to see this franchise moving in the right direction, so it's an exciting time to be a Pistons fan right now.

Most recently, Detroit was active before the deadline, making a deal for Reggie Jackson, who will immediately step in and be the starting point guard with Brandon Jennings out long term. D.J. Augustin and Kyle Singler were offloaded to Oklahoma City, while Jonas Jerebko also departed. Detroit brought veteran Tayshaun Prince back to the franchise as well, though it remains to be seen what kind of impact he'll have. Rumors are swirling that he'll step in and start at small forward here tonight against the Cavs, a position that Caron Butler has been filling.

Regardless, Detroit's outlook looks much more positive than it did before the season started. Drummond and Monroe form one of the most feared frontcourt duos in the league, and Jackson now gets the chance to lead a team and show what he's got. Don't sleep on the Pistons, even this season in the watered down East.

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Cleveland Cavaliers
Now that they're pretty much at full strength again, the Cavaliers are looking like the powerhouse many expected them to be before the season started.

Rewind to January 13rd and Cleveland was one game below .500 at 19-20. Now the Cavs are 35-22, having gone a very imrpessive 16-2 over their last 18 games overall - their only two losses came on the road against Chicago and Indiana. This Cleveland team is on a serious roll right now, with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love all producing at a high level. 

But, it's the "others guys" that have made the Cavs so dominant. J.R. Smith has been reborn in Cleveland and is playing the best basketball of his career, and Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov and Iman Shumpert are playing their parts too. It's scary to think that the best is yet to come, from the Cavaliers should only become more cohesive as the season wears on. That's not good news for the rest of the league.

 

NBA Pick
Though we think the Pistons have become a much more dangerous team in recent weeks, and now have bolstered by adding Jackson to the mix, it's hard to go against Cleveland with the way they've been performing.

Everyone sans Anderson Varejao is healthy for the Cavs and it's clear that they've built up a lot more chemistry and are finding their stride at the right time. A lot of their recent wins haven't even been close - they've been storming through the competition and it doesn't look like they're going to slow down anytime soon.

As a result, we're going to be rolling with Cleveland in this spot with our NBA picks. Some may be a little turned off by laying so many points on the road, but we think the in-form Cavaliers will get the job done.

NBA Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers -6.5 at 5Dimes

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