NBA Picks: Back Cavaliers To Beat Pistons Comfortably At Home

Joe Gavazzi

Saturday, April 16, 2016 3:52 PM GMT

Pistons travel to Cleveland to face Cavaliers in Round 1 of the 2016 NBA Playoff series.  This is a rematch of a game played Wednesday night on this court. Check out our NBA pick for the game.

That may well provide upstart Detroit with some surprising confidence against the Eastern Conference defending champs. On the other hand, forewarned may be forearmed for this Cleveland team, who will surely play with far more focus and intensity now that the playoffs are here.

In fact, I expect such to be exactly the case, as the Cavs romp to a statement making, double digit victory in this game which would far belie their regular season lack of success as double digit home chalk.

 

Detroit Pistons Overview
The Detroit Pistons are one of the surprise stories in the NBA this season. Led by veteran HC Stan VanGundy, this Pistons team, who went just 32-50 SU last year and expected to win a modest 36 games this season, broke from the gate early and never looked back.

With a record of 44-38 SU, Detroit was able to garner this No.8 playoff spot with a record that was 2 games better than perennial playoff combatant, the Chicago Bulls. Detroit is led on the interior by fierce defender and rebounder, Drummond. The Cavs are well aware of his influence on the game.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers Preview
A mid-season coaching change to Tyronn Lue was meant to make Cleveland a more efficient team in the open court. These playoffs will be the proving ground to see if they have succeeded in that mission.

The Cavs are the Eastern Conference defending champions who showed admirably in losing the Championship series to Golden St. last year, despite a pair of key injured contributors in PG Irving and Kevin Love sidelined for that series.

With all hands now on deck, there is little doubt that the Cavs will again advance to that Championship series. They have all the components led by superstar LeBron James to get the job done.

Final Analysis
Game 1 of this series figures to be a statement game for Cleveland. Not only is this veteran experienced playoff team matching up against a Detroit team who was not in the playoffs last year, but they are also facing a team who beat them Wednesdaynight on their home court.

Very good chance that Cleveland makes this a statement game played with huge intensity and passion to deliver a strong message, not only to Detroit but the rest of the league as well. I invite you to put the NBA odds in your favor and join me in my NBA pick on the Cleveland Cavaliers this afternoon.

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Free NBA Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers -10.5 (-105)
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