NBA Picks: Pistons To Rev Up Intensity In Their Visit To Cavaliers

Joe Gavazzi

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 7:03 PM GMT

The Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers clash for the second time in three nights on the north coast. Check inside for the analysis and NBA pick of the game.

Cleveland Cavaliers Preview
After winning 3 of 4 regular season games in Cleveland, including the finale on this court by a score of 112-110, Detroit showed no fear in Game 1 of their playoff series on Sunday. In fact, they led the contest till early in the 4th quarter.

The 106-101 Cleveland victory proved yet again that Detroit is a competitive match for the No.1 seed in the East. The world of NBA Playoff handicapping presents an entirely different set of circumstances. Tonight’s situation clearly favors Detroit.

Detroit Pistons Analysis
It may be asking a bit much for Detroit to win this game. LeBron has not lost a game in the 1stRound of the NBA Playoffs since 2012. Under replacement HC Lue, the Cavs exemplified the type of aggressive full court basketball that they have since mid-season.

The stats point that out, as one must note that Cleveland led 38-24 with points in the paint and had a commanding 19-2 edge off TOs. Last year, James was forced to do it on his own in leading the Cavs to the NBA Playoff Final Series vs. Golden St.

This year, Love and Irving are now healthy and combine with James to form just as fearsome a triumvirate as LeBron had in his time in Miami with Bosh and Wade. In Game 1, Irving scored 31 points, Love recorded 28, while James chipped in with 22 points and an important 11 assists.

Yet, just as they have the entire season, Cleveland showed the propensity to allow inferior opposition to hang around longer than necessary in that first game. Even playing for “right back revenge,” the Cavs were never in a position for a blowout victory.

Though Detroit may not knock down 15/29 triples in this game, the Pistons still have extreme confidence with Drummond on the interior and Jackson at the point to make this a competitive game once again.

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Final Overview
Last night, flip-flop road dogs went 0-2 ATS. But, that cannot take away from the fact they are still 40-23 ATS in the last 2+ years. Throw in the fact that double digits road dogs, off a series loss, have long been highly profitable as well and you have the makings of a solid play with a team whose been the series dominator this year.

I invite you to put the NBA odds in your favor and join me in my NBA picks on the Detroit Pistons this evening.

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Free NBA Pick: Detroit Pistons +600
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