Pistons Are Live Dogs Against Ailing Cavaliers

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Swinging Johnson

Monday, March 5, 2018 3:15 PM GMT

Monday, Mar. 5, 2018 3:15 PM GMT

The Detroit Pistons limp into Cleveland having lost five of their last six, while the Cavaliers hope to snap a two-game losing skid of their own as they cling to the third seed in the East. Let’s review the NBA odds on this matchup Monday. 

Detroit (29-34 SU, 27-34-2 ATS) at Cleveland (36-26 SU, 19-42-1 ATS)Free NBA Pick: Pistons +7Best Line Offered: JustBet

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  • Cleveland is 0-4 ATS in their last four games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5.
  • Cleveland is 3-23 ATS in their last 26 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
  • Cleveland is 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games playing on one day’s rest.
  • Detroit is 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5.
  • Detroit is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games as a road underdog of 5.0-10.5.
  • Detroit is 11-2 ATS in their last 13 road games vs. a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600.

The Cavaliers are now 4-4 straight up and 3-5 against the spread since the additions of Jordan Clark, George Hill, Rodney Hood and Larry Nance Jr and have dropped their last two against Philadelphia and Denver, both as home chalk. You never seem to know who will show up for the Cavs, but in this matchup we know that starting center Tristan Thompson, backup Jeff Green as well as Kevin Love will not make an appearance due to injuries. Thompson suffered an ankle sprain in Saturday’s 126-117 loss to the Nuggets, while Green has been suffering with a lingering back issue. Love has been out since breaking his hand in a game against Detroit in January. Therefore, Nance Jr. will be thrust into Thompson’s role tonight and that will be a daunting task with Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond down low for Detroit.

The last time these clubs met back on Jan. 30, the Pistons rolled to a 125-114 win in Detroit and Blake Griffin had yet to don his Piston’s uniform. However, Detroit has not gotten the intended bounce from the addition of the five-time NBA All-Star. The Pistons have gone 6-8 since Griffin joined the team, but the real damage has been done to bettors backing Detroit in their NBA picks in those 14 games with a money-burning 2-12 ATS record.

I will agree it is difficult to back either one of these teams at this moment, but the NBA odds makers continue to saddle LeBron James' crew with long spreads because the casual bettor believes that Cleveland will eventually break out and be the Cavaliers of old. Well, Kyrie Irving is not walking through that Cavaliers’ clubhouse door anytime soon, and the revolving door of players has not helped the cause in Cleveland. Detroit has played the Cavaliers tough even when they were in championship form as evidenced by their 8-7 ATS record over the last three seasons.

Just five weeks ago Detroit dribbled away with an 11-point victory over the Cavs and as I look at the morning line I see JustBet dealing the home favorite as a 7-point favorite despite the fact that their starting center will be sidelined. A quick look at the betting trends above show Cleveland is a hellacious 3-23 ATS in its last 26 home games versus teams with a losing road record, while Detroit is 11-2 ATS in its last 13 road games vs. a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600.

Not surprisingly, I see the line is tumbling at many of the major online sportsbooks as the sharps get down on the road dog here, so don’t wait. Grab that prime line at JustBet and watch the Pistons cover the number in Cleveland tonight.

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