Cleveland vs Detroit NBA Betting Guide
The Cleveland Cavaliers enter the 2016 NBA playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference, and they have the eight-seed Detroit Pistons in the conference quarterfinals. The series begins in Cleveland on Sunday afternoon, at 3:00pm Eastern time, on ABC. Interestingly, the Detroit Pistons won three of the four meetings between the teams during the regular season, and they did not rank far behind the Cavaliers in defensive efficiency for the season, so this could be a more competitive series than the usual 1-vs-8. Find out the latest NBA betting spread here.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Detroit Pistons NBA Betting Guide
Why should you bet on Detroit to win?
Detroit was sputtering until they picked up Tobias Harris from Orlando at the trade deadline. In his 27 games with Detroit, Harris has shot 38 percent from downtown and put up 16.6 points per game. The Pistons run the pick and roll with Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond, and now they have a crew of talented shooters who are ready to catch a dish and jack it up from downtown — or get a defender up in the air and jet toward the rim. This is the Pistons’ first appearance in the postseason in seven years, and they are likely to make the most of it. They love to grab offensive rebounds — they were second in the NBA in second chance points, and if Andre Drummond can get inside Tristan Thompson enough, the Pistons can give Cleveland some real headaches.
Why should you put your money on the Cavaliers to win?
Even if you clog up the lane and make it hard for LeBron to crash down the lane or Kyrie Irving to cross over the opposition and drive, the Cavaliers have players like Channing Frye, Kevin Love, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert spotting up and waiting for a pass so they can drain a three-ball. The Cavs were third in the NBA in three-point attempts this year, the majority from the short corners. Detroit is good at cutting off those shorter long ball attempts, but the Cavaliers will test them. Obviously, the key is LeBron, who is averaging 28.4 points per game, 8 boards and 8.5 assists per game in the last ten games and appears focused on dominating the playoffs.
Expert Pick and Final Series Prediction
I think Detroit will push the Cavs hard, but Cleveland will eventually prevail. I’m picking Cleveland in six.