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NBA Betting Pick and Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Detroit Pistons

December 2, 2023

The Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to Detroit, Michigan to face the Detroit Pistons at the Little Caesars Arena on Saturday evening with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 PM ET, and the game will air on Bally Sports Detroit and Bally Sports Ohio.

The Cavaliers started the season off with a record of 1-3, however, they have won nine of their last ten matchups to improve their record to 10-9 which puts them in 8th place in the Eastern Conference, however, they saw their two-game winning streak come to an end on Thursday with a 95-103 loss at home against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Cleveland Cavaliers like to play at a slower tempo than the average team in the NBA which is why they have been one of the lowest-scoring teams while allowing one of the fewest points per game this season as they enter this game averaging the 6th fewest points per game in the NBA with an average of 110.84 points per game while allowing the 11th fewest points per game in the league with an average of 111.88 points per game. The Cavaliers will look to bounce back following their loss on Thursday when they travel to face the Detroit Pistons.

The Detroit Pistons enter this game with the worst record in the NBA with a record of 2-17 and are on a 16-game losing streak while going winless in December as their last win came on October 28th at home against the Chicago Bulls by a score of 118-102. The Pistons have been the 4th lowest-scoring team in the league as they enter this game averaging 109.58 points per game while allowing the 7th most points per game with an average of 118.53 points per game. Cade Cunningham has been one of the lone bright spots on the team as he leads the team in scoring and assists with an average of 22.3 points and 7.1 assists per game. The Pistons will try to end their losing streak when they face one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference, the Cleveland Cavaliers, at home on Saturday night.

BookMaker has the Cleveland Cavaliers listed as 9-point favorites on the road against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday evening. Cleveland has won seven of the last ten including the previous six meetings. Both teams are 5-5 ATS in the last ten while the Cavaliers are 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Cleveland Cavaliers are 7-11-1 ATS overall, 4-4 ATS on the road, and 3-8-1 ATS as a favorite this season while the Detroit Pistons are 8-11 ATS overall, 3-6 ATS at home, and 8-9 ATS as an underdog on the year.

The Cleveland Cavaliers enter this game with a better record and have been the better team in the series, winning seven of the last ten including the previous six meetings in a row. The Cavaliers have also been the better team most recently in the series at covering the spread as they are 4-1 TS in the last five games in the series. I look for those trends to continue which is why I am laying the points with the Cleveland Cavaliers when they travel to face the Detroit Pistons. 

Spooky Express Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers -9