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The Detroit Pistons have gotten off to a sluggish start to begin the season, quickly falling below the .500 mark and out of the early playoff picture. The Pistons are coming off a strong performance in a convincing win over the San Antonio Spurs.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have continued to drag fall further south as one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers are heading into the contest after falling to the Milwaukee Bucks.
All of this sets up a chance for both teams to get in the right direction on Tuesday night.
Pistons hoping to get out of early-season funkComing off a campaign where the Pistons just missed the playoffs, it has been a lackluster start to the year that has seen that disappointment carry over. Granted, the team had begun the first couple of weeks without All-Star forward Blake Griffin in the mix, it hasn't been anywhere near the type of season that the team was hoping to put together. They have been the wrong side of the ledger more often than not this year, including losing three out of their last five games. It has been due to their inconsistent play offensively despite having some reliable piece on that end of the floor. Griffin has struggled to get his footing to begin the year, currently averaging 18.5 points on 41.9 percent from the floor and 23.9 percent from beyond the arc through his first eight games played.
It's clear that Griffin is still working is way back into form that will take more time to get back into a rhythm to produce like the bonafide scorer that he has proven to be throughout his career. Meanwhile, big man Andre Drummond has maintained his dominance on the glass averaging 17.1 points and 17.1 rebounds while shooting 50.9 percent from the floor. Drummond has been a highly consistent option, with the bulk of his work coming behind rebounding. Meanwhile, offseason addition Derrick Rose has begun to find some rhythm this year averaging 16.3 points and 5.6 assists while shooting 49.8 percent from the floor and 38.2 percent from beyond the arc. With a matchup ahead against one of the worst teams in the conference, it could be what they need to get back on track.
Cavaliers' youth struggling to break throughIt has been yet another disappointing start out of the gate for the Cavaliers, where they have quickly fallen below the .500 mark while dropping four out of their last five contests. The move to embrace the youth movement on their roster has resulted in many growing pains as the season has worn along. It's been an approach that the franchise has had to embrace once LeBron James made the decision to leave for elsewhere in free agency. The team has put together a roster with some young and promising talent, but that hasn't equated much consistent success on the court. In fact, the team has struggled to get the ball rolling offensively, averaging just 104.7 points on 43.7 percent shooting from the floor.
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Second-year point guard Collin Sexton has been their leading scorer this season, averaging 17.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting from the floor. Sexton has provided a consistent scoring punch in the last five games, putting at least 14 points in each contest while shooting at least 50 percent twice over that span. Former All-Star big man Kevin Love has stepped in as their consistent factor in the frontcourt averaging a double-double with 17.3 points and 11.1 rebounds while shooting 44.6 percent from the floor. However, it has been their lack of reliable production across the board that has prevented them from getting any type of significant footing towards moving in the right direction. That trend should continue at home against the Pistons.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Cleveland is 2-6 ATS in their last eight contests when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Cleveland is 2-7 ATS in their last nine games overall.
- Cleveland is 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against the Eastern Conference.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
This is a contest between two teams that have each had their own fair share of struggles to begin the year. However, the Pistons may have some light at the end of the tunnel for their season with their core group working their way into form. It could be a chance for Griffin to getting some footing offensively away from the struggles that he has had in his first several games back on the floor. Ultimately, it comes down to being unable to trust the Cavaliers at this point. Their youth has plenty of room for growth, and that will show against the Pistons.
Prediction: Detroit -2.5
Full-Game Total Pick
These two teams have each had tremendous struggles offensively as the season has worn on. The Cavaliers have towards being one of the worst scoring squads in the league. Cleveland has notched 110 or fewer points in each of their last five games. Meanwhile, the Pistons should hold their end of the deal, but they have been in a significant offensive rut. Beyond their blowout win over the Spurs, it has been much of the same. In four out of the last five contests, Detroit has tallied 107 or fewer points. All of that simply means is this will be a lower-scoring affair.
Prediction: Under 214.5