The Cleveland Cavaliers (10-27) look to snap their five-game losing streak when they challenge the Detroit Pistons (14-24) at Little Caesars Arena. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 9, 2020, and will air on Fox Sports – Detroit.
Detroit opened as a 7-point favorite, while the game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 221 points.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons ATS Prediction
The Pistons have emerged victorious in both matchups against the Cavaliers this year, escaping with a close 115-113 victory the last time these teams met. Detroit was unable to cover as a 3.5-point favorite and the game finished with a total of 228 points, which was 9.5 points above the projected point total of 218.5 points. The Pistons’ turnover percentage was their biggest strength over the Cavaliers. Detroit had a rate of 8.2, while Cleveland posted a mark of 14.8. Drummond recorded a double-double with 23 points and 20 rebounds.
Cleveland comes into the contest with records of 10-27 straight up (SU) and 15-20-2 against the spread (ATS). Games including the Cavaliers have a slight tendency to finish over the total (51.4 percent).
Meanwhile, Detroit is 14-24 SU and 14-22-2 ATS. Of the Pistons’ 38 games, 22 have finished over the total.
Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when two of the league’s slowest-paced teams battle. Detroit currently ranks 23rd in possessions per game (101.1) and Cleveland is 22nd (101.3).
Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons ATS Pick
Pick: ATS Winner – Cavaliers, O/U – Over
Cleveland is 7-9-1 ATS on the road with 9 overs and 8 unders.
At home, Detroit is 8-10 ATS with 12 overs, 5 unders and 1 push.
Detroit is 4-0 when they allow below 100 points, while Cleveland is 4-3.
When reaching the century mark, the Cavaliers are 9-17 and the Pistons are 13-17.
Detroit averages 48.5 points in the paint per game, which ranks ninth in the NBA. Cleveland ranks 29th in points allowed in the paint per game (52.1).
The Pistons rank 14th in assists per game (24.4) while the Cavaliers rank 28th in assists allowed per game (25.9).
Detroit ranks second in three pointers allowed per game (30.4) while Cleveland ranks 15th (33.7).
The Pistons rank 19th in blocks per game (4.7) while the Cavaliers rank last (3.3).
Detroit ranks 19th in steals per game (7.5) while Cleveland ranks 28th in steals allowed per game (8.8).
The Pistons rank 18th in fast break points per game (12.4) while the Cavaliers rank 26th (10.8).
Cleveland ranks 19th in rebounds per game (44.3) while Detroit ranks 27th (42.3).
The Pistons average 15.9 points off turnovers per game, which ranks 23rd in the NBA. The Cavaliers rank last in points off turnovers allowed per game (19.8).
Detroit ranks 10th in second chance points per game (13.6) while Cleveland ranks 14th in second chance points allowed per game (13.1).
Over its last five outings, Cleveland is 1-4 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.
Detroit is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders over its last five games.
The Cavaliers’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 11.0, up from 9.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Pistons have scored an average of 103.6 points per game (4.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 110.6 points per game (0.5 below their season average).