Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons - 2/24/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons - 2/24/22 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Pistons (13-45) vs Cleveland Cavaliers (35-23)

Game Info: Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)

Betting Odds: Detroit Pistons +7.5 -- Over/Under: 211 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Cleveland Cavaliers pay a visit to the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday night.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in great shape as they had won eight of their past 12 games going into the All-Star break, but they will be hoping to get back in the win column after falling short to the Hawks in a 124-116 road loss on Feb 15. Darius Garland led the team with 30 points and eight assists, Evan Mobley added 22 points with 10 rebounds and four assists while Kevin Love drained five 3-pointers to finish with 21 points off the bench. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 51 percent from the field and 16 of 41 from the 3-point line, but their defense wasn’t on point on this occasion as they allowed 66 points in the first half, before fading away in the fourth quarter where the Hawks used a pivotal 14-6 run to pull away and run away late. Caris LeVert had a quiet game of just nine points on four of 12 shooting while Cedi Osman chipped in with just six points.

Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons have been in a terrible slump as they’ve lost 12 of their past 14 games overall, but they will be feeling a little better after putting an end to an eight-game slide with a 112-111 road win over the Celtics last Wednesday. Jerami Grant led the team in scoring with 24 points on eight of 13 shooting, Saddiq Bey added 20 points with 11 rebounds and six assists while Cade Cunningham tallied 20 points with eight rebounds and six assists. As a team, the Pistons shot 46 percent from the field and 16 of 30 from the 3-point line as they trailed the Celtics for most of the game before coming back into the contest with 36 points in the third quarter and they had to fight till the end where Grant drained the go-ahead basket with 19.6 seconds left on the clock to steal the game late.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight road games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games playing on three or more days’ rest. The Pistons are 1-5 ATS in their last six games as an underdog, 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.

Head to head, the over is 12-3-1 in the last 16 meetings overall and the Cavaliers are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings overall.

The Cavaliers are going to be shorthanded in the backcourt for this one as Darius Garland and Caris LeVert are both out, while the Pistons are just about at full strength for this one with Frank Jackson expected to be available. The Cavaliers are still the clear favorites in this one, but they are only 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight road games, so I’m taking the Pistons with the points in what could be an ugly, low-scoring affair.

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Peter’s Pick Detroit +7.5

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