Cavaliers vs Pistons Prediction - NBA Picks 12/2/23

Detroit Pistons (2-17) vs Cleveland Cavaliers (10-9)

Game Info: Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)

Betting Odds: Detroit Pistons +8.5 -- Over/Under: 223.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Cleveland Cavaliers invade Little Caesars Arena to take on the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night. Here's our Cavaliers vs Pistons prediction.

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in good shape as they've won six of their last nine games overall and they will be hoping to bounce back here after getting beaten by the Trail Blazers in a 103-95 loss on Thursday. Donovan Mitchell led the team with 23 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and four steals, Evan Mobley added 20 points on nine of 14 shooting while Darius Garland chipped in with 15 points and seven assists. As a team, the Cavaliers shot just 42 percent from the field and seven of 32 from the 3-point line as they enjoyed a quick start and built a 16-point lead, only to get outscored by 63-49 in the second half to allow the Trail Blazers to chase them down with time to spare. Caris LeVert had a night to forget as he scored just five points on two of nine shooting off the bench.

Cleveland Cavaliers Player Facts

  • Donovan Mitchell ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for steals per game (2.1) this season.
  • Jarrett Allen ranks 3rd amongst qualified players for FG% (67.6%) this season.

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Detroit Pistons

Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons have been ice-cold lately as they are now hoping to put an end to a 16-game losing streak after getting beaten by the Knicks in a 118-112 road loss on Thursday. Cade Cunningham led the team with 31 points and eight assists on 12 of 20 shooting, Killian Hayes added 23 points on 10 of 13 shooting while Marcus Sasser chipped in with 17 points off the bench. As a team, the Pistons shot 53 percent from the field and 15 of 35 from the 3-point line as they exploded for 37 points in the second quarter to rally back from an early 16-point deficit to lead early in the fourth quarter, only to see the Knicks use a 15-7 run to pull away in a tight finish.

Detroit Pistons Player Facts

  • Cade Cunningham ranks 8th amongst qualified players for assists per game (7.1) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pistons rank 30th in the league for steals per game this season (5.9).
  • The Pistons rank 29th in the league for point differential per game this season (-9.0).
  • The Cavaliers rank 26th in the league for points per game this season (110.8).
  • The Cavaliers rank 26th in the league for opponent offensive rebounds per game this season (11.8).

Cavaliers vs Pistons prediction

The Cavaliers are shorthanded here as Dean Wade, Ty Jerome and Caris LeVert are all out, while the Pistons are still without Monte Morris and Joe Harris for this one. The Cavaliers come into this one as the team in better shape, but their confidence took a hit after getting beaten by the slumping Trail Blazers on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Pistons have shown signs of life lately, but it's hard to get too confident about a team on a 16-game losing streak. The line is hefty for this one, but I like the Cavaliers to get the win and cover on the road.

Peter’s Pick Cleveland -8.5

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