Cleveland (8-2) at Detroit (5-5)
When: Tuesday, November 17th 2015
Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
Time: 7:35 ET | TV: FS-Ohio, FS-Detroit
The Cleveland Cavaliers eight-game winning streak was snapped on Saturday in Milwaukee in a thrilling 108-105 double-overtime loss. Lebron James again was his dominant self pouring in 37 points on 13-of-27 shooting and also grabbed 12 rebounds. James did commit seven of Cleveland’s 21 turnovers in the game and is averaging five turnovers a game in his last three. Cleveland has been living on the edge in recent games having to comeback late in games before finally losing Saturday. Guard Mo Williams put together consecutive 20 point nights, but went 2-of-8 on Saturday and scored just four points. Kevin Love continues to show little effects from his shoulder injury. He’s averaging almost 35 minutes a game and is averaging 17.2 points and 12.1 rebounds. The Cavs still have a game and a half lead of Chicago in the Central division and get their next three at home after tonight’s game in Detroit including a rematch with Milwaukee on Thursday.
The Detroit Pistons were the surprise team in the early going starting off 5-1, but they have since lost four in a row to even their record at 5-5. They are coming home from a six-game West Coast trip in which they won the first two and dropped the last four and have failed to score 100 points in each of those loses. Point guard Reggie Jackson shot just 38.3% in the four games and totaled 17 turnovers before being benched in the fourth quarter on Sunday. He’s not the only one that has gone cold. F Marcus Morris is 3-of-20 from 3-point range over his last five games. The only player that’s filling up the stat sheet is Andre Drummond. He leads the Pistons in rebounds, FG%, blocks, and steals. His 19 rebounds a game far and away leads the NBA and has yet to finish a game with single-digit boards. The Pistons sit in last place in the Central division, but are only three behind Cleveland and a win tonight could build back some of the momentum they lost in California.
Detroit just got tired toward the end of their road trip and a fresh start back home is just what they need. The Cavs come calling and the Pistons will be ready with their 8th ranked defense.
Pick: Pistons +5