A pair of conference rivals face off on Monday, March 18 as the Cavaliers (17-53, 11-24 home) host the Pistons (35-33, 13-20 away) at 7:00 p.m. EST at Quicken Loans Arena.
These two teams have met three times in 2018-19, with the Pistons winning on three occasions. The last time they played on March 2nd, 2019, Detroit won 129-93 behind 26 points from Luke Kennard.
The Pistons began the day as 6.5-point favorites for this game, with an over/under total of 214. That’s a sizeable point spread, so think twice if you’re thinking of letting it all ride on the Pistons. Detroit is 34-32-2 against the spread this season and 32-36-0 over/under. Cleveland, meanwhile, is 32-36-2 ATS and 37-33-0 over/under.
Detroit enters the game ranked 11th in the league in defensive rating. They’re giving up 107.6 points per game and are holding opposing teams to 49.0% from the floor and 34.0% from deep. Offensively, they’re averaging 107.2 points and are 15th in rebounds and 26th in assists.
On the flip side, Cleveland ranks 26th in offensive rating. The Cavaliers are averaging 104.0 points per game on 42.0% shooting and are 25th in rebounds and 28th in assists. Defensively, they’re giving up 113.4 points per game and are first in field goals allowed and 29th in three-pointers allowed.
Both clubs have been busy lately. The Cavaliers are fresh off of a 121-116 loss against the Mavericks in Dallas in which they were 15 for 38 from deep and won the war on the glass 48-47.
The Pistons, meanwhile, are fresh off a 111-97 win versus the Lakers in Detroit in which they handed out 26 assists and came up with five swipes. Langston Galloway torched the Lakers for 23 points.
Overall, the Pistons have won seven of their last ten games and are sixth in the Eastern Conference, while the Cavaliers have lost seven of their previous ten and are 14th in the Eastern Conference.