Cleveland Cavaliers vs Detroit Pistons NBA Picks & Predictions 1/9/2020
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Detroit Pistons
Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Odds/Point Spread: Detroit -6.5
Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons (14-24, 3rd in the Central Division) host the Cleveland Cavaliers (10-27, 5th in the Central Division) at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday, January 9, 2020. Cleveland opens this matchup as 6.5 point dogs. The total is set at 221.
The Cavaliers are covering the spread 41.7% of the time, having gone 15-21-1 ATS. Detroit is covering 37.8% of the time, going 14-23-1 against the spread.
Key Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
01/07/20 PG Dante Exum Illness is questionable Thursday vs Detroit
01/06/20 SG Kevin Porter Jr. Knee is out indefinitely
01/03/20 PF Larry Nance Jr. Knee is out indefinitely
Key Detroit Pistons Injuries
12/26/19 SG Luke Kennard Knee is out indefinitely
10/29/19 PG Reggie Jackson Back is out indefinitely
01/07/20 PF Markieff Morris Foot is questionable Thursday vs Cleveland
01/06/20 PF Blake Griffin Knee is out indefinitely
Darius Garland comes into this contest averaging 11.8 points per game while playing 29.1 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 2.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 40% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 86%. Collin Sexton averages 18.5 points per game in 31.2 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.3 assists per contest and 3.1 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 83%.
Andre Drummond averages 17.5 points per game while playing 33.8 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 16.0 rebounds per game and has 2.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 53% and his free throw percentage is at 64%. Derrick Rose averages 17.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 25.0 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.2 rebounds per contest and 5.8 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage is 88%.
Useful Team Statistics
Cleveland averages 104.6 points per contest this season, which ranks them 27th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -9.0 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team, which has them ranked 20th. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 24th in the league. They average 44.3 rebounds per game and 21.4 assists per game, which ranks them 20th and 27th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 2nd with 16.4 per game. The Cavaliers allow 113.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 22nd in the league. They also allow a 48% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc, ranking them 29th and 27th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 43.5 rebounds a game which ranks 6th and they give up 25.9 assists per contest, which puts them in 28th place in the league. They force 12.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 4th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Detroit is 22nd in the league with 108.4 points per game this year. They are 10th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is -2.7. They shoot 37% from 3-point range, which is good for 3rd in the NBA. They are 28th in the league in rebounding with 42.3 boards per game, and 14th in assists per contest with 24.4. The Pistons are 5th in turnovers per game with 15.8. The Pistons surrender 111.1 points per contest, which ranks them 17th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 47% shooting percentage and a 38% average from 3-point range, ranking them 25th and 28th in those defensive statistics. They rank 23rd with 25.1 assists allowed per contest and 5th with 43.3 rebounds surrendered per game. The Pistons are 7th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.1 per game.
The Cavaliers are 25th in the league in defensive rating with 114.6, and their offensive rating of 105.6 is ranked 29th. They are 23rd in the NBA in pace with 98.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 22nd. As a unit they are 22nd in the league in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 18th in the NBA. Cleveland is 1st in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 56%, which is 1st in the NBA.
Detroit is 4th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 8th in the league. The Pistons are 17th in the NBA in offensive rating with 109.3, and their defensive rating of 112 is ranked 20th. In terms of pace they are 21st in the league with 99.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 7th. As a team they are 9th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shots, ranking 16th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Cavaliers/Pistons NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Cleveland +6.5
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