Detroit Pistons vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 3/4/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Detroit Pistons vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Detroit (+12)
The Cleveland Cavaliers will take on the Detroit Pistons at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Saturday. Detroit opens as 12-point underdogs from oddsmakers. The over/under has been set at 228.
The Pistons played the Bulls and took a loss by a final of 117-115 in their last game. When discussing personal fouls, the Pistons walked away with 23 and the Bulls accumulated 22 personal fouls. They also converted 12 of their 27 attempts from 3-point land. Chicago finished shooting 74.2% when shooting free throws by burying 23 of their 31 attempts. Additionally, Chicago collected 40 boards (10 offensive, 30 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Chicago earned 27 assists and had 9 steals in this matchup. Pertaining to defending, Detroit let their opponent shoot 48.2% from the field on 41 out of 85 shooting. They also distributed 23 assists for this contest in addition to forcing 15 turnovers and getting 8 steals. In regard to getting rebounds, they collected 40 with 7 of them being offensive. From the free throw line, the Pistons knocked down 23 of their 28 tries for a percentage of 82.1%. Detroit finished the game having earned a 50.0% field goal percentage (39 out of 78) and converted 14 of their 35 3-pointers.
Bojan Bogdanovic is a player who came through in this game. He accumulated 34 points on 11 out of 21 shooting. He was on the court for 39 mins and also grabbed 6 rebounds. Bogdanovic finished the game shooting 52.4% from the floor and also earned 3 assists.
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Detroit enters this matchup with a mark of 15-48 this year. They are averaging 111.8 pts per game (27th in the league) while going 45.5% from the floor. The Pistons are shooting 35.3% on shots from beyond the arc (733 of 2,079) and 77.2% from the charity stripe. As a team, Detroit is snagging 42.5 boards per game and has racked up 1,435 dimes for the year, which is 27th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They are giving up possession 15.0 times per game and as a squad they are committing 22.4 personal fouls per contest.
Defensively, the Pistons have forced 14.0 turnovers per game and they draw 21.6 personal fouls. They currently rank 20th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,613 conceded so far this season. The Pistons defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 49.0% (2,735 of 5,583) and they concede 44.9 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are giving up 36.3% on 3-point attempts and they are 29th in the league in points per game from their opponents (119.2).
In their last game, the Cavaliers took a loss by a score of 117-113 when they faced the Celtics. The Cavaliers were able to corral 28 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 38 in this matchup. They also turned it over 6 times, while getting 8 steals for this game. The Celtics committed 18 fouls in this matchup which got the Cavaliers to the free throw line for 21 tries. They were able to knock down 13 of the free throws for a rate of 61.9%. When it comes to three-point attempts, Cleveland knocked down 10 of their 32 attempts (31.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Cavaliers finished 45 out of 92 from the field which gave them a rate of 48.9%. The Cavaliers permitted the Celtics to make 39 out of their 78 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 50.0% for the matchup. They shot 50.0% from distance via 16 of 32 and finished the game at 23 out of 28 from the charity stripe (82.1%). In reference to rebounds, Cleveland allowed Boston to collect 43 in all (7 on the offensive side).
Donovan Mitchell was important for the Cavaliers for the game. Mitchell accumulated 44 points in his 44 mins on the court and totaled 5 dimes for the contest. He made 17 of 32 in the matchup giving him a rate of 53.1%, and had 4 rebounds.
Cleveland has a win-loss record of 39-26 this year. The Cavaliers commit 18.7 fouls per game and they go 77.9% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 24.9 times per game (17th in basketball) and they cough up possession 13.7 times per game. Cleveland has scored 7,276 pts for the year (111.9 per contest) and they pull in 41.8 boards per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Cavaliers are connecting on 48.8% from the field, which is 5th in basketball.
The Cavaliers on the defensive end are ranked 1st in the NBA in PPG given up with 106.7. They are forcing 15.1 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 46.6% from the field (7th in the league). The Cleveland defense gives up 37.2% on shots from 3-point land (745 of 2,002) and their opponents are connecting on 78.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They have relinquished 23.0 dimes and 40.4 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 3rd and 2nd in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Detroit (+12)
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