Detroit Pistons versus Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Playoffs Game 1
Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Detroit Pistons in Round 1 of a best of 7 series in the NBA Playoffs. The #1 seeded Cleveland Cavaliers are an overwhelming favorite to win this series as they are priced at –2200 to beat the Pistons in this playoff series with backers of the underdog Pistons earning +1500. The opening game of this series will tip off at Cleveland on Saturday at 3PM Eastern Time with national TV coverage provided by ABC. The opening line for round 1 provided by LVSC has the Cleveland Cavaliers as a 10-point home favorite and the over under coming in at 177. There has been heavy early play on the favored Cavaliers as the line has moved 2 points to the Cavaliers as a current 12 point favorite at Bookmaker.com where the originates. The early money has been placed on the under as the total is now lined at 175 ½.
The Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers have met 4 times this season with the Cavaliers winning 3 of 4. Cleveland has beat Detroit twice at home this season taking a 99-78 decision as a 9 point favorite on February 22nd and 79-73 as a victory as a 10 point favorite on March 31st.
Piston guard Allen Iverson has been declared out for the season with a back injury. Cavalier power forward Ben Wallace is sporting a strained tendon in his knee, which forced him to miss the past 2 games. Wallace has only seen action in 2 of the Cavaliers past 26 games and is regarded as Cleveland’s best defender in the paint.
The Cavaliers sports the best scoring defense in the league allowing a mere 91.3 points per game. Cleveland limits their opponents to only 43% shooting which is second in the league. On offense with the addition of Mo Williams this season the Cavaliers are second in the league from the three-point line hitting on 39.2% from beyond the arc. Detroit stresses perimeter defense as they only allow their opponents to average 14.98 three-point shots per game ranking them second in the league. The Pistons do a poor job of getting to the free throw line as they attempt 22.5 shots per game from the charity stripe ranking 27th in the league.
Trend: The Under is 8-0 in their past 8 meetings