The NBA is set up with a great slate of games throughout April 19. Nine games are up on the board throughout Monday night. One of these games will be between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Detroit Pistons. These two teams have struggled this season, but will look to finish with some pride. This game will tip off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
Cleveland has earned a record of 20-36 throughout this season, which has them in thirteenth place of the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers are three games out of a playoff spot and still could make a push with a strong conclusion to the season. Cleveland has lost back to back games and four of their last five. The Cavaliers will look to get back on track with a win in this one.
The Pistons have put up a record of 17-40 to this point in the season, which has them in last place of the Eastern Conference. Detroit has struggled to find any consistency this season and will look to finish strong at least. The Pistons are coming off a loss and have lost three of their last four. Detroit will look to knock off the Cavs though in this one.
These two teams are a bit out of the playoffs late in this season, but will look to earn a nice win on Monday night. The Cavaliers have been a bit better this season and it has shown in their games against Detroit so far. The Pistons will look to take care of business at home though to finish the season series out with a win against their rival.
The Cavaliers and the Pistons have met up twice so far this season. Detroit hosted the first game of the season series on December 26. Jerami Grant dropped 28 points and 10 rebounds. Blake Griffin added 26 points, but the Pistons came up short. Collin Sexton finished with 32 points, while Andre Drummond scored 23 points and 16 rebounds. Cleveland earned a 128-119 win on the road.
The second game of the season series shifted to Cleveland on January 27. Jerami Grand scored 26 points on the night, which was not enough to give the Pistons the win. Collin Sexton dropped 29 points, while Andre Drummond finished with 23 points and 16 rebounds. Taurean Prince put up 16 points off the bench to help lift the Cavaliers to a 122-107 win.
Detroit has struggled against the Cavaliers this season. Cleveland has won four games in a row against the Pistons and will look to keep it up in this one. The Cavaliers had more scoring from their depth in the first two games and will look for players to step up again in this one. Detroit will need some players to add support with Grant if they want to pull off the win.
Field Goal Shooting
Cleveland has not been great shooting the ball throughout this season. The Cavaliers have shot 45.2 percent from the field, which is 22nd in the league. Cleveland has made 34 percent of their shots from deep this season, which is 29th in the NBA. The Cavaliers have been shooting 74 percent from the free throw line, which is 27th in the league.
The Pistons have not been any better shooting the ball so far this season. Detroit has drained 44.9 percent of their shots from the field, which is 25th in the NBA. The Pistons have been making 35.5 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 22nd in the league. Detroit has sunk 77.1 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 19th in the NBA.
These two teams have not been great shooting the ball throughout this season. Neither team has been great on defense either. Detroit has held opposing teams to a 47.8 percent from the field, which is 26th in the league. The Cavaliers have allowed their opponents to make 48 percent of their shots, which is 28th in the NBA.
Collin Sexton has been the leader for the Cavaliers this season. Sexton has averaged 24 points per game. Darius Garland is averaging 17 points and 6 assists per game. Jarrett Allen has averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Kevin Love is averaging 11 points per game. Taurean Prince rounds out the lineup, averaging 10 points per game.
Jerami Grant has been really strong with the Pistons throughout this season. Grant is averaging 22.5 points per game. Josh Jackson has averaged 13.5 points. Saddiq Bey is averaging 11.5 points, while Cory Joseph has averaged 11 points per game. Mason Plumlee and Hamidou Diallo are both averaging 10 points per game this season.
These two teams have had a player help lead them throughout this season, but their depth has not been great. Cleveland has had a bit better scoring from the top of their lineup, but Detroit has been a bit deeper in terms of scoring. These two teams will need some players to step up though if they want to pull away on Monday night.
Cleveland has played really well against the Pistons throughout this season, but I think Detroit will bounce back with a win in this one. The Pistons have a bit better of a lineup and are a tad bit better shooting and defending. If Detroit can come out quickly at home in this one, it could be enough to grab a nice win to finish out this season series.
BetOnline has the Pistons listed as a -1 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to Detroit at home in this one. The Pistons have not been great this season, but I think they can knock off the Cavaliers in this one. Cleveland has won four in a row against Detroit, which I do not think will hold up with how these two teams have played this season. I like the Pistons to cover at home.