Detroit Pistons vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: 12/26/2020 Matchup Betting Preview, Computer Picks, Odds and Trends

Written by on December 26, 2020

The Detroit Pistons (0-1) host the Cleveland Cavaliers (1-0) in a matchup of Central Division teams at Little Caesars Arena, tipping off at 7:00 PM ET on Saturday, December 26, 2020. The Pistons are 2.5-point favorites in the game, the first matchup between the teams this season. The point total for the matchup is set at 215.5.

Betting Information

Pistons vs Cavaliers Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Pistons -2.5 -110 -110 215.5 -110 -110
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Head to Head

Detroit has a 6-4 record in the last 10 head-to-head matchups with Cleveland. The Cavaliers have a 3-1 edge against the spread when squaring off against the Pistons.

Pistons vs Cavaliers in 2020-21
Date Favorite Home Team Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
1/27/2020 Pistons Pistons -6.5 214 -259 211 Regular Season 115-100 CLE
1/9/2020 Pistons Pistons -7.5 221.5 -309 243 Regular Season 115-112 CLE
1/7/2020 Pistons Cavaliers -3.5 219.5 -159 131 Regular Season 115-113 DET
12/3/2019 Pistons Cavaliers -3.5 216.5 -158 132 Regular Season 127-94 DET
3/18/2019 Cavaliers Regular Season 126-119 CLE
3/2/2019 Cavaliers Regular Season 129-93 DET
11/19/2018 Pistons Regular Season 113-102 DET
10/25/2018 Pistons Regular Season 110-103 DET
3/5/2018 Cavaliers Regular Season 112-90 CLE
1/30/2018 Pistons Regular Season 125-114 DET
  • 1/27/2020 DNP – Pistons: Derrick Rose, Luke Kennard, Blake Griffin
  • 1/9/2020 DNP – Pistons: Luke Kennard, Blake Griffin, Reggie Jackson
  • 1/7/2020 DNP – Pistons: Luke Kennard, Blake Griffin, Reggie Jackson
  • 12/3/2019 DNP – Pistons: Reggie Jackson
  • Pistons Betting Information

    • Detroit struggled against the spread, going 27-37-1 last year.
    • The Pistons struggled to cover, going just 7-10 ATS when favored by at least 2.5 points.
    • More often than not, Detroit and its foes united to reach the over, cashing in on 38 of 65 chances last season.
    Bet on the Detroit Pistons to win the NBA Championship.

    Cavaliers Betting Information

    • Cleveland failed to cover the spread in more than half of its outings, going 30-33-2 ATS.
    • When they were at least 2.5-point underdogs, the Cavaliers had a record ATS of 0-2.
    • In the majority of Cleveland’s games this season, the teams combined to hit the over (36 out of 65 games, 55.4%).
    Bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the NBA Championship.

    Over/Under Analysis

    • In 40 of 66 opportunities (60.6%) last year, the Pistons and their opponents combined for this matchup’s over/under of 215.5 points.
    • Cleveland played in 42 games last season (out of 65 total matchups — 64.6% of opportunities) where they and their opponents combined to score at least 215.5 points.
    • The Pistons and the Cavaliers combined to average 1.4 fewer points per game last year than the total of 215.5 set for this matchup.
    • Opponents of these teams averaged a combined 225.6 points per game last season, 10.1 more than the over/under in this matchup.
    • The average point total for Pistons games last year was 2.5 more points than the total of 215.5 in this matchup.
    • The average total for Cavaliers games last season was 6.2 more points than the point total of 215.5 in this outing.
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    Pistons Leaders

    • Derrick Rose averaged 18.1 points per game last season while adding 5.6 assists.
    • Mason Plumlee grabed 5.2 rebounds per game.
    • Svi Mykhailiuk had a strong showing from beyond the arc a season ago. He hit 2.1 shots from deep per game.
    • Delon Wright nicked 1.2 steals per game. Jerami Grant collected 0.8 blocks a game.

    Cavaliers Leaders

    • Collin Sexton averaged 20.8 points per game last season.
    • Andre Drummond notched 15.8 rebounds per game and Darius Garland averaged 3.9 assists per game .
    • Kevin Love had a solid showing from long distance a season ago. He made 2.6 shots from deep per game.
    • Drummond recorded 2.0 steals and 1.7 blocks per game.
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