One of the most common themes you will hear from good teams entering the playoffs is about a perceived lack of respect. This is something that can certainly be applied to the Cleveland Cavaliers, as they have been the brunt of many a negative headline during the course of the regular season. The biggest knocks on this team are that they have under performed, despite winning the Eastern Conference, and that their big name guys are creating a divided locker room. Making a team feel disrespected can make them very dangerous indeed, and you get the real sense that this group came into the postseason with something to prove. The Cavaliers have a tricky first round opponent in the Detroit Pistons, and while Cleveland won their two home games to start the series, they know that they are about to enter a hostile environment for the next two games. The first of those are set for Friday night in Detroit, and you can wager on it at the MyBookie.ag NBA betting odds page.
How To Bet The Cavaliers vs Pistons NBA Playoff Odds, TV & Game Info
Why bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers
As mentioned earlier in this piece, a lot of the talk surrounding the Cavaliers this season has been about the egos in the locker room. So far, that has not spilled over onto the court in the opening two games. Kyrie Irving led the way in scoring in Game 1, LeBron was tops in Game 2, and Kevin Love delivered double digit rebounding stats to lead the way in both games. If that trio can continue to play at a high level, this series could be over pretty quickly. The one thing that Cleveland has to avoid heading into Game 3 are the road game lapses they had in the regular season. This was a team that often looked disjointed on the road, and allowing the Pistons to win Game 3 on Friday could make this a series again.
Why bet on the Detroit Pistons
The Pistons will be trying to take advantage of a Cleveland team that does not travel well when the series shifts to Detroit. The Palace at Auburn Hills is not a pleasant place for any team to visit, as it will be filled with a fan base that is sure to be baying for blood. The Pistons will be looking to get an early jump on the Cavs, as that is the best way to keep those fans engaged. They are also going to have to limit the outside shooting of Cleveland in this one, as it was those 3-pointers that did them in during Game 2. Nothing quiets a crowd quicker than a series of long range bombs hitting nothing but net.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Pistons are going to come out and take the game to the Cavaliers on Friday, but that is a storm that I think Cleveland can handle. I like the Cavs to win this one going away.
Cleveland Cavaliers 105 Detroit Pistons 99