Following their impressive top-seed clinching victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night at the Q, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be closing their regular season with a home tilt against the Detroit Pistons, the same team they are set to face in the first round of the Eastern Conference NBA playoffs. Get ready for this regular-season finale by reading the preview below, coming complete with free NBA betting lines picks to consider for today’s NBA wagers.
How to Bet The Pistons @ Cavaliers NBA Odds TV & Game Info
When: Wednesday, April 13, 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
TV: FSDT/ FSOH
NBA Odds: Cavs -125
Why Bet on Detroit
The Pistons (43-37) clinched a playoff spot courtesy of a 112-99 win over the Wizards early in the week, but they were unable to improve their playoff position on Tuesday, falling 99-93 at home to the Miami Heat. A big reason behind that loss was the absence of their leading scorer and assister, Reggie Jackson, who was out of Tuesday’s clash with an injury. And with Detroit set to stay at the 8th seed in the East whether or not they win at Cleveland, it is unlikely that Jackson (18.8 points and 6.2 assists per game) will be risked for the game. Detroit’s star center and the league’s leading rebounder, Andre Drummond (16.3 points and 14.8 rebounds per game) is also likely to be rested against the Cavs, or he will get very limited minutes. You can therefore expect a much-different starting lineup from the one you saw against Miami yesterday. That being said, Detroit is one of the best teams in the league on back-to-back games, and the Pistons’ solid defense has the potential to frustrate the Cavs (even without Drummond and company in the lineup), so it would not be a surprise if the visitors manage to keep this game close, if not deliver an outright upset.
Why Bet on Cleveland
LeBron James and his fellow starters, including Kyrie Irving, J.R. Smith and Kevin Love, have been in a hellish form lately and their seriousness was clearly showcased by the manner in which they dismantled Atlanta in Monday’s 109-94 victory at the Q. Don’t, however, expect to see King James and his Team A starters in today’s lineup, considering they already have the No. 1 seed locked up in the East. Instead, be on the lookout for Cleveland’s Team B taking to the court, with the likes of Mathew Dellavedova and Channing Frye leading the team. This, of course, shouldn’t be much of a worry to Cleveland fans, as the Cavs are the third-best home team in the league (33-7 at The Q this season) and Detroit is also likely to play a watered-down team, so the Cavs should do just fine in front of their home supporters.
Detroit at Cleveland Expert NBA Picks and Predictions
In a likely matchup between Cleveland’s Team B and Detroit’s Team B, I’ll easily go with the Wine and Gold, as they have better depth in terms of ball movement and a sharpshooting bench.
Final Score Prediction: Cleveland 97, Detroit 91.