Pistons vs Cavaliers: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – 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 favorites in the game, the first matchup between the squads this season. The over/under is in the matchup.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from DraftKings sportsbook as of December 26, 2020, 1:06 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Pistons vs Cavaliers Betting Odds

Injury Report as of December 26

Pistons: None

Cavaliers:
Kevin Love: Day To Day (Calf),
Dante Exum: Day To Day (Hip),
Dylan Windler: Out (Wrist),
Kevin Porter Jr.: Out (Personal),
Matthew Dellavedova: Out (Concussion)

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Pistons Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Derrick Rose 50 18.1 2.4 5.6 0.8 0.3 0.9
Blake Griffin 18 15.5 4.7 3.3 0.4 0.4 1.5
Jerami Grant 71 12.0 3.5 1.2 0.7 0.8 1.4
Josh Jackson 22 9.0 3.0 1.6 0.8 0.4 1.0
Svi Mykhailiuk 56 9.0 1.9 1.9 0.7 0.1 2.1

Cavaliers Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Collin Sexton 65 20.8 3.2 3.0 1.0 0.1 1.5
Andre Drummond 49 17.8 15.8 2.8 2.0 1.7 0.0
Kevin Love 56 17.6 9.8 3.2 0.6 0.3 2.6
Darius Garland 59 12.3 1.9 3.9 0.7 0.1 1.8
Cedi Osman 65 11.0 3.6 2.4 0.8 0.2 1.9

Shooting Trends

  • The Pistons shot 45.9% from the field last season, 3.2 percentage points lower than the 49.1% the Cavaliers allowed to opponents.
  • Detroit went 11-6 against the spread and 11-6 overall when it shot higher than 49.1% from the field.
  • Cleveland’s record was 15-5-1 against the spread and 14-7 overall when its opponents made more than 45.9% of their shots from the field.
  • The Cavaliers shot 45.8% from the field, 2.2% lower than the 48% the Pistons’ opponents shot last season.
  • Last season, Cleveland had a 16-7 record against the spread and an 11-12 record overall in games the team collectively shot above 48% from the field.
  • When Detroit’s opponents shot higher than 45.8% from the field last season, it was 15-10 against the spread and 12-13 overall.
  • The Pistons knocked down 36.7% of their three-point shots last season, 0.8% lower than the 37.5% the Cavaliers allowed opponents to shoot from deep.
  • Detroit had a 20-10 record against the spread and a 16-14 record overall when the team connected on more than 37.5% of its three-point attempts.
  • Cleveland went 22-10-1 against the spread and 15-18 overall when its opponents shot higher than 36.7% from deep.
  • The Cavaliers’ three-point shooting percentage last season (35.1%) was one percentage point lower than opponents of the Pistons averaged (36.1%).
  • Cleveland had a 16-13-1 ATS record and is 9-21 straight-up when the team hit more than 36.1% of its three-point attempts.
  • Detroit had a 19-12 ATS record and a 13-18 straight-up record last season when it connected on more than 35.1% of its three-point shots.
  • The Pistons knocked down 12 three-pointers per game last season, just 0.8 more makes per game than the Cavaliers allowed (11.2).
  • When Detroit made more threes than its opponents last season, it went 21-16-1 against the spread and 15-23 overall. When Cleveland was out-shot from beyond the arc by its opponents, it was 16-24 ATS and 13-27 straight up.
  • The Pistons were the 18th-best three-point shooting team in the NBA last season, while the Cavaliers gave up the 20th-fewest makes from deep.

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Pistons vs Cavaliers Stat Rankings

Pistons Rank Pistons AVG Cavaliers AVG Cavaliers Rank
25th 107.2 Points Scored 106.9 26th
15th 110.8 Points Allowed 114.8 22nd
24th 41.7 Rebounds 44.3 18th
22nd 9.8 Off. Rebounds 10.8 4th
18th 12 3pt Made 11.2 21st
16th 24.1 Assists 23.1 24th
22nd 14.5 Turnovers 15.7 28th

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