Cavaliers vs Pistons Prediction NBA Picks Today 11/17

Cavaliers vs Pistons Prediction NBA Picks Today 11/17

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Detroit Pistons vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - Game Preview

Cleveland, OH; Friday, 5:30 p.m. EST

Line: CLE -8.5 | Over/Under: 221.5

Introduction

The struggling Detroit Pistons, on a nine-game losing streak, face the Cleveland Cavaliers in a challenging matchup. Despite their poor record, the Pistons have the potential to cover the +8.5 points spread, especially with key Cavaliers players dealing with injuries.

 

Team Analysis

Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons, currently 15th in the Eastern Conference with a 2-10 record, are grappling with multiple injuries. However, the potential return of Marvin Bagley III could provide a boost, and Cade Cunningham continues to be a bright spot in their lineup.

Player Spotlight: Cade Cunningham

Rookie Cade Cunningham has shown promise, averaging 21.3 points and 7.3 assists per game. His performance will be crucial for the Pistons' chances of covering the spread.

Injury Update

The Pistons will miss Monte Morris, Jalen Duren, and Isaiah Livers. Marvin Bagley III is listed as a game-time decision, and his presence could impact the Pistons' performance.

Recent Form

Detroit is on a nine-game losing streak, with their last defeat against the Atlanta Hawks. Despite their struggles, the Pistons aim to capitalize on the Cavaliers' injury situation.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers, currently 10th in the Eastern Conference with a 5-6 record, are dealing with key injuries to players like Isaac Okoro, Ty Jerome, Donovan Mitchell, and Darius Garland. This situation opens the door for the Pistons to potentially cover the spread.

Player Spotlight: Davion Mitchell

Davion Mitchell has been a standout for the Cavaliers, averaging 29.2 points per game. However, his game-time decision status adds an element of uncertainty to the Cavaliers' lineup.

Injury Update

The Cavaliers are missing several key players, including Isaac Okoro, Ty Jerome, Donovan Mitchell, and Darius Garland. The absence of these players could impact the Cavaliers' performance.

Recent Results

Cleveland secured a win against the Portland Trail Blazers in their last game. However, their recent injury woes could pose a challenge against the Pistons.

 

Prediction

Despite their recent struggles, the Detroit Pistons have an opportunity to cover the +8.5 points spread, given the Cavaliers' injury situation. If Marvin Bagley III returns and Cade Cunningham continues his impressive form, the Pistons could keep the game competitive.

Expect a closer matchup than the spread suggests, with the Pistons having a chance to cover.

Pick: DET +8.5

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