Detroit is in damage control as they enter our NBA Handicapping radar. Pistons fans are excited to see their postseason drought finally end. However, there is a big damper when they get the one club in the East where they virtually have little chance beating four times in this series. Find out how pronounced LeBron James’ advantage is here and which side will be winning after the Cavs spot them ten points on April 17th at 3PM!
NBA Handicapping : Pedigree
While assumptions generally derail your sports investment, there is looking a gift horse in the mouth in this series. James has lead whatever team he is on to five straight series wins in the Eastern Conference Finals. The regular season 3-1 Pistons edge here is as useless a stat as there ever is. LeBron only cares to ramp it up for the playoffs now. About the only tangible disadvantage the Cavs have is in their coaching. Tyronn Lue actually did worse than David Blatt before he was replaced. Now Lue will most likely defer to Coach James in this one.
So How Does Detroit Even Cover?
First off, this team does not quit in the early going of this series. They have a very hard work ethic which emphasizes physical contact. This could get under the skin of the Cavs causing mini-implosions. Reggie Jackson is in bad shape coming into the series. If he even plays game one, he will be at the mercy of a Kyrie Irving who loves to pour in points. Most think that the Pistons can steal one at home but not here.
Game One is the statement game. This will be more for a battle of postseason minutes than the win for the Cavs. Cleveland’s rotation is up in the air. Look for a concentrated and complete effort by the Cavs in Game One. Cleveland will cover the -10 here. For those thinking the Pistons might steal some $$$ then look more to Game Two. Good fortune and we will see you later on in the day at the HRW.