Cavaliers vs. Pistons on Tuesday, March 16, 2010

NBA betting favors Cleveland on Tuesday as they face a weary Detroit Pistons team.

The Cavaliers have won twice already this season against the Pistons although they are 1-1 against the basketball betting lines.  Here is a look at this matchup between the Cavaliers and Pistons.

NBA betting is going to be popular on Cleveland since this is a very tough scheduling spot for Detroit.  This is the fourth game in five days for Detroit. They played back-to-back vs. Washington and Atlanta on Friday and Saturday, had Sunday off and had to face Boston last night. 

Cleveland beat Detroit 99-92 and 98-88 earlier this season.  The Cavaliers covered the road game but didn’t cover at home.  That has been Cleveland’s mode of operation this NBA betting odds season as they have been far better on the road.  LeBron had 40 points in the win earlier this month at home but Cleveland couldn’t cover the spread. Tayshaun Prince led the Pistons with 23 points while Richard Hamilton added 20 points.  LeBron had 34 points in the 10-point road win back in November. Rodney Stuckey scored 25 points to lead the Pistons.

The Cavaliers have won 9 of the last 10 overall against Detroit and they are 7-3 against the basketball betting odds in those games. They are 4-1 against the spread in the last five games at Detroit.  Four of the last five in this series have gone under the NBA betting total.

Cleveland is 19-14-1 this season on the road vs. the number this season.  That is almost the opposite of what they are at home vs. the pointspread.  The Cavaliers have a reputation now that is almost what the Lakers have and that means they are overvalued.  The Cavaliers can still cover the spread on the road though because they don’t lay as many points.  Cleveland is more potent offensively now as in addition to LeBron, they have Antawn Jamison. Having Delonte West healthy again also helps.  The Cavaliers have more than just LeBron on offense and it has helped them.

Detroit is 15-18-1 at home this season vs. the NBA betting point spread.  The Pistons have trouble scoring points as they are next to last in the league.  Rodney Stuckey has led the Pistons in scoring but he is averaging just 17 points per game.  Detroit simply does not have enough offense to threaten teams.