LeBron and the Cavaliers Heavily Favored in NBA Betting Against Detroit

November 30th, 2010 NBA Basketball

NBA betting is likely to be very one-sided on Sunday as the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Detroit Pistons.

The Cavaliers are the best team in the Eastern Conference and they have simply owned the Pistons in this basketball betting series.  Here is a look at this Eastern Conference matchup between Detroit and Cleveland.

NBA betting with Detroit simply is a risky proposition.  It doesn’t help in this game that the Pistons have lost 15 of their last 20 games against Cleveland including the last 10 in a row.  The Pistons are not much better against the basketball betting point spread as they are 2-8 in those last ten.  Four of the last six in this series have gone under the total.

The Cavaliers won 113-101 at Detroit earlier this week as 10.5 point road favorites.  The Cavs also won 99-92 this month at home against the Pistons but that was a rare instance when they did not cover the NBA betting point spread against Detroit.

The Pistons have had a rough year and it hasn’t gotten any better this week.  Forward Tayshaun Prince was hurt on Monday in the NBA betting loss to Boston. "We’ve been hurt all year, and another guy goes down," said guard Richard Hamilton, "It’s one of those things where you’re like, ‘Come on, man. Are you serious?’ But it’s tough."  The Pistons have not even had one player who has played in every game this season.  Prince has missed the most games this season while Hamilton and Ben Gordon have also missed a lot of time.

The Cavaliers are likely to end up with the top seed in the Eastern Conference.  LeBron James leads the team in scoring and the team also plays very good defense. The Cavaliers are not a given to cover the NBA betting point spread in home games though as they are oftentimes laying a lot of points.

Cleveland is 9th in the league on offense and they are a very good three-point shooting team as they are second in the league.  The Cavs are fifth on defense and second in field goal percentage.  They are second in rebounds per game with more than 38.

The Cavaliers should have no trouble in this game with a Detroit team that simply doesn’t have the offense or the defense to compete with them.

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