Pistons return as big underdogs to NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs

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On Sunday the Detroit Pistons will be making their first NBA playoff appearance since 2009 when they open their first-round series against the Cleveland Cavaliers as +800 underdogs on the NBA series prices at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Pistons ended their seven-year playoff drought with a 44-win campaign, powered by a 10-4 straight-up stretch run that included a 3-1 SU record on the road, and a 112-110 season finale victory in Cleveland as 4-point underdogs.

The win improved Detroit to a surprising 7-2 SU in their past nine visits to Cleveland, but they enter Sunday afternoon’s Pistons vs. Cavaliers Game 1 matchup at Quicken Loans Arena as big 10.5-point underdogs.

The Cavaliers hit the postseason as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and are -2565 favorites on the series prices to dispatch Detroit for the third time in as many playoff meetings.

While Cleveland has struggled at times in regular-season dates with the Pistons, they have dominated in the postseason, winning eight straight against Detroit, covering in their past nine and amassing a 14-1 against the spread record in 15 meetings dating back to 2006.

However, the Cavaliers were far from a sure bet in the final weeks of the regular season, going 7-10 ATS in their last 17 games, and 4-5 ATS over their past nine home dates.

Also on Sunday, the Miami Heat play host to the Charlotte Hornets as 4.5-point favorites in a in Game 1 showdown of Southeast Division rivals.

Miami split their four-game season series with the Hornets, but claimed the division crown and the No. 3 seed in the East on the strength of a 10-6 division record, edging out Charlotte and the No. 4 Atlanta Hawks, who all finished the campaign at 48-34.

The Heat struggled to a 5-4 SU regular season finish, 4-5 ATS, but are 11-2 SU in their past 13 home dates.

Charlotte was one of the league’s best teams in the second half, posting a 23-8 SU record in their final 31 contests according to the OddsShark NBA Database, and travel to Miami as intriguing +125 NBA series betting underdogs.

The Hawks open their postseason on Saturday as 5.5-point favorites against the Boston Celtics, who also finished with 48 regular-season wins. Atlanta has won 10 of their last 12 at home, and seven of their past 10 against the Celtics, who are pegged as +170 underdogs on the series prices.

As well, the Toronto Raptors look to claim their first seven-game playoff series win in franchise history as they host the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 on Saturday as 6.5-point chalk. The  Raptors are strong -337 favorites against the Pacers on the series prices.