The Cleveland Cavaliers will be gunning for their 10th consecutive postseason victory over Detroit on Wednesday night when they play host to the Pistons in Game 2 of their first-round series as 10-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Cleveland kicked off its drive towards a return engagement in the NBA Finals with a 106-101 victory in Game 1 on Sunday but failed to cover as 11-point chalk, ending a 10-game against the spread win streak in playoff matchups with Detroit, and leaving them winless ATS in four of five meetings this season ahead of Wednesday night’s Pistons vs. Cavaliers betting matchup at Quicken Loans Arena.
Success at the sportsbooks has been hard to come by for Cavaliers bettors, with the club going 1-4 ATS in their past five games, and a dismal 7-11 ATS in their past 18 outings.
The Cavaliers surrendered an average of just 98.2 points per game in the regular season, second only to Toronto in the Eastern Conference, and ranked fourth overall in the NBA, but have seen opponents top that number with regularity of late, cracking the century mark in seven of their past 10 and leaving Cleveland with a 2-5 ATS record in those contests.
The Pistons have also exceeded Cleveland’s points-against season average in four of their five meetings, en route to a 3-2 straight-up record and a 4-1 ATS mark during the current campaign according to the OddsShark NBA Database.
However, Detroit has been far from an offensive powerhouse this season, sitting well back of the league leaders with an average of 102.0 points per game, topping that number in their 112-110 season finale win over the Cavaliers, but on just four occasions in their past 10.
Of greater concern to the Pistons is their ongoing stretch of futility in the postseason, which has seen them post SU losses in each of their past seven contests dating back to 2008, including five straight against Cleveland.
Covering as 11-point underdogs in Game 1 ended a five-game ATS swoon in the playoffs for the Pistons but did nothing to support their odds on the NBA series prices, which sit at a distant +1200. Cleveland has climbed to -10000 on those betting lines.
The Cavaliers have also made modest gains on the odds to win the NBA championship this spring, moving to a solid +375 after wrapping up the regular season at +400, while Detroit has dropped to +30000 to win the title.