When and where: January 27, 2020, Little Caesar’s Arena, Detroit, MI, 7:00 PM ET
The Detroit Pistons roll out the red carpet on Monday for a head-to-head showdown with the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers. After blowing out the Sacramento Kings, the Pistons have fallen in back-to-back home games against the Brooklyn Nets and Memphis Grizzlies. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have lost their last seven straight games. Their last three losses came on their home floor to the Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards and New York Knicks.
Seven isn’t lucky for the CavaliersNot even a decent offensive game could make up for the massive holes in the Cavaliers defense. The team dropped their seventh consecutive loss in Saturday’s run-in with the Bulls in a game where they shot 50.0 percent from the floor and 43.3 percent from 3-pointer.
They also turned the ball over 21 times and looked lethargic on defense. It’s never a surprise with an organization that has shown no sense of direction.
Even a modicum of defensive efficiency shown would be enough to give fans hope that the team can knock off the Pistons on Monday. Detroit is ranked 18th in the league in offensive efficiency with the team averaging 109.4 points per game. Meanwhile, Cleveland is still leaning on relics of the past in Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson. Collin Sexton has been fantastic this season as the team’s leading scorer, but the Cavaliers haven’t fully committed to a rebuild.
Only the Washington Wizards have been worse defensively than the Cavaliers. Opposing teams are averaging 115.4 points per game against them on the road. Perhaps they’ll be able to bypass their defensive struggles by taking advantage of an opportunity to face another team with similar problems. Detroit is allowing an average 47.4 percent shooting to opponents this season.
Status quo remains in another Pistons lossThe life of a Pistons fan must be like a scene out of the move “Groundhog’s Day.”
It’s the same every season—a flailing offense and an underperforming defense with the only positive being Andre Drummond eating rebounds like Takeru Kobayashi eats hotdogs.
Rinse, wash and repeat.
These Pistons don’t even have Blake Griffin on the floor to complement Drummond. Perhaps the only positive to come out of the season so far is the quiet resurgence of former league MVP Derrick Rose. He recently dropped a team-high 27 points, four rebounds and six assists in a 121-111 overtime loss to the Nets.
He’ll try his hand at carrying the Pistons in Monday’s meeting with the struggling Cavaliers. Even with Drummond underneath the basket, the Pistons still rank as one of the league’s worst rebounding teams. Cleveland isn’t much better in that aspect, either, but they’ll surely be looking to dominate on the boards and get second-chance shot opportunities.
The Pistons have the 20th-ranked scoring offense in the league, but their struggles have been even worse on the defensive end of the floor. Opposing teams are averaging high-percentage shooting against them on a nightly basis. It doesn’t matter if they’re on the road or at Little Caesar’s Arena. They can’t consistently get stops on defense.
Maybe they can find some hope in going head-to-head with the Cavaliers’ 27th-ranked scoring offense.
The supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games against a team with a losing home record.
- Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- Cavaliers are 16-7-1 ATS in their last 24 games against a team with a winning % below .400.
- Pistons are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following an ATS loss.
- Pistons are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up loss.
- Pistons are 5-14 ATS in their last 19 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Pistons are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a losing straight up record.