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#527 Cleveland Cavaliers 221 vs.
#528 Detroit Pistons -7
Monday, January 27, 2020 at 7:05pm EST
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
Written by Sporty Jordy

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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.

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Seven isn’t lucky for the Cavaliers

Not 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 loss

The 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.

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Don’t get your hopes up.

I’m not actually picking the Cavaliers to go into Detroit and knock off the Pistons to finally put an end to their ugly seven-game losing streak. I still expect them to crumble in the end due to their remarkable defensive struggles. Even a lackluster offensive team like Detroit is capable of finding life in this matchup.

But the Cavaliers have already proven they’re capable of playing the Pistons close. They’ve done it in back-in-back games. In the most recent head-to-head meeting between the two teams, the Cavaliers actually defeated the Pistons at Little Caesar’s Arena. So they have enjoyed some form of success in the arena once already this season.

I’m expecting them to keep the game tight. Detroit was a mess defensively when Drummond and Griffin were both on the floor. Things are even worse with Griffin out of the equation, leaving Drummond and Rose to fend for themselves. The Cavaliers still have a few veterans that are long in the tooth enough to get buckets on Monday. I’m taking Cleveland and the points.

Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers (+6.5)

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This will be one of those unusual games when the Pistons and Cavaliers both make a splash on offense. It’s the perfect style matchup featuring two scoring defenses that have struggled all season. The Cavaliers have allowed 116.0 average points in their last three outings, while the Pistons have given up 117.3 points.

Buckets are seemingly easy to come by for anyone facing either team. They have combined for 221-plus points in all three of their head-to-head meetings so far this season. I’m expecting that trend to continue on Monday. Give me the over betting total here.

Prediction: Over (221)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.