Cavaliers vs. Pistons Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 8 (Trust Cleveland's Defense to Stand Tall at Home)

Larry Rupp
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Detroit Pistons prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Detroit Pistons prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / AP Photos/Frank Franklin II

Cavaliers vs. Pistons Game Info

  • Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse -- Cleveland, Ohio
  • Coverage: BSOH and BSDET

The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Wednesday with nine more games, including a battle between the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Pistons rank last in the Eastern Conference with a 14-41 record, while the Cavaliers check in fourth with a 34-22 record. This one is a mismatch.

Detroit enters as a loser in four of its last five games following a 111-99 loss to the Boston Celtics on Monday. Meanwhile, Cleveland has now won four of its last five games thanks to a 114-91 crushing of the Washington Wizards on Monday. Which Eastern Conference squad will win on Wednesday night?

Cavaliers vs. Pistons Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: CLE: (-620) | DET: (+460)
  • Spread: CLE: -11.5 (-110) | DET: +11.5 (-110)
  • Total: 221.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Cavaliers enter this contest as considerable home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 221.5 points, which is below average compared to Wednesday's projected totals.

Cavaliers vs Pistons Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Cavaliers -12.5 - - 222 -110 -110 -900 610

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Cavaliers vs. Pistons Betting Trends

  • The Cavaliers went 41-36-5 ATS last season.
  • As 12.5-point underdogs or more, the Pistons went 6-5 against the spread last year.
  • The Cavaliers and their opponents combined to go over the point total 37 out of 82 times last season.
  • Out of 82 Pistons games last season, 39 went over the total.

Cavaliers vs. Pistons Prediction & Pick

The Pistons own the second-worst record in the NBA and have struggled to find consistency on either end of the court. Detroit ranks 26th in offensive efficiency and 29th in defensive efficiency. It also owns the third-worst average scoring margin on the road this season (-8.7). It has not been good.

Seeing Detroit turn it all around against a Cleveland defense that allows only 106.5 points per game (No. 1 in NBA) would be surprising to say the least. The Cavaliers also force 15.0 turnovers per game (No. 10 in NBA) and utilize their size as well as their stealth to keep opposing offenses confused.

Cleveland has won 15 of its last 20 home games, so give me the Cavaliers to come out on top here.

Final Score Prediction: Cavaliers: 115 | Pistons: 102

Cavaliers vs. Pistons Best Bet

It's worth driving home the ineptitude of the Pistons offense even more. Detroit has posted the fifth-worst shooting percentage in the NBA (45.5%) and commit 14.9 turnovers per game (No. 20 in NBA). This is a team that has scored a total of just 199 points in its last two games. That's a brutal effort.

Cleveland has held six of its last nine opponents to under 105 points and dominated this Detroit team in two November games. Those were both played at Little Caesars Arena and ended with final scores of 112-88 and 102-94. Expect the Cavs to find similar success at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse now.

Bet: Detroit Pistons Under 104.5 Points (-110)

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