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Detroit Pistons vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Detroit Pistons (1-2) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (2-1) (as of Wednesday 10-10-2018)

October 12, 2018, 7:00 PM (Jack Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, MI)

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Free NBA Pick, Prediction, Odds Cleveland Cavaliers vs Detroit Pistons

The Cleveland Cavaliers are considered the home team in an exhibition matchup in East Lansing, MI against the Detroit Pistons. As both teams look to get prepared for the upcoming season after close losses. The Cavaliers, having lost to the Indiana Pacers and the Pistons losing to the Brooklyn Nets.

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers are on a search for hope in their lineup with the loss of the best basketball player in the game. The Cavaliers dressed 15 against the Pacers as they attempted to throw as many darts at the board as possible. The Cavs saw strong performances from Kyle Korver, 20 mins and 17pts, and George Hill, 28 mins, 10 pts, and 7 Rebounds. The rest of the team had scattered success, but with the long bench, there weren’t going to be any standout performers. As the Cavs move forward, look for Sam Dekker to continue to get a lot of playing time, especially after his 32-minute performance in the last game. 21-year-old Ante Zizic has been another standout during the preseason, with 20 points in 22 minutes against the Celtics.

Detroit Pistons

The Pistons, operating with a new coaching staff and regime, are off to a slow start in the preseason, now having lost the last two games. The Pistons played a lot of their starting roster for a majority of the game against the Nets. This does not bode well, considering the loss. One bright spot from the Nets game is the strong play from Ish Smith. His growth each year is important for the Pistons moving forward and the strength of their bench. His 36 minutes, 8 points, and 10 assists show the growth of a strong point guard. Langston Galloway was another positive, as he walked away with 24 points in 36 minutes. Galloway saw improvement with his FG% over the last two season, going from 25% to 45% in a year to year comparison.

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Free NBA Pick, Prediction, and Odds Detroit Pistons at Cleveland Cavaliers

For the Pistons and Cavaliers, both transitioning into new eras: The Pistons introducing a new coaching staff and the Cavs waving goodbye to LeBron James, it is clear that these two teams will have some kinks to work out. The Cavs, who are the easy picks to fall to the bottom of the standings this year, should continue their current strategy of whipping as many darts at the dartboard as possible to see what sticks. For the Pistons, they are on a journey to learn the new strategies and be knowledgeable of the system come game one. That being said, the Pistons will probably still give a hefty share of playing time to the starters (at least compared to the Cavs) and be able to overpower. Of course, if they take an early lead, Dwayne Casey is no idiot and will most assuredly let his bench finish this one.  In these hard to pick preseason games, considering there is no real motivation to win and we have no idea what the lineups look like…uh…go with the Pistons? It’s in East Lansing…so there’s that.

Pick: Detroit Pistons

For #Cavs: @cediosman, 19pts, 7-12FG, 5-8 3ptFG, 5reb, 5asst; @kevinlove, 16pts, 6-13FG, 11reb in 22min; Ante Zizic, 15pts, game-hi 12reb; @JordanClarksons, 15pts, 5-12FG, 5reb; @Larrydn22, 14pts, 7reb; @matthewdelly, game-hi 11asst.

#Cavs take first game of the second half - drop Suns, 111-98; CLE, 34asst on 42FGM; bench pts: CLE, 44, PHX, 15; reb: CLE, 51, PHX, 38; CLE, 49%FG, PHX, 42%; Booker, game-hi 30pts; five #Cavs in dbl-figs.

#Cavs weather Suns' 10-1 run, up five after 3Q -- 77-72; CLE, 43%FG, PHX, 40%; fb pts: CLE, 16, PHX, 16; reb: CLE, 42, PHX, 31; for #Cavs: @kevinlove, 16pts, 6-13FG, 11reb; @cediosman, 11pts, 4-8FG, 3-6 3ptFG; @JordanClarksons, 10pts, 4-9FG; Ante Zizic, 9pts, 4-5FG, 10reb.

Booker's triple puts Suns up five -- 28-23 -- after 1Q; PHX, 43%FG, CLE, 41%; CLE, 5 TO; reb: CLE, 15, PHX, 12; for #Cavs: @cediosman, 6pts, 2-4 3ptFG; Ante Zizic, 4pts, 3reb; @kevinlove, team-hi 4reb

For #Cavs: Clarkson, career-hi 42pts (first Cav to top 30pts this year), 16-34FG, 7-17 3ptFG, 8reb, 5asst; @CollinYoungBull, 24pts, 10-22FG, 6reb, 5asst; @quese, 23pts, 9-16FG, 3-6 3ptFG, 7reb; @cediosman, 13pts, 5-10FG; @Larrydn22, game-hi 14reb; @matthewdelly, game-hi 13 asst.

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#Pistons Bruce Brown 🔥🔥🔥 on this dunk: "It was just open and they weren’t guarding me. Blake (Griffin) is always talking mess, saying I can’t dunk, so I had to show him something."

Dragic listed as probable vs. #Pistons, who may benefit from Griffin getting the last 16 minutes off last night.

It'll be an interesting night, with the 6-7-8-9 seeds in the East facing off (DET-MIA and BKN-CHA).

With a win, #Pistons could vault into the 7 spot ... and even a game from 6th.

Quick study Wayne Ellington cracks #Pistons starting lineup:

Maker's Mark: Blake Griffin ejected but #Pistons beat #Hawks on Thon Maker's 3-pointer:

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Matthew is the boy who never grew up. He made his attempts at growing up: graduating with major business degrees and an MBA. But he still managed to hold onto his die-hard fandom with sports, pro wrestling, cartoons, comics, and toys. Being a Michigan native, he's, unfortunately, a fan of the Detroit Lions, Tigers, and Pistons. He absolutely loves hockey, so he's still proud to be a Red Wings fan. Graduating from MSU, he also holds that school with some level of gratitude and affection. Read and listen to his pro-wrestling analysis on Brothers of Discussion.