Game Preview: Detroit at Cleveland

When

Date: March 31, 2009

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Records

Detroit: 36-37

Cleveland: 60-13

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG SG SF PF C

Rodney
Stuckey
Richard
Hamilton
Tayshaun
Prince
Antonio
McDyess
Kwame
Brown

Cleveland:

PG SG SF PF C

Mo
Williams
Delonte
West
LeBron
James
Anderson
Varejao
Zydrunas
Ilgauskas

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit +9.5

Over/under: 180

Score: Cleveland wins 95-85

Statistical projection

Detroit offensive rating: 107.1 (20th)

Detroit defensive rating: 107.8 (14th)

Detroit pace: 86.8 (29th)

Cleveland offensive rating: 112.4 (4th)

Cleveland defensive rating: 101.9 (2nd)

Cleveland pace: 88.8 (25th)

Score: Cleveland wins 97-92

Outlook

Everyone expects Rasheed Wallace to be back tonight, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. Except, maybe, Wallace.

“It’s a torn muscle,” he said. “Let me to tear your muscle and see how you feel. I will be out there when I can run and move without it hurting.”

The Allen Iverson bench experiment becomes official tonight, too. He has come off the bench seven times in his career, but never in consecutive games. Will he respond as well as he did Sunday once that reality sets in?