Pistons vs. Cavaliers: Odds for battle of top rookies

Cade Cunningham #2 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Cade Cunningham #2 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Cade Cunningham and the Detroit Pistons will take on Evan Mobley and the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight and Little Caesar’s Arena will be buzzing.

Cunningham and Mobley are two of the top rookies this season, and each guy has a great chance at Rookie of the Year depending on who you ask.

Cunningham has put up the slightly better all-around numbers with a primary role on a bad team, while Mobley has been amazing and helped lift the Cavaliers from the cellar to a tie for the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference.

Mobley’s Cavaliers are red hot at the moment, winners of three-in-a-row and eight of their last 10 games overall.

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The Pistons are sliding further into the abyss, taking an embarrassing beat down in Orlando in their most recent loss, their 4th in a row.

Cunningham followed his best game of the season with one of his worst, so he’ll look to bounce back and make his case as the best rookie in his class.

Detroit Pistons vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: Odds, spread, over/under and best bets

According to WynnBET, the Pistons are 8.5 point underdogs at home vs. the Cavaliers, which seems low given how these two teams are playing.

The Pistons have been marginally better at home and the Cavs have been equally good at home and on the road, so Detroit doesn’t have much of an advantage playing in Detroit.

The money lines have not been released yet but the over/under is set at 213.5, which seems a tad high given that neither of these teams have a high-powered offense and the Cavaliers allow the second-fewest points per game in the league.

The Cavaliers dominated the last meeting with points in the paint, so Isaiah Stewart will have his work cut out for him and Dwane Casey will have to find a way to use small-ball lineups to his advantage.

The Pistons failed to crack 80 points the last time these two played, so the under seems like a no-brainer here.

I do think Detroit is going to treat this like a playoff game, as they are desperate for a win and would love to get Cunningham a “W” against Mobley, so I think the Pistons will keep it close at home.

I’d take the points and the under in this one and hope Detroit can win an ugly one or at least be in it down the stretch.

Will Cade Cunningham bounce back from his nightmare game against the Magic? I think he will, but even if he doesn’t shoot well he still puts up enough assists, rebounds and steals to be a solid play in daily fantasy.

As for cheap options, Trey Lyles continues to put up numbers at good value, and Frank Jackson is a name to watch in this one as well. He should have his legs under him after missing time with injuries, and he is due for a big breakout game off the Pistons’ bench.

How to watch Pistons vs. Cavaliers

The game has an early tip-off at 6:00 PM ET and you can watch on Bally Sports Detroit or listen on 97.1 FM the Ticket.

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