Pistons betting odds vs. Heat: Can Cade Cunningham keep rolling?

Cade Cunningham #2 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Cade Cunningham #2 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Cade Cunningham and the Detroit Pistons come into tonight’s matchup with the Miami Heat having lost three in a row but still playing some of their best basketball of the season.

The Pistons have been shorthanded and relying even more on rookie Cade Cunningham, who has been on a roll of late.

Cade has scored over 20 points in seven straight games and eight of nine overall, averaging 22.8 points over that stretch.

He’s just under 17 points per game on the season, which leads all rookies, and if he continues this production, he will almost certainly garner some first-place votes for Rookie of the Year.

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However, there are some concerns about Cade’s heavy minutes of late, as he has played 38 minutes per game over his last six, including 44 in the recent loss to the Clippers, something to keep an eye on for the rest of the season.

The Pistons will have their work cut out for them against the 1st-place Heat, but Detroit has quietly been one of the best bets in basketball over the past two weeks.

Cade Cunningham and the Detroit Pistons @ Miami Heat: Odds, spread, over/under and best bets

According to WynnBET, the Detroit Pistons are 13 point underdogs on the road in Miami.

The books must not be paying attention, as the Pistons are now 9-0-1 against the spread in their last 10 games and have played 12 in a row that were decided by single digits.

I love Detroit to cover again in this one, as the Pistons’ cover has been easy money lately. They may not win the game, but they will play hard and hopefully keep it close.

The money lines are set at +650 for the Pistons and -1000 for the Heat, so the books don’t expect Detroit to win this one. As tempting as those odds are, take the points and hope it stays close.

The over/under is set at 216, which seems about right given that these two teams score 213 points combined on average and allow around 216 defensively. I don’t see much value here but I would take the under expecting Miami’s defense to shut the Pistons down on the road.

Cade Cunningham is really the only safe high-level play for Detroit in daily fantasy, as Jerami Grant and Saddiq Bey have been inconsistent of late and Cade is filling the stat sheet.

Marvin Bagley III continues to be the best low-cost play for Detroit, though he will likely be headed back to the bench tonight with Isaiah Stewart returning. He’ll have better luck against the backup Heat bigs anyway, so I like Bagley III to have a big night.

How to watch Pistons @ Heat

The game in Miami tips off at 7:30 PM ET and you can watch on Bally Sports Detroit or listen on 950 AM.

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