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Detroit @ Cleveland

Current Records: Detroit 2-8; Cleveland 7-5

What to Know

The Cleveland Cavaliers are favored to win for the first time this season. Cleveland and the Detroit Pistons will face off in a Central Division battle at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Detroit should still be riding high after a victory, while the Cavaliers will be looking to get back in the win column.

Cleveland was close but no cigar on Wednesday as they fell 97-94 to the Washington Wizards. Point guard Ricky Rubio (20 points), power forward Evan Mobley (19 points), and point guard Darius Garland (19 points) were the top scorers for Cleveland.

Meanwhile, after constant struggles on the road, Detroit has finally found some success away from home. They took their contest against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday 112-104. The Pistons can attribute much of their success to power forward Jerami Grant, who had 35 points along with five rebounds. Grant had some trouble finding his footing against the Brooklyn Nets last Friday, so this was a step in the right direction. Grant's points were the most he has had all year.

The Cavaliers are the favorite in this one, with an expected 5-point margin of victory. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread as they are currently on a six-game streak of ATS wins.

Cleveland is now 7-5 while the Pistons sit at 2-8. A couple stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Cleveland comes into the matchup boasting the fewest fouls per game in the league at 15.9. But Detroit enters the game with 19.9 fouls drawn per game on average, good for fourth best in the league. The ref's whistle might dictate the flow of action in this one.

How To Watch

  • When: Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse -- Cleveland, Ohio
  • TV: Bally Sports - Detroit
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $17.19

Odds

The Cavaliers are a 5-point favorite against the Pistons, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Cavaliers as a 4.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -109

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Series History

Cleveland have won 15 out of their last 27 games against Detroit.

  • Apr 19, 2021 - Detroit 109 vs. Cleveland 105
  • Jan 27, 2021 - Cleveland 122 vs. Detroit 107
  • Dec 26, 2020 - Cleveland 128 vs. Detroit 119
  • Jan 27, 2020 - Cleveland 115 vs. Detroit 100
  • Jan 09, 2020 - Cleveland 115 vs. Detroit 112
  • Jan 07, 2020 - Detroit 115 vs. Cleveland 113
  • Dec 03, 2019 - Detroit 127 vs. Cleveland 94
  • Mar 18, 2019 - Cleveland 126 vs. Detroit 119
  • Mar 02, 2019 - Detroit 129 vs. Cleveland 93
  • Nov 19, 2018 - Detroit 113 vs. Cleveland 102
  • Oct 25, 2018 - Detroit 110 vs. Cleveland 103
  • Mar 05, 2018 - Cleveland 112 vs. Detroit 90
  • Jan 30, 2018 - Detroit 125 vs. Cleveland 114
  • Jan 28, 2018 - Cleveland 121 vs. Detroit 104
  • Nov 20, 2017 - Cleveland 116 vs. Detroit 88
  • Mar 14, 2017 - Cleveland 128 vs. Detroit 96
  • Mar 09, 2017 - Detroit 106 vs. Cleveland 101
  • Dec 26, 2016 - Detroit 106 vs. Cleveland 90
  • Nov 18, 2016 - Cleveland 104 vs. Detroit 81
  • Apr 24, 2016 - Cleveland 100 vs. Detroit 98
  • Apr 22, 2016 - Cleveland 101 vs. Detroit 91
  • Apr 20, 2016 - Cleveland 107 vs. Detroit 90
  • Apr 17, 2016 - Cleveland 106 vs. Detroit 101
  • Apr 13, 2016 - Detroit 112 vs. Cleveland 110
  • Feb 22, 2016 - Detroit 96 vs. Cleveland 88
  • Jan 29, 2016 - Cleveland 114 vs. Detroit 106
  • Nov 17, 2015 - Detroit 104 vs. Cleveland 99