3rd Quarter Report

The Cavaliers are on the road but looking no worse for wear. They have a bit of a cushion as they currently lead the Pistons 91-70.

If the Cavaliers keep playing like this, they'll bump their record up to 39-20 in no time. On the other hand, the Pistons will have to make due with a 9-50 record unless they turn things around (and fast).

Who's Playing

Cleveland Cavaliers @ Detroit Pistons

Current Records: Cleveland 38-20, Detroit 9-49

How To Watch

  • When: Friday, March 1, 2024 at 7 p.m. ET
  • Where: Little Caesars Arena -- Detroit, Michigan
  • TV: Bally Sports - Detroit
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Ticket Cost: $23.46

What to Know

The Cavaliers are 8-2 against the Pistons since January of 2022, and they'll have a chance to extend that success on Friday. Both teams will face off at 7:00 p.m. ET on March 1st at Little Caesars Arena without much rest after finishing up games yesterday. The Cavaliers have been getting the ball to fall more lately as they've increased their point totals each of their last three games.

The Cavaliers fought the good fight in their overtime matchup against the Bulls on Wednesday but wound up with a less-than-desirable result. They fell 132-123 to the Bulls. The Cavaliers didn't live up to their potential and found themselves falling short of the advantage oddsmakers thought they had coming into the game.

The Cavaliers' loss shouldn't obscure the performances of Evan Mobley, who dropped a double-double on 25 points and 13 rebounds, and Caris LeVert who dropped a double-double on 14 points and 15 assists.

The Cavaliers struggled to get the ball back on offense and finished the game with only five offensive rebounds. They were crushed by their opponents in that department as the Bulls pulled down 25 offensive rebounds.

Meanwhile, the Pistons came into Tuesday's match having lost six straight, but that streak is now in the rearview. They walked away with a 105-95 win over Chicago on Tuesday. The Pistons' victory was a heroic effort that saw the team overcome a ten points disadvantage in the spread.

The Pistons can attribute much of their success to Cade Cunningham, who scored 26 points along with five assists and five rebounds. Cunningham is on a roll when it comes to points, as he's now scored 26 or more in the last four games he's played. Less helpful for the Pistons was Quentin Grimes' abysmal 0-5 three-point shooting.

Cleveland's defeat dropped their record down to 38-20. As for Detroit, their victory ended a five-game drought on the road and puts them at 9-49.

Looking ahead, the Cavaliers are the favorite in this one, as the experts expect to see them win by nine points. This contest will be their 15th straight as the favorites (so far over this stretch they are 4-10 against the spread).

The Cavaliers were able to grind out a solid win over the Pistons when the teams last played back in January, winning 128-121. The rematch might be a little tougher for the Cavaliers since the team won't have the home-court advantage this time around. We'll see if the change in venue makes a difference.


Cleveland is a big 9-point favorite against Detroit, 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 9.5-point favorite.

The over/under is 221.5 points.

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Series History

Cleveland has won 8 out of their last 10 games against Detroit.

  • Jan 31, 2024 - Cleveland 128 vs. Detroit 121
  • Dec 02, 2023 - Cleveland 110 vs. Detroit 101
  • Nov 17, 2023 - Cleveland 108 vs. Detroit 100
  • Mar 04, 2023 - Cleveland 114 vs. Detroit 90
  • Feb 08, 2023 - Cleveland 113 vs. Detroit 85
  • Nov 27, 2022 - Cleveland 102 vs. Detroit 94
  • Nov 04, 2022 - Cleveland 112 vs. Detroit 88
  • Mar 19, 2022 - Cleveland 113 vs. Detroit 109
  • Feb 24, 2022 - Detroit 106 vs. Cleveland 103
  • Jan 30, 2022 - Detroit 115 vs. Cleveland 105