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Thursday, April 14, 2016

NBA : Pistons Provide Cleveland's First Playoff Hurdle

There's still one game left to go in the 2015-2016 regular season, but some of this year's playoff matchups have already been determined – including the 1-8 matchup in the Eastern Conference. The Cleveland Cavaliers (57-24 SU, 37-41-3 ATS) will host the Detroit Pistons (43-38 SU, 41-38-2 ATS) this weekend in Game 1 of their first-round series, date and time to be determined.

This could end up being a difficult matchup for the Cavaliers. They've dropped two of three games to Detroit SU and ATS, and they'll face the Pistons once more on Wednesday before meeting them in the playoffs. The last time they played at Quicken Loans Arena, it was Detroit winning 96-88 as a 9.5-point dog; LeBron James scored just 12 points for the Cavs, while Reggie Jackson led all Pistons with 23 points.

There is some concern over Jackson's health, though. He was scratched from Tuesday's 99-93 loss to the Miami Heat (–1.5 away) because of an abdominal strain. However, Jackson says he will be ready for the playoffs. The Pistons certainly hope so; Jackson is by far Detroit's best offensive player, putting up 22.1 points and 7.3 assists per 36 minutes.

NBA : Pistons Provide Cleveland's First Playoff Hurdle

NBA : LeBron, Cavs Host Pistons in Opening Round
After meeting Wednesday in the final game of the regular season, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons will face each other again this weekend in the first game of the playoffs. The Cavs (57-24 SU, 37-41-3 ATS) will be the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, while Detroit (43-38 SU, 41-38-2 ATS) has locked down the No. 8 seed.

The Pistons are 2-1 SU and ATS against Cleveland this year, including a 96-88 victory on February 22 as 9.5-point road dogs. LeBron James (27.5 PER) was held to 12 points on 5-of-18 shooting in that matchup.

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