You know what? I decided to bet on the Cavs yesterday. I admit it. They just got their keesters handed to them on their home court on national TV, and I thought to myself, “Boy, they’ll be looking for a statement win down in Orlando against the lowly Magic.”
They looked good! They looked better than good! Then, they went and did that thing they do …
Ahahaha, Lebron, do that thing you do! Don’t cover! Hahaha. Be up by 21 and lose by 18. Score 31 points in the second half. As the King himself would say, “Sheesh!” Bet you weren’t expecting any Andy Milonakis references, either.
The Cavs are back at it again, and they’re a home dog for the third time this season. Will they bounce back? Will this be the last game for some players in their respective uniforms before the trade deadline? What edges can our panel of experts find for you tonight? — Mark Gallant
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BROOKLYN NETS AT DETROIT PISTONS (-9.5) | O/U: 209
7 p.m. ET
What I’m watching for: The Pistons are red hot. One of these times, they’re not going to face a sub-.500 team on a back-to-back. Today is not that day. What’s crazy is Blake Griffin hasn’t even been that good. He’s in the 73rd percentile running the pick-and-roll as the ball-handler but below the 50th percentile in the post. What he is doing is slaying as a playmaker. Twenty percent of all Griffin’s possessions end with an assist with Detroit so far, and many more get him or Andre Drummond to the line. The Nets’ front line is paper thin; watch out for Drummond in this one. — Matt Moore
What the metrics say: The Pistons have now won six straight games, including their first three with Blake Griffin in town. During that time, they’ve ranked fifth in the league with a +12.3 net rating. It’s largely been due to excellent defense: In 103 minutes with the starting lineup of Ish Smith-Reggie Bullock-Stanley Johnson-Blake Griffin-Andre Drummond, they’ve posted a +13.0 point differential and have allowed just 86.0 points per 100 possessions. That would rank in the 97th percentile of lineups this season, and, while they won’t keep up that pace, things are looking encouraging in Detroit. — Bryan Mears