Tip-Off: 7:30 PM (ET)
Location: The Palace of Auburn Hills – Auburn Hills, MI
TV: Fox Sports Detroit / NBA League Pass
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Detroit Pistons are ready to provide the cream of the crop of Tuesday’s NBA action.
I mean, really, who would’ve thought that a game between these two teams would still have significant meaning in late February?
Coming into the game, the Pistons are on a roll. Since becoming free from Josh Smith, the Pistons have seemed to be clicking on all cylinders and even managed to make a great move in picking up Reggie Jackson from the Oklahoma City Thunder at the wacky trade deadline last week.
Jackson had been looking for a starting job after catching fire this season, but OKC was not the place he was going to find that–so where would we a perfect fit?
That’s right, MoTown.
The Brooklyn Nets currently hold the eighth seed in the playoffs, but the Pistons are not far behind.
In the Eastern Conference this season, as we’ve seen from the flourishing Hawks, Wizards, and Bucks, anything is possible. To count out the Pistons from the playoff race would be nothing but foolish and should be avoided at all costs.
Yes, all costs.
Tuesday’s game against the Cavaliers will show the country if Detroit can hang with the best in the business–at least on their side of things.
Even in a loss, if the Pistons can keep it close and keep the Cavs on their heels, the East will certainly be up for grabs by any of the eight teams that squeeze in. Last season, the East’s representatives just seemed to kind of fizzle into the playoff picture last minute without any truly compelling match-ups.
But oh, how the tides have changed.
On the Cleveland side of the ball, the Cavaliers must be sure to keep the ball rolling and blow out the Pistons to assert their dominance in the East. Having LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love should be reason enough to be competitive to the end of every basketball game you’re a part of.
Especially against a team like Detroit.
Prediction: Cavaliers 87, Pistons 91