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NBA Weekend Bets: Home sweet home for Pistons, Cavs over Clippers

Fri, Mar 17, 7:26pm by Staff Writer

The injury-depleted Toronto Raptors side will be looking to bounce back when they head to Detroit to meet Aussie big-man Aron Baynes and the Pistons. The Cavs are back on track and will be aiming for three in a row when they head to LA to face the Clippers on Sunday (AEDT). Both games are live on ESPN Australia and here at we have you covered with a pair of specials.

Raptors @ Pistons

The Palace, Auburn Hills, Detroit – Saturday 18 March, 10.30am AEDT

TV: Live on ESPN

Toronto could use a win here after losing five of their last eight games, they are still sitting fourth in the East, but have faltered without their starting point guard, Kevin Lowry.

It won’t be easy though, Detroit has won three of their past four games at this venue, including a win over the champions last Friday.

Thus, Sportsbet has installed the hosts as a $1.54 favourite, with the Raptors at $2.56.

DeMar DeRozan has stepped up in the absence of Lowry, averaging 27.2 points and 5.4 rebounds a game.

Detroit Pistons are a far better team at home and have been tough to beat in the Palace of late. Meanwhile, the Raptors continue to struggle without Lowry and playing on back-to-back nights won’t help their limited roster at the moment.

BEST BET: Detroit to win: $1.54

Cavaliers @ Clippers

Staples Centre, Los Angeles – Sunday 19 March, 11.30am AEDT

TV: Live on ESPN

The Cavs may have lost Aussie Andrew Bogut, but have regained another important piece of the puzzle in Kevin Love. Look for Love to make an immediate impact, and take the heat off LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

Love made an earlier than expected return to the court against the Jazz earlier this week. Love’s 20 (PPG) will add some impact to the Cavs chances of winning another ring.

The game against the Clippers is the first in a four-game road-trip for the Cavs, and LeBron’s court time will again come under scrutiny. He has been in scintillating form over the last few weeks, hitting his 52nd career triple-double against the Pistons earlier in the week.

The Clippers missed out against the Bucks earlier in the week and travel to Denver, before hosting the Cavs at home.  Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers is adamant that his team aren’t struggling, but are a work in progress.

Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan will be fresh for the Cavs, having been rested from the trip to Denver.  In the loss to the Bucks, Griffin 18 points and DeAndre Jordan hit 22 points. Expect Griffin and Jordon to try and wear down LeBron and Kevin Love.

The markets haven’t been released yet but expect the Cavs to start favourites. We’ll update the odds when they released.

BEST BET: Cavaliers to win (odds will be provided once they become available)

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