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Game Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Detroit Pistons

The Cleveland Cavaliers look to bounce back after their tough loss in 2OT at the Milwaukee Bucks. The Cavs take on the Detroit Pistons (5-5) at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Tipoff at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on FoxSportsOhio.

At 8-2 on the season, the 2015-16 Cavaliers are just one of four teams in franchise history to start the season 8-2 or better through 10 games: 1976-77 (9-1), 2005-06 (8-2) & 2008-09 (8-2).

The Wine and Gold are allowing 95.6 points per game this season (4th-best mark in NBA). Cleveland has held opponents under .440 shooting in seven of the 10 games this season as foes are now shooting a combined .427 overall (11th).

On the season, the Cavaliers are averaging 17.3 fast break points, which ranks 4th in the NBA. On the defensive end, they are allowing just 10.2 fastbreak points (5th-lowest). On Saturday night at Milwaukee, the Cavs outscored the Bucks 19-5 on the break, per Cavs.com.

The Cavaliers went 3-1 against the Pistons last season and have won four straight games at the Palace of Auburn Hills. In those four road wins, the Wine and Gold have held Detroit to under 100 points in each of them for an average of 93.3 points on .422 shooting.

History in the making: LeBron James needs 10 points to pass Jerry West for 19th place on NBA all-time scoring list.

LeBron James said the team gives a “half-ass effort sometimes.” How will the team respond tonight?

Cleveland Cavaliers starters:

PG: Mo Williams
SG: J.R. Smith
SF: LeBron James
PF: Kevin Love
C: Timofey Mozgov

Injuries: Iman Shumpert (Ruptured Extensor Carpi Ulnaris, OUT) and Kyrie Irving (Fractured Left Knee Cap, OUT)

Detroit Pistons starters:

PG: Reggie Jackson
SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF: Marcus Morris
PF: Ersan Ilyasova
C: Andre Drummond

Injuries: Jodie Meeks (Fracture, Fifth Metatarsal, Right Foot, OUT) and Brandon Jennings (Rehab, Left Achilles, OUT)

 

 

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