Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Pistons for division matchup

April 18, 2021 GMT

Cleveland Cavaliers (20-36, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Detroit Pistons (17-40, 15th in the Eastern Conference)

Detroit; Monday, 7 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Central Division opponents Detroit and Cleveland face off.

The Pistons are 10-23 against Eastern Conference opponents. Detroit has a 1-7 record in one-possession games.

The Cavaliers are 14-16 in conference play. Cleveland is 5-21 when opponents win the rebound battle and averages 42.6 rebounds per game.

The teams square off for the third time this season. The Cavaliers won 122-107 in the last matchup on Jan. 27. Collin Sexton led Cleveland with 29 points, and Jerami Grant led Detroit with 26 points.


TOP PERFORMERS: Wayne Ellington leads the Pistons with 2.5 made 3-pointers, and is averaging 9.7 points while shooting 42.4% from beyond the arc. Isaiah Stewart is shooting 61.2% and averaging 10.2 points over the last 10 games for Detroit.

Sexton leads the Cavaliers averaging 24.2 points while adding 2.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. Kevin Love is averaging 6.9 rebounds and 12.3 points per game over the last 10 games for Cleveland.

LAST 10 GAMES: Pistons: 4-6, averaging 110 points, 42.8 rebounds, 25 assists, 7.9 steals and 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 46.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.3 points on 49.1% shooting.

Cavaliers: 3-7, averaging 104.8 points, 40.4 rebounds, 26.3 assists, 7.4 steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 45.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.2 points on 48.4% shooting.

INJURIES: Pistons: Sekou Doumbouya: out (neck), Dennis Smith Jr.: out (knee), Killian Hayes: out (rest), Rodney McGruder: out (elbow).

Cavaliers: Dylan Windler: out (knee), Damyean Dotson: out (knee).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.