GameDay Preview: Cavs at Pistons

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Omri Casspi, Tayshaun Prince
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Game Summary

The Cavaliers (4-13) are back on the road for the 12th time this season to face the Detroit Pistons (5-13) from the Palace of Auburn Hills at 7:30 p.m. ET.

On Saturday, the Cavs lost to the Portland Trail Blazers, 118-117, in a hard-fought, double-overtime contest while the Pistons dropped their second-consecutive game, falling to the Dallas Mavericks, 92-77.

In the loss to the Trail Blazers, Anderson Varejao posted his eighth straight double-double (the longest streak of double-doubles in his career) after scoring 19 points on 7-11 (.636) shooting, a game-high 17 rebounds (eight offensive), five assists and two steals in 47 minutes of action. The last Cavs player to post eight straight double-doubles was Tyrone Hill (2/4/97 to 2/23/97). This season, "The Wild Thing" is averaging career-highs in points (15.1) and rebounds (15.3).

Detroit is led by the inside/outside attack of youngsters, Brandon Knight and Greg Monroe. Monroe comes into tonight's contest as the Pistons leading scorer (16.1) and rebounding (9.7). Knight is the floor general, dishing out a team-high 5.3 assists and is Detroit's second leading scorer at 13.3 points a game.

Probable Starters/Injury Report* presented by Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland ClinicCavaliers: PG - Jeremy Pargo, SG - Dion Waiters, SF - Alonzo Gee
PF - Tristan Thompson, C - Anderson Varejao

Pistons: PG - Brandon Knight, SG - Kyle Singler, SF - Tayshaun Prince
PF - Jason Maxiell, C - Greg Monroe

Injuries: (Cavs) - Kyrie Irving (Hairline/Non-Displaced Fracture in Left Index Finger, Out), Dion Waiters (Left Ankle Sprain, Questionable)
(Pistons) - None to Report

*Subject to change

Head-to-Head Matchup

The Cavaliers trail the all-time series against the Pistons, 112-78, posting a 51-44 mark in games played at home with the Pistons tallying a 68-27 record in games played in their home arena. Dating back to Feb. 1, 2009, Cleveland holds an 11-4 mark against Detroit, including 6-2 at The Q and 5-2 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

The two teams split last season’s four-game series, and the last time the Cavs faced the Pistons, Tristan Thompson posted a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds in 34 minutes.

Key to the Game/Key Matchup

Key to the Game

Put the Ball in the Hoop
Sounds simplistic enough, and the Cavaliers have done an impressive job at the offensive end in their last two games, averaging 115 points in that span.

In their five wins this season, Pistons' opponents are averaging 85.4 points per game vs. 101.2 in their 13 losses. Four of five opponents in those wins were held to 90 points or less, so the Wine and Gold will have to score, and score often, to increase their chances of winning in Motown.

Key Matchups

Cavs Bench vs. Pistons Bench
With the first month of the NBA season in the books, the grind of the season is well underway and a team's bench becomes a vital factor in each contest.

The Cavaliers bench has been providing solid contributions as of late. Omri Casspi has come in and knocked down shots, shooting .516 (16-31) from beyond-the-arc, which is the 4th-best in the NBA.

Tyler Zeller recorded his first double-double of his career with 14 points, including eight in the second overtime, and a career-high 10 rebounds in 31 minutes off the bench on Saturday.

Detroit brings a number of former starters off their bench including Rodney Stuckey, Charlie Villanueva, Jonas Jerebko and Corey Maggette while first round pick, Andre Drummond, anchors the second-unit's frontline.

Where to Catch the Action

TV: FSOhio HD, NBA League Pass
Radio: WTAM 1100, XM 218, NBA League Pass Audio