Bob Duff |  Fri 09/02/2018 - 13:58 EST

NBA Picks Parlay: First Look at Revamped Cleveland Cavs

NBA Picks Parlay: First Look at Revamped Cleveland Cavs
No contender needed a shakeup more than the moribund Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Cavaliers definitely got shook up, surrounding LeBron James with a new cast of characters, bringing in four new faces and jettisoning five players from the roster. One of them, Dwayne Wade, returned to Miami and will make his reappearance for the Heat against Milwaukee. Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons and L.A. Clippers clash just days after making a six-player blockbuster.

Cleveland Shakes It Up

When a successful television series takes a dip in the ratings, they will often bring in new cast members to surround the star and seek a spike in those numbers.

That’s kind of what the Cleveland Cavaliers did at the NBA trade deadline. Adding point guard George Hill, shooting guard Rodney Hood, guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance Jr., LeBron James is now set up with a crew that should bring more energy and be vastly better on the defensive side of the ball as they unveil their new look against the Atlanta Hawks.

Just ten days earlier, the Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles combined on a blockbuster six-player deal that saw Clippers star Blake Griffin move to the Motor City. He welcomes his old team to town on Friday. And guard Dwyane Wade returns to the site of his greatest successes, reuniting with the Miami Heat as the play host to the red-hot Milwaukee Bucks. 

We like all of these Friday tilts in a three-way parlay package, based on the odds set by Bovada.

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs Atlanta Hawks Preview

The Cavs basically rebuilt their roster, moving out five players and acquiring four new pieces, but it was necessary reconstruction. Cleveland wasn’t measuring up to Boston or Toronto in the battle for Eastern Conference supremacy. The Cavs were clearly in a funk. They are 5-9 in their last 14 games and have given up over 120 points in five of those games. The 17-37 Hawks are the perfect start for Cleveland to begin to develop chemistry. They are 3-6 in the last nine games and 2-3 in the last five at home.

Cleveland Cavaliers (-2.5), over (216) (-140)

Los Angeles Clippers vs Detroit Pistons Preview

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The early returns clearly indicate that the bold move to acquire power forward Blake Griffin from the Clippers was also a wise move for the Pistons. Detroit is 4-0 with Griffin in the lineup, part of a current five-game winning streak. Griffin has found instant mojo with center Andre Drummond and is averaging 21.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.3 assists in four games. Both the Pistons and Clippers sit ninth in their respective conferences. The Clippers are 2-0 since the trade and have won two in a row on the road. 

Detroit Pistons (-3.5), under (217) (-160)

Milwaukee Bucks vs Miami Heat Preview

Losers of five in a row, the Heat, who have fallen to seventh overall in the East, decided to go back to the future in order to heat up the present, bringing back Wade, their all-time leader in points, games, assists and steals, shots made and shots taken. Will turning Dade County back in Wade County be the elixir Miami needs? The Bucks can relate. Since dismissing coach Jason Kidd, the Bucks are a different team. They are 7-1 under Joe Prunty and have won five in a row, including 2-0 on their current four-game road swing. 

Milwaukee Bucks (+1.5), under (199) (even)

Take These Tidbits To The Hoop

  • The Cavs’ defensive rating (109.9) is second-worst in the NBA, but ATL (107.8) is 24th overal.
  • The Pistons beat the Clippers 95-87 Oct. 28 at Los Angeles.
  • The Clippers are 10-4 in their last 14 games.
  • Detroit had lost eight in a row before the Griffin trade.
  • The Bucks have allowed 100 points just once in their last seven games.
  • Milwaukee lost 97-79 Jan. 14 at Miami.
  • The Heat won 107-101 Jan. 17 at Milwaukee.
  • Miami was fourth overall in the East prior to this season-high losing skid.
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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 05 February
FT Blazers 91 - 111 Detroit Pistons Odds
FT Washington Wizards 111 - 102 Indiana Pacers Odds
FT Orlando Magic 111 - 109 Miami Heat Odds
FT Utah Jazz 133 - 109 Pelicans Odds
FT Charlotte Hornets 104 - 121 Denver Nuggets Odds
FT Chicago Bulls 98 - 104 Sacramento Kings Odds
FT Dallas Mavericks 101 - 104 L.A. Clippers Odds
Tuesday 06 February
FT Cleveland Cavaliers 98 - 116 Orlando Magic Odds
FT Boston Celtics 91 - 111 Toronto Raptors Odds
FT Memphis Grizzlies 82 - 108 Atlanta Hawks Odds
FT Houston Rockets 123 - 113 Brooklyn Nets Odds
FT Milwaukee Bucks 103 - 89 New York Knicks Odds
FT Washington Wizards 102 - 115 Philadelphia 76ers Odds
FT Thunder 125 - 105 Warriors Odds
FT Phoenix Suns 93 - 112 L.A. Lakers Odds
Wednesday 07 February
FT Brooklyn Nets 106 - 115 Detroit Pistons Odds
FT Houston Rockets 109 - 101 Miami Heat Odds
AOT Wolves 138 - 140 Cleveland Cavaliers Odds
FT Utah Jazz 92 - 88 Memphis Grizzlies Odds
Ppd Indiana Pacers 20:00 Pelicans Odds
FT San Antonio Spurs 129 - 81 Phoenix Suns Odds
Thursday 08 February
FT Atlanta Hawks 98 - 100 Orlando Magic Odds
FT New York Knicks 88 - 113 Toronto Raptors Odds
AOT Boston Celtics 110 - 104 Washington Wizards Odds
AOT Charlotte Hornets 103 - 109 Blazers Odds
FT Dallas Mavericks 103 - 121 Warriors Odds
FT Thunder 81 - 106 L.A. Lakers Odds
Friday 09 February
Pelicans 19:00 Philadelphia 76ers Odds
L.A. Clippers 19:00 Detroit Pistons Odds
Cleveland Cavaliers 19:30 Atlanta Hawks Odds
Indiana Pacers 19:30 Boston Celtics Odds
Denver Nuggets 20:00 Houston Rockets Odds
Milwaukee Bucks 20:00 Miami Heat Odds
Charlotte Hornets 21:00 Utah Jazz Odds
Wolves 21:30 Chicago Bulls Odds
Blazers 22:30 Sacramento Kings Odds
Saturday 10 February
Pelicans 18:00 Brooklyn Nets Odds
Milwaukee Bucks 19:00 Orlando Magic
L.A. Clippers 19:00 Philadelphia 76ers
Washington Wizards 20:00 Chicago Bulls Odds
L.A. Lakers 20:30 Dallas Mavericks
San Antonio Spurs 20:30 Warriors Odds
Denver Nuggets 21:00 Phoenix Suns
Sunday 11 February
Toronto Raptors 13:00 Charlotte Hornets
Detroit Pistons 15:30 Atlanta Hawks
Cleveland Cavaliers 15:30 Boston Celtics
New York Knicks 17:00 Indiana Pacers
Dallas Mavericks 19:00 Houston Rockets
Sacramento Kings 19:00 Wolves
Memphis Grizzlies 19:00 Thunder
Utah Jazz 21:00 Blazers

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