ESPN will broadcast this big Central Division match in Cleveland, and LeBron James will be the dominant force in helping the Cavaliers avenge and earlier loss to the Detroit Pistons.

A nice 'watch and win' situation with this big Central Division showdown being televised on ESPN in Cleveland between the Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons.

One key here is the scheduling situation as the Pistons are coming off of a big home win over Denver last night. That makes this a back-to-back situation for the Pistons and it’s also Detroit’s third game in four nights, and that makes this a tough spot for Detroit as the Cavaliers are rested (third game in four nights but had yesterday off) and the Cavs are seeking revenge from a blowout loss at Auburn Hills earlier this season.

Cleveland star LeBron James was forced to leave that late November game early on due to an injury. The Cavs went on to lose the game by 35 points and, needless to say, Cleveland is fully focused on making amends for that loss today behind a now healthy James.

The Pistons have been red hot but have been helped by their schedule as they’ve just completed a five-game homestand. Note that Detroit is just a mediocre 4-3 in their last seven road games. Cleveland has also been struggling on the road but the story at home has been quite different. At Quicken Loans Arena, the Cavaliers have now won seven straight games. They will remain red hot here as, after a loss at Orlando Monday, yesterday’s off day helped the Cavaliers in preparing for the Pistons.

Cleveland will certainly be fired up tonight as the loss to the Magic, coupled with this being a big revenge game for the Cavs, will mean full intensity is brought to the floor by the Cavaliers. The Cavs are a different, and much deeper team, than they were when they faced the Pistons in late November. We feel they have improved their team chemistry with the trades.

Also, let’s not forget how much trouble the Pistons had with LeBron in last spring’s postseason. Now James has an even better supporting cast and the Cavaliers wlll get the job done on their home floor tonight. Play Cleveland plus the points for Wednesday night.

Free Pick: Cavaliers +1 (-110)