Pacers vs. Cavs Pick
Can the Cleveland Cavaliers avoid another loss at home when they take on the Indiana Pacers tonight at 7:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Cleveland is favored in this game, as the Cavs are getting odds of -6 points against the Pacers. The over/under total for the game is listed at 222 points. Indiana has won all three meetings with the Cavs this season despite being an underdog in all three games. That includes a 124-107 win at Cleveland in November. Tonight’s game takes place from Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
Cleveland has lost three straight and six of its last seven following a 114-102 loss at San Antonio a few days ago. The Cavs are 27-19 overall, 16-6 at home and 12-33-1 against the spread. Cleveland is averaging 109.5 points per game this season while allowing 109.6 per contest. The Cavs are giving up 116 points per game over their last five. LeBron James is averaging 26.8 points. 7.9 rebounds and 8.6 assists per game this season to lead the Cavs while Kevin Love is adding 18.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest.
The Pacers are coming off back-to-back wins over San Antonio and Phoenix. Indiana is now 26-22 overall, 11-12 on the road and 27-21 against the spread. The Pacers are putting up 106.4 points per game this year while allowing 105.2 per contest. Indy is giving up just 96 points per game over its last five. Myles Turner is questionable to play tonight as he deals with an elbow injury. He is averaging 13.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Victor Oladipo is adding 24.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4 assists per contest.
The Cavs are in a real funk and dealing with some turmoil. In their lone win over these last seven games, it was by just 1 point at home over Orlando despite being an 11.5-point favorite. Cleveland has failed to cover in nine straight and now faces a team that has had its number all season. I will gladly take Indiana and some points against this distracted Cleveland team. The public betting is behind the Cavs, but I like the Pacers to cover, if not win.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: INDIANA PACERS +6