Pacers vs. Cavs Prediction

Cavs a bad bet to cover as home favorite vs. Pacers? NBA Predictions 4/2/17

The Cavs are a sizable home favorite tonight against the Pacers at 6:00PM ET. Will the Cavs cover or are they a bad bet?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Cavaliers are 8.5-point home favorites versus the Pacers, who opened as 9.5-point underdogs. As for the total, the number hit the board at 214 but has been bet up to 214.5.

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Indiana has dropped seven of its last 10 games and is just 3-7 against the spread during that span. Paul George scored 28 points during their 111-100 loss to the Raptors on Friday, adding nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes of play. Jeff Teague also added 19 points with four boards and five assists in the defeat.

LeBron James scored 34 points during the team's 122-105 win over the 76ers on Friday, adding nine rebounds, six assists and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes of play. Kyle Korver, meanwhile, isn't expected to play today against the Pacers after going through a walkthrough on Friday and Saturday.

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OUR PREDICTION: The Cavs may have gained some backers on Friday night but let's keep things in perspective: They beat a banged-up Philadelphia team and didn't play much defense in the process. The Pacers are struggling right now nbut they're also 7-2-1 against the spread in their last 10 games against the Cavs and are 6-2 against the number in their last eight games coming off a loss of more than 10 points. The Cavs, meanwhile, are just 2-6-1 against the spread in their last nine games overall and 0-3-1 against the number in their last four games coming off a win.

SUNDAY NBA PREDICTION: INDIANA PACERS +8.5

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