Pacers vs. Cavs Prediction
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.
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.
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