Cavaliers vs. Pacers Pick
The Indiana Pacers erased a 17-point halftime deficit at home Friday night to shock LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now up 2-1 in the series, is Indiana going to get one step closer to eliminating Cleveland with another victory tonight?
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Bankers Life Fieldhouse at 8:30PM ET
Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the line between the Cavaliers and Pacers is set as a pick'em. The total sits at 205 points. As of Sunday afternoon, 66 percent of public bets are coming in on visiting Cleveland. Check out our NBA Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.
Cavs have no answer for Bogdanovic
Cleveland has struggled to defend 3-point shooters all season and small forward Bojan Bogdanovic is the best Indiana has in that regard. After a poor shooting night in Game 1 and a nondescript Game 2 outing, Bogdanovic came through in a big way with 30 points to help the Pacers establish a 2-1 series lead. He shot 11-of-15 from the floor while also connecting on 7-of-9 from 3-point range including a couple late ones to help seal the deal. Bogdanovic averaged 14.3 points per game on the season and is being relied on heavily in the playoffs as he's averaging 35.3 minutes of floor time.
LeBron has another dominant outing in loss
It's remarkable that Indiana was able to come back from a 57-40 halftime deficit even at home in a playoff game with LeBron James involved. He was his typical self in this contest with 28 points on 10-of-22 shooting while pulling down 12 rebounds and dishing out eight assists. Only two other Cavs were in double figures in scoring as Kevin Love scored 19 and George Hill had 13. LeBron will be 34 at the end of the year, but it still appears like his basketball abilities will remain forever. Let's hope.
NBA Betting Trends
The Cavaliers are 0-4 ATS in their last four games played. The under is 4-0 in the last four Cleveland games played.
The Pacers are 16-5-1 ATS in the last 22 meetings. The under is 4-0 in the last four meetings in Indiana.
Cleveland has been awful ATS all season and come in with a 32-52-1 record in that regard. Indiana, on the other hand, hasn't gotten much respect from oddsmakers and are 50-35 ATS. While two-thirds of public bets are trusting in LeBron, I'm not in that group. Indiana sorted out its issues after halftime of Game 3 and proceeded to dominate the second half. Look for the Pacers to build off that and feed off a crowd that will undoubtedly be very loud. This is a solid spot for the hosts.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: CLEVELAND CAVALIERS PICK'EM