Pacers vs. Cavaliers Prediction
The Indiana Pacers forced a Game 7 with a blowout victory at home versus the Cleveland Cavaliers. Will Indiana complete the series win this afternoon by earning a win as the underdog in Cleveland?
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Quicken Loans Arena at 1PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Cavaliers are a 5.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 199 points. As of Sunday morning, 66 percent of public bets are coming in on visiting Indiana. Check out our NBA Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Oladipo registers triple-double in dominant win
Pacers shooting guard Victor Oladipo shrugged off a few sluggish performances by compiling a triple-double in Game 6 with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to guide the way to the 121-87 victory. He shot 11-of-19 from the floor and also contributed four steals. Oladipo had only shot 12-of-50 from the floor in the previous three games combined, so his performance came in the nick of time. Another one like it could lead Indiana to an upset win this afternoon.
LeBron receives little help
The Pacers stifled the entire Cavaliers offense as even LeBron James had a down game with 22 points to go with seven assists and five rebounds, but the rest of the Cleveland starters did not provide much at all as none finished in double figures in scoring. Jeff Green had 13 points off the bench, while Rodney Hood added 12. Expect a massive effort from LeBron today, win or lose. This is the kind of game where he always steps up big time. But will it matter if he once again gets a subpar performance from the majority of his teammates?
NBA Betting Trends
The Pacers are 7-1 ATS in the last eight games in Cleveland. Indiana is 4-0 ATS in its last four road games.
The under is 4-0 in the last four Cavaliers home games. The under is 7-1-1 in the last nine meetings.
I've been picking Indiana all series with spreads slanted a little too heavily toward a Cavaliers team that has been dreadful ATS all season at 33-54-1. The Pacers have covered five of the six games this series and the 5.5 points here seems a bit high, especially with how badly of a hurting the Pacers put on Cleveland last game. I just don't see how you can trust the Cavs to win by that many points here. Maybe LeBron hits another buzzer-beater for the win, but that sure isn't covering the spread. Take Indiana.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: INDIANA PACERS +5.5