Cavaliers vs. Pacers Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Cavaliers are set as a 4.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 220 points.
Cleveland comes in at 18-7 overall and 9-15-1 ATS after a 101-95 home win over the Kings, its 13th consecutive victory. Indiana is 14-11 overall and 15-10 ATS following a 98-96 home win over the Bulls. The Pacers won the first meeting this season by a score of 124-107 in Cleveland on Nov. 1. The Cavs are 7-2 straight up and 4-5 ATS in nine meetings since the start of last season. The over is 6-3.
In the win over Sacramento, LeBron James led the way with 32 points along with 11 rebounds and nine assists. He also had three steals and two blocked shots. Kevin Love contributed 18 points and 13 rebounds. Jeff Green added 17 points and three rebounds off the bench. Cleveland outscored the Kings 28-17 in the fourth quarter.
Victor Oladipo tallied 27 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists in the victory over Chicago. Bojan Bogdanovic recorded 17 points, three assists and two rebounds. Darren Collison added 14 points and two assists. Indiana outscored the Bulls 29-13 in the fourth quarter.
Cleveland is 4-11-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings. The over is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
The Cavaliers are on fire, but it isn't doing a lot for their against the spread record as many games are being played closer than projections. Oladipo and the Pacers are playing with a lot of confidence and chemistry right now. With the Pacers holding home-court advantage, I like their chances to end Cleveland's win streak in this spot or at least stay within the 4.5-point spread.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: INDIANA PACERS +4.5