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|CLEVELAND CAVALIERS||INDIANA PACERS|
|Lead NBA Round 1 against Indiana Pacers 2-0||April 20, 7:00 PM | Bankers Life Fieldhouse||Trail NBA Round 1 against Cleveland Cavaliers 0-2|
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
|Team / Live in game Betting at||Spread||Money Line||Total|
|709 –Cleveland Cavaliers||-2½ -105||-133||Ov 210½ -110|
|710 –Indiana Pacers||+2½ -115||+113||Un 210½ -110|
The fans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse will be treated to a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Indiana Pacers when they take their seats on Thursday.
ABOUT THE CAVALIERS: Point guard Kyrie Irving (37 points), power forward Kevin Love (27) and James (25) combined for 89 points in the 117-111 victory in Game 2, becoming the first trio to each score 25 points or more in the franchise’s playoff history. James (5,629) is 12 points away from passing Kobe Bryant for third place on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list and he is pleased with the team-first showing the club is displaying. “Our mindset is what we can do to help each other to be successful out on the floor,” James said. “We have a game plan from our coaching staff and we just try to execute that. We can’t worry about what the opponent is feeling or if they feel like they lost composure.”
ABOUT THE PACERS: George is on edge and criticized Miles for taking the last shot in Game 1 – “I got to get the last shot,” George asserted – and then he ripped swingman Lance Stephenson’s antics and power forward Myles Turner’s subpar play after Game 2. The 21-year-old Turner is averaging 8.5 points in the series – six below his regular-season average – while giving an effort George doesn’t feel is up to par. “He needs to make himself available down low in the post,” George told reporters of Turner. “He needs to know at this point he has to take it to the next level. We’ll continue to work with him. I’ve been in his ear all the way up until this point – you know, that next step.”
Paul George is being vocal about his teammates but he clearly is the only player capable of keeping the Indiana Pacers in the best-of-seven first-round series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The All-Star forward will try to keep the seventh-seeded Pacers from falling behind 3-0 when they host the second-seeded Cavaliers on Thursday.
George averaged 30.5 points and seven assists and knocked down 10 3-pointers as Indiana dropped the first two games and everyone understands the dire circumstances. “We know what’s at stake,” Pacers swingman C.J. Miles told reporters. “We’re going to go out there, keep trying to give them hell, keep competing and we’ll get ourselves a win.” Cleveland averaged 113 points while winning the first two games and All-Star forward LeBron James is impressed with what he’s seeing. “We’re right there of what we know we can become, and we’ll figure it out,” James told reporters. “… We make plays down the stretch to win a ball game in the postseason, and that’s all you can ask for. But we’re right there on turning the switch on what we really can become.”
In their last action, Indiana was a 117-111 loser on the road against the Cavaliers. They covered the +9-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (228) was profitable news for OVER bettors.
The Cavaliers were a 117-111 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Pacers. They failed to cover the -9-point spread as favorites, while the total score (228) made winners of OVER bettors.
Team record: 53-31 SU,36-46-2 ATS
Cleveland is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Cleveland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland’s last 6 games
Team record: 42-42 SU,41-43 ATS
Indiana is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Indiana is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana’s last 5 games
Cleveland at Indiana Sunday, April 23
NBA Playoffs Tips
1. The teams split two regular-season games at Indiana.
2. Indiana PG Jeff Teague (wrist) is expected to play after averaging 19 points through two games.
3. Cleveland SG J.R. Smith (hamstring) underwent an MRI exam (results were negative) and is questionable for Game 3.
Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Indiana Pacers will cover the spread at +2½ and the game will go over 210½ points, according to scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Pacers 107, Cavaliers 104 at .
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland’s last 6 games|
|Cleveland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games|
|Cleveland is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games|
|Cleveland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road|
|Cleveland is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road|
|Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Indiana|
|Cleveland is 2-11 ATS in its last 13 games when playing Indiana|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 5 games when playing Indiana|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Indiana|
|Cleveland is 2-12 SU in its last 14 games when playing on the road against Indiana|
|Cleveland is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Indiana|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana’s last 5 games|
|Indiana is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana’s last 5 games at home|
|Indiana is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana’s last 5 games when playing Cleveland|
|Indiana is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana’s last 6 games when playing at home against Cleveland|
|Indiana is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against Cleveland|
|Cleveland’s Overall Scoring vs Indiana’s Overall Defense||110.3||4||105.3||14|
|Cleveland’s Away Scoring vs Indiana’s Home Defense||108.0||4||101.7||8|
|Cleveland’s Road Rebounds vs Indiana’s Home Rebounds Allowed||42.4||19||44.0||23|
|Indiana’s Overall Scoring vs Cleveland’s Overall Defense||105.1||15||107.2||20|
|Indiana’s Home Scoring vs Cleveland’s Road Defense||106.9||14||109.8||22|
|Indiana’s Home Rebounds vs Cleveland’s Road Rebounds Allowed||42.5||27||45.8||26|
|TOP 3/BOTTOM 3|
|Cleveland is second best in the league in three points made with 13.0 per game.|
|Indiana is second in the league in free throw percentage at 81.0.|
|Indiana allows the highest free throw percentage at 78.9% per game.|