The Indiana Pacers (14-11) look to put an end to the 13-game winning streak of Cleveland when they welcome the Cavaliers (18-7) to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 220.5 points with Cleveland set as a 2-point favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Friday, December 8, 2017, and it can be seen on Fox Sports – Ohio.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers Betting Preview
The Cavaliers defeated the Sacramento Kings in their last contest, 101-95. LeBron James was the games high scorer with 32 points on 12-for-18 shooting. The Cavaliers had a better free throw rate (0.167 vs. 0.081) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.564 (above their season average of 0.553).
In the Pacers last game, they defeated the Chicago Bulls, 98-96. With 27 points on 10-for-20 shooting, Victor Oladipo was the top scorer from either team. Indiana’s 12.5 turnover percentage was their biggest strength over Chicago, who had a rate of 15.1. The Pacers mark was better than their season average of 12.6.
Indiana may have trouble getting to the foul line in this battle. The Pacers currently rank 24th in the league with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.175, while Cleveland ranks fifth in FTA rate allowed (0.173). Additionally, the elite offense of the Cavaliers ranks fourth in effective field goal percentage (0.554), while the Pacers are fifth-worst in the league at effective field goal percentage allowed (0.534).
Of Cleveland’s 25 games, 14 have finished over the O/U total, while 12 of Indiana’s 25 games have finished over the projected point total. The Cavaliers have the superior straight up (SU) record (18-7 vs. 14-11), but the Pacers hold the significant advantage against the spread (ATS) (15-10 vs. 9-15-1).
Kevin Love has really been playing well over the last five games for Cleveland, averaging 24.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
These teams have already met once this season. In that game, the two teams combined for 231 points, which was over the projected point total of 217. The Pacers won 124-107, covering as 10-point underdogs. The Pacers played a nearly perfect game. They had a turnover percentage of 10.3 and an extraordinary effective field goal percentage of 0.633. For those same stats, the Cavaliers put up marks of 14.4 and 0.541, respectively. Darren Collison had a standout performance in the victory, putting up 25 points, eight assists and five rebounds.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Cavaliers, ATS Winner – Cavaliers, O/U – Under
- The Cavaliers rank fifth in three pointers attempted per game (32.4) while the Pacers rank 23rd (25.4).
- Indiana ranks 15th in second chance points per game (12.5) while Cleveland ranks 18th in second chance points allowed per game (12.5).
- Cleveland ranks 14th in points in the paint per game (43.7) while Indiana ranks 26th in points allowed in the paint per game (49.2).
- Indiana is 7-5 ATS at home, while Cleveland is 8-4 ATS on the road.
- The Cavaliers have 7 overs and 5 unders in 12 road games.
- The Pacers have 7 unders, 4 overs and 1 push in 12 home games.
- Indiana is 7-0 when they allow under 100 points, while Cleveland is 8-0.
- When reaching the century mark, the Cavaliers are 18-5 and the Pacers are 12-5.
- The Pacers rank fifth in points off turnovers per game (19.2) while the Cavaliers rank 11th in points off turnovers allowed per game (16.7).
- Cleveland ranks fourth in blocks allowed per game (4.1) while Indiana ranks 27th (5.6).
- The Pacers average 23.3 assists per game, which ranks sixth in the NBA. The Cavaliers rank 29th in assists allowed per game (24.9).
- Indiana ranks fourth in fast break points per game (15.0) while Cleveland ranks 23rd (9.0).
- Indiana is 3-2 ATS with 2 overs, 2 unders and 1 push in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Cleveland is 2-3 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
- The Pacers average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.2, up from 1.1 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Cavaliers have scored an average of 111.8 points per game (0.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 101.6 points per game (6.0 below their season average).