Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers Betting Prediction


The league’s top scoring defense will be 12-point favorites at home in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, when the Indiana Pacers (20-10) square off with the Cleveland Cavaliers (7-23). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 208 points and it will air on Fox Sports – Ohio at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 18, 2018.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers ATS Odds

Neither team was able to cover in their last contest. The Pacers (12-point favorites) defeated the New York Knicks, 110-99, while the Cavaliers (9-point underdogs) fell to the Philadelphia 76ers, 128-105. The Indiana game went 7.5 points under the projected point total of 216.5, while the Cleveland game finished 15 points over the projected point total of 218.

Indiana dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.207 (above their season average of 0.179) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.529 (below their season average of 0.530). For those same stats, New York was 0.169 and 0.472, respectively. Cleveland, on the other hand, was en fuego from three-point land (12-30; 40.0 percent). Indiana’s Victor Oladipo played well, putting up 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Cleveland, meanwhile, was lifted by Jordan Clarkson, who put up 18 points and six rebounds.

In their first matchup this year, Oladipo led the Pacers to a 119-107 victory. He produced 24 points and 6 assists. Indiana covered as a 7-point favorite and the two teams combined to score 226 points, which was over the projected point total of 213.5. Indiana had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.682 vs. 0.506). Cleveland, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (44.4 vs. 14.8).

Of the Cavaliers’ 30 games, 16 have finished under the O/U total. Cleveland holds records of 7-23 straight up (SU) and 14-16 against the spread (ATS).

Of the Pacers’ 30 games, 20 have finished under the total. Moreover, Indiana owns records of 20-10 SU and 15-14-1 ATS.

Thaddeus Young has been playing at a high level as of late for Indiana, averaging 20 points,9.8 rebounds,3.4 assists,1.4 steals over the last five games.

Half-court execution will be critical when a pair of the league’s slowest-paced teams face off. Indiana ranks 24th in possessions per game (100.6) and Cleveland is 29th (98.2). Furthermore, the Cavaliers’ 21st-ranked offense (offensive efficiency of 105.3) will clash against the Pacers’ third-ranked defense (defensive efficiency of 101.5).

Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers Free Pick

Free Pick: SU Winner – Pacers, ATS Winner – Pacers, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • The Pacers rank 4 in rebounds allowed per game (42.46666666666667) while the Cavaliers rank 7 (42.86666666666667).
  • Indiana ranks third in points off turnovers per game (19.5) while Cleveland ranks 29th (13.7).
  • The Pacers rank second in points allowed in the paint per game (41.8) while the Cavaliers rank 21st (50.1).
  • Indiana ranks ninth in fast break points per game (14.5) while Cleveland ranks 26th (10.1).
  • Indiana ranks 3 in second chance points allowed per game (11.266666666666667) while Cleveland ranks 13 (12.633333333333333).
  • The Pacers rank fourth in steals per game (9.0) while the Cavaliers rank 25th (6.7).
  • The Pacers rank 14 in blocks per game (5.233333333333333) while the Cavaliers rank 28 (2.3).
  • Cleveland and Indiana both average 25.2 three pointers per game, which ranks 26 in the NBA.
  • Indiana ranks eighth in assists per game (25.3) while Cleveland ranks 29th (19.9).
  • Indiana is 11-1 when they hold opponents under 100 points, while Cleveland is 2-2.
  • When scoring above 100 points, the Cavaliers are 6-12 and the Pacers are 17-5.
  • Cleveland is 7-6 ATS on the road, while Indiana is 8-7 ATS at home.
  • In 13 road games, the Cavaliers have 8 unders and 5 overs.
  • The Pacers have 12 unders and 3 overs in 15 home games.

Bettings Trends:

  • The Pacers are 4-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Cavaliers are 2-3.
  • In their last five games, Indiana has 5 unders, while Cleveland has 3 overs and 2 unders.
  • During their last five games, the Pacers have scored an average of 110.4 points per game (3.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 99.0 points per game (2.2 below their season average).
  • The Cavaliers\u2019 average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 5.8, down from 8.4 for the season.