Pacers vs. Cavaliers - 2/27/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (37-22) at Indiana Pacers (23-34)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers +4 -- Over/Under: 199.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, FSMW
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers meet Friday night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have won four straight games and begin a two-game road trip. On the season, the Cavs are averaging 102.6 points on 45.8 percent shooting and are allowing 98.7 points on 45.4 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.7 points and 7.3 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 21.6 points and 5.3 assists. Kevin Love is grabbing 10.4 rebounds and J.R. Smith is shooting 42.1 percent from the field. The Cleveland Cavaliers are coming off a Thursday win over the Golden State Warriors in which they allowed just 42.4 percent shooting. The Cavs improve defensive play has sparked this stretch, as they’re allowing just 41.5 percent shooting from the field in their last five games. The Cavs have lost 13 of their 22 games on the road.
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The Indiana Pacers look for a big win after winning six of their last eight games. On the season, the Pacers are averaging 96.1 points on 43.7 percent shooting and are allowing 97.3 points on 44 percent shooting. George Hill is averaging 13.5 points and 3.9 assists while David West is averaging 12.7 points and 7.2 rebounds. Rodney Stuckey is dishing 3.1 assists and C.J. Miles is shooting 38.3 percent from the field. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from deep in their last five games. Offense isn’t the Pacers game, but they’ve won nine of their last 10 games when topping 100 points. The Pacers are just 12-14 SU on their home court but have won four of their last six.
The Cavaliers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Central and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Pacers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 0-7-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest. The Cavaliers are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Indiana and the home team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
While I am in fear of a letdown for the Cavs after just beating the Warriors, the Cavs are flat out on a roll recently and are the far better team here. I'll take my chances with Cleveland and the reasonable number on the road.