Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers - 2/29/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (31-27) at Cleveland Cavaliers (41-17)
NBA Basketball: Monday, February 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -8 -- Over/Under: 208 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers and the Cleveland Cavaliers collide tonight at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Pacers have lost three of their last four games and are in danger of losing a third straight after losing at Portland by 111-102 last night. Monta Ellis led the way with 18 points while Jordan Hill added 15 points off the bench, but the Pacers needed much more from Paul George who scored just 11 points on four of 15 shooting, his lowest points total for a game since Feb 1. With the disappointing loss, Indiana fell to 31-28 on the season which is currently good enough for sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings, just half a game ahead of Charlotte and Chicago who occupy the seventh and eighth spots.
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Meanwhile, the Cavaliers currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 41-17, but their ranking could be in danger as they've lost three of their last four games following yesterday's 113-99 loss at Washington. Kyrie Irving led the way with 28 points and six assists while Kevin Love and Iman Shumpert added 12 points each, but the Cavs were always playing catchup as they fell behind by double digits early in the game and never looked likely to make a comeback without the services of LeBron James who was rested for the game.
In ATS trends, the Pacers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games playing on zero days rest, while the Cavs are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games playing on zero days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last six against the Eastern Conference.
Head to head, the Pacers are 4-0-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the home team is 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
The Cavs have really shown some slippage over their last four games, but they'll be eager to win this one to stay atop the Eastern standings, so I'm sticking with the Cavs to bounce back and win against a Pacers team in a bit of a slump.