Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 11/2/13
Cleveland Cavaliers (1-0) at Indiana Pacers (2-0)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers -9 -- Over/Under: 188.5 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers look to remain perfect as they welcome Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers to town on Saturday night.
Head to head, the Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings while the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Pacers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. The Cavaliers on the other hand are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600, but just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
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The Indiana Pacers have picked up right where they left off at the end of last season, winning their first two games of their 2013-14 campaign. After easily accounting for the Orlando Magic in the first official game of the new NBA season, the Pacers had a little more trouble dispatching the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night, trailing by 16 points at the major break. However, the visitors would rally and thanks to a 36-24 final quarter, would leave the Big Easy with a hard-fought 95-90 victory.
The Cleveland Cavaliers quest to also start 2-0 came up short on Friday night as they fell to the Charlotte Bobcats 90-84 in the Queens City. Having defeated the Brooklyn Nets in their season opener, the Cavaliers couldn’t back things up against the pesky Bobcats, despite 22 points off the bench from C.J Miles. Cleveland started the game slowly and never really got on track, shooting just 38.1% from the field and committing 17 turnovers. All-Star guard Kyrie Irving was outplayed by his good friend Kemba Walker, who scored 23 points to go along with seven assists while Irving finished with 16 points (which included just one point in the fourth) on 7-17 shooting.
There are plenty of reasons to like the Pacers in this one. For one, the Cavaliers just lost in Charlotte last night and this will be there third game in four nights. Secondly, they have defeated Cleveland on five straight occasions by an average of 14.2 points per game. Having said that, the Cavs have got their best team since the last season Lebron James was still there and I’m not entirely sure the back-to-back should affect them too much this early in the season. I could see Cleveland getting the late back door cover here…
Dan's Pick: Cleveland +9