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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers Pick-Odds-Production 1/5/14

Indiana Pacers (26-6) at Cleveland Cavaliers (11-22)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)

The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers +9.5 -- Over/Under: 184 See the Latest Odds


The Indiana Pacers head to Cleveland on Sunday to face off against the Cavs.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are sitting at 11-22 this season, while going 9-7 at home on the year.  The Cleveland Cavaliers have the 23rd ranked scoring offense in the league this season, but Irving is leading the Cavs offense with a solid average of 22.2 points per game.  The Cavs have really struggled lately, going just 1-7 in their last eight games overall.  The last outing for the Cavs was on Saturday, where the Cavs fell to the Nets in Brooklyn 89-82. 

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers Pick-Odds-Production 1/5/14

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The Indiana Pacers are atop many people’s power rankings this season, as the Pacers are 26-6 overall on the year.  Indiana has the top defense in the league right now, as the Pacers are allowing just 88.9 points per game.  The only thing that concerns me about the Pacers come playoff time is the offensive production.  George is great, putting up 23.5 points per game but as a whole, the Pacers offense is scoring an average of 98.1 points per game.  Indiana has won three out of their four games heading into Sunday’s meeting with the Cavs, with their last win coming on Saturday against the Pelicans 99-82.

The Pacers are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games following a team with a losing record, and the Pacers are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games following an ATS win.  The Pacers are also 4-1 against the spread in their last five games following an outright win.

The Cavs are 4-1 against the spread following an outright loss, and the Cavs are 8-2 against the spread in their last ten home games.  The Cavs are also 4-1 against the spread in their last five games when playing on no rest.

Taking the Pacers here.  The Cavs do play better at home, but I just don't see the Cavs getting much against this defense.  The Pacers offense should have no problem putting up points against the Cavs, covering this near double digit number on Sunday.

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