Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers - 3/30/14
Indiana Pacers (52-21) at Cleveland Cavaliers (29-45)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 3:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers +6 -- Over/Under: 187 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers will meet for the fourth and final time during the regular season on Sunday. The Pacers lead the series 3-0.
The Pacers haven’t been themselves lately, losing three of their last five games, which includes a 91-78 loss on Friday to the Washington Wizards. On the season, the Pacers average 97.3 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allow 91.7 points on 41.7 percent shooting. However, the Pacers scoring average has dropped to 80.2 points on 37.8 percent shooting in their last five games. The Pacers have scored 100 or more points just twice in their last 15 games. Due to these offensive struggles, the Indiana Pacers are 35-37-1 ATS overall and 15-21 ATS on the road.
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The Cavaliers had their three-game winning streak snapped on Friday with a 108-97 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. On the season, the Cavs average 97.3 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allow 101.6 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Cleveland center Anderson Varejao is shooting an incredible 54.3 percent from the field in his last five games. And while the Cavaliers share similar scoring troubles with the Pacers, they are averaging 102.6 points in their last five contests. The Cleveland Cavaliers are 36-38 ATS overall and 20-16 ATS at home.
The Pacers are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 road games and 5-20-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Cavaliers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Pacers are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings against the Cavs.
The Pacers have been ice cold against the number for a good month, but this is where they bounce back. The Pacers loss to Washington was predictiable after the big win over Miami, however, this is where a championship contender usually gets things back on track and takes care of business. Take Indiana and the chalk, as the Cavs simply don't matchup well with the Pacers, which was obvious in the first thtree games this season.