Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 1/12/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (26-15) at Indiana Pacers (21-20)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 222 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, FSMW
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers meet Friday in NBA action at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Cleveland Cavaliers could use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 110.2 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 108.2 points on 47.1 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 27.2 points and nine assists while Kevin Love is averaging 19.4 points and 9.6 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas is the third double-digit scorer and Dwyane Wade is dishing 3.8 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 80.8 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost seven of their last eight road games.
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The Indiana Pacers could use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 107.3 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 47 percent shooting. Victor Oladipo is averaging 24.6 points and 4.1 assists while Myles Turner is averaging 13.9 points and 6.5 rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic is the third double-digit scorer and Domantas Sabonis is grabbing eight rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.9 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have lost six of their last nine home games.
The Cavaliers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference, 0-7 ATS in their last 7 road games and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Pacers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Friday games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Cavaliers are 3-7-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Indiana, 4-12-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings and the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
I've been the first to bash the Cleveland Cavaliers and say they're not as good as many think they are. I'm very low on the Cavs and don't think these struggles are a fluke. However, the Pacers aren't exactly playing any better at the moment, have piled up losses at home and have been just as bad against the number. There's also a bit of a revenge spot for the Cavs, as LeBron and his troops will be motivated to rebound after getting waxed on national TV. Two struggling clubs, I'll take the Cavs, but that doesn't change how I feel about this subpar team.