Indiana Pacers (48-34) at Cleveland Cavaliers (50-32)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 3:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 214 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Sunday in game one of the first round of the NBA playoffs at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Indiana Pacers look to make an early statement in this series after being one of the bigger surprises in the season already. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 105.6 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 104.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Victor Oladipo is averaging 23.1 points and 4.3 assists while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 14.3 points and 3.4 rebounds. Myles Turner is the third double-digit scorer and Darren Collinson is dishing 5.3 assists. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.4 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have split their last eight road games.
The Cleveland Cavaliers hope they can turn things around in the playoffs after such an up and down season. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 110.9 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 109.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 27.5 points and 9.1 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds. Jordan Clarkson is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Green is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won eight of their last nine home games.
The Pacers are 35-15-1 ATS in their last 51 Sunday games, 12-5 ATS in their last 17 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Central. The Cavaliers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games, 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 home games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Pacers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Cleveland, 13-5-1 ATS in the last 19 meetings and the under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Indiana Pacers are a fiesty basketball team that scraps it out on both ends of the floor and has won three of the last four meetings against the Cleveland Cavaliers. We know LeBron is a different player come postseason basketball, and he usually can carry his team as well, but I'm still not high on these guys and the lack of defense isn't something you fix overnight. The Indiana Pacers have a team full of roughriders and won't enter this series intimated one bit. There's value with the points here.