Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers - 4/18/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (48-34) at Cleveland Cavaliers (50-32)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -8 -- Over/Under: 209 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers look to level the series when they host the Indiana Pacers at the Quicken Loans Arena in Game 2 on Wednesday.
The Indiana Pacers were in great form as they had won eight of their last 11 regular season games before pulling off the upset in a 98-80 win over the Cavaliers in Game 1 on Sunday. Victor Oladipo had his fingerprints all over this game as he drained six threes to lead the team with 32 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals. Myles Turner added 16 points while Bojan Bogdanovic chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Pacers shot 45 percent from the field and 11 of 28 from the three-point line as they jumped all over the Cavaliers in the first quarter to give themselves a nice early 19-point cushion. Overall, the Pacers will be satisfied with their performance as they simply outhustled the Cavaliers on both ends of the floor and there was just no running them down.
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Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers were in solid form themselves as they had won six of their last eight regular season games but they just didn’t come out with that sense of urgency and found themselves trailing by 20 points in the blink of an eye. LeBron James led the team with a triple-double of 24 points with 10 rebounds and 12 assists, JR Smith came alive in the third quarter to finish with 15 points while Larry Nance Jr chipped in with 10 points but no other player finished in double figures. As a team, the Cavaliers shot just 38 percent from the field and eight of 34 from the three-point line but maybe we should just credit the Pacers’ defense for this one because the Cavaliers certainly had plenty of wide open looks in that first quarter.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pacers are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 against the Eastern Conference and 6-1 ATS in their last seven against the NBA Central. The Cavaliers are 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 home games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
Head to head, the Pacers are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Cleveland and 14-5-1 ATS in the last 20 meetings overall.
The Pacers have been running hot for a while now and they really came out firing in a big statement win in Game 1. However, the Cavaliers will have three days to rest and regroup before Game 2 and the only way is up for them after their poor showing on Sunday. I’m tempted to go with the Cavaliers to bounce back with an emphatic win, but I think this one will be close till the end so I’m taking the Pacers with the points again.