Cleveland Cavaliers (3-1) at Indiana Pacers (3-1)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers -7 -- Over/Under: 216 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers meet Thursday in NBA action at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Cleveland Cavaliers look for a win to build on their 3-1 record. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 113.3 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 105.5 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Collin Sexton is averaging 25.3 points and 2.3 rebounds while Andre Drummond is averaging 19.8 points and 3.5 assists. Darius Garland is the third double-digit scorer and Cedi Osman is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 38.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.3 rebounds per game.
The Indiana Pacers also look to build on their 3-1 record. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 116.3 points on 51.8 percent shooting and allowing 109 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Victor Oladipo is averaging 22.7 points and 3.7 assists while Domantas Sabonis is averaging 21.8 points and 11 rebounds. Malcolm Brogdon is the third double-digit scorer and TJ Warren is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 30.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 41.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game.
The Cavaliers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Pacers are 16-39 ATS in their last 55 Thursday games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games as a favorite. The over is 6-2 in Pacers last 8 games as a favorite. The Cavaliers are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Indiana and 9-22-2 ATS in the last 33 meetings.
The Cleveland Cavaliers probably aren't as good as their early start indicates, but it's hard to ignore the way they're playing, especially on the offensive end where everybody is involved and they're shooting high percentages across the board. The Indiana Pacers are a team we've backed a lot this season and a club I've been high on, but this feels like a lot of points to lay, especially in an early start. Give me the Cavs and the free buckets.