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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers - 1/8/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers
Date & Time Tuesday January 8, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Quicken Loans Arena
Cleveland
The Line
The Line: Cleveland +10.5 -- Over/Under 208
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NBA | Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers
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The Indiana Pacers and the Cleveland Cavaliers duke it out at the Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday night.

The Indiana Pacers have been in great form as they’ve won 13 of their past 16 games but they will be looking to bounce back after having their six-game win streak snapped by the Raptors in a 121-105 road loss on Sunday. Bojan Bogdanovic led the team with 21 points, Domantas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo each scored 16 points while Thaddeus Young chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Pacers shot 45 percent from the field and an ugly four of 17 from the 3-point line which was never going to be enough to hang with the Raptors who shot 51 percent from the field and 17 of 33 from the 3-point line. Myles Turner sat out the game with a right shoulder injury and his status for Tuesday is unclear. With the loss, Indiana dropped to 26-13 overall and 12-8 on the road.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been in a real slump as they’ve lost 11 of their last 12 games and they will be aiming to snap a nine-game losing streak after falling to the Pelicans in a 133-98 home loss on Saturday. Jordan Clarkson led the team with 23 points off the bench, Collin Sexton and Jalen Jones each scored 15 points while Cedi Osman chipped in with 13 points and five assists. As a team, the Cavaliers shot just 40 percent from the field while allowing the Pelicans to shoot a ridiculous 58 percent from the field. With the loss, Cleveland fell to 8-32 overall and 5-16 at home where they have now lost six straight.

Looking at the betting trends, the Pacers are 35-16 ATS in their last 51 games following a loss, 21-8 ATS in their last 29 games following a loss of more than 10 points and 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games. The Cavaliers are 25-51-1 ATS in their last 77 home games, 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the road team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings, the Pacers are 20-7-1 ATS in the last 28 meetings overall and 12-2 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Cleveland.

The Pacers have quietly been one of the form teams of the league with 13 wins in their last 16 games and I think they will come out firing after a rare loss in their last outing. The Cavaliers are currently the worst team in the league and they’ve barely been competitive as eight of their last nine losses during this skid have been by double digits. The Pacers are 12-2 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Cleveland and I think that trend continues as the Pacers cruise in this one.

 

Pick:
Indiana -10.5

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