Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM (Rocket Mortgage Field House)
IND -195, IND -4.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
On Saturday the Indiana Pacers head to Cleveland for an early season match up with the Cavaliers. The Pacers come into the game with a record of 0-1 after losing to the Detroit Pistons at home in their season opener. The Pacers defense was unable to stop Detroit center, Andre Drummond who scored 32 points and had 23 rebounds on the night. The Pacers had a good offensive game as well with power forward Domantas Sabonis leading the team in points with 27 while going 11 of 15 from the line. Sabonis also led his team in rebounds with 13 with an impressive 5 offensively. Malcolm Brogdon who was making his debut with the Pacers had a decent game, scoring 22 points while leading the team in assists with 11.
The Pacers enter Saturday’s game shooting 46.1 percent in field goal attempts and will be looking to tighten up their defense against a weak offensive Cleveland team. Indiana will be looking for another big game from Domantas Sabonis as he appears to be the main offensive factor for the Pacers. The Pacers are still waiting on the return of Victor Oladipo who is listed as out for this match up. Jeremy Lamb is also on the injury report for the Pacers, but unlike Oladipo, he is listed as day to day.
Much like their opponent, the Cleveland Cavaliers come into Saturday’s game after losing their first game of the season and are now 0-1. The Cavs really struggled on offense and were defeated by the Orlando Magic, 94-85. Cleveland’s scoring output was led by Tristan Thompson who scored 16 points and had 11 rebounds and an assist to his credit. Kevin Love also played a good game on the glass, recording 18 rebounds which was a team high. Rookie Darius Garland had a successful NBA debut, the fifth overall pick from this years draft recorded a team high 5 assists.
The Cavs enter their game against the Pacers looking to improve in all aspects of their game. Cleveland shot a dismal 37.5 percent in field goals during their first game and need a lot more production from the offensive end of the court if they want to improve on last years record. The Cavs will be without Dylan Windler once again on Saturday as he is listed as out on the team’s injury reports while power forward John Henson is listed as day to day.
The Cavs are a young team and are in year two of rebuilding after a second Lebron James exit from the team. Cleveland just isn’t going to be very good offensively until the younger players find their footing. Indiana on the other hand, still has their eyes set on being competitive this season in a tough eastern conference. Looking at the stat lines, there isn’t any question that Indiana will walk out of this game with a win. The only stat that Cleveland was better in than the Pacers in their first game was rebounds with 54 compared to the Pacers 36. Indiana wins 110-95 and covers the spread.