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Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 4/22/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cleveland Cavaliers (51-34) at Indiana Pacers (50-35)
Date & Time Sunday April 22, 2018, 8:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Indiana Pacers -1 -- Over/Under: 205
TV Channel
TNT, FSOH, FSMW
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NBA | Cleveland Cavaliers (51-34) at Indiana Pacers (50-35)
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers meet Sunday in game four of the first round of the NBA playoffs at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Cleveland Cavaliers need a victory here to tie the series up before going back home for game five on Wednesday. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 90 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 95.7 points on 48.3 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 32.7 points and 8.3 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 14.3 points and 10.3 rebounds. JR Smith is grabbing 2.3 rebounds and George Hill is dishing 1.7 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 30.9 percent from beyond the arc and 67.2 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.3 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won five of their last nine road games.  

The Indiana Pacers can take full control of this series with a victory here and take a 3-1 lead. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 95.7 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 90 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Victor Oladipo is averaging 24 points and 5.7 assists while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 17.7 points and 4.3 rebounds. Myles Turner is the third double-digit scorer and Lance Stephenson is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 64.9 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have won six of their last eight home games.

The Cavaliers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Conference Quarterfinals games, 9-23 ATS in their last 32 games following a ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Pacers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 9-2 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cavaliers are 3-9-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Indiana, 5-16-1 ATS in the last 22 meetings and underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

Humbe brag for a second. While everybody has been saying LeBron and this team will flip a switch come playoff time, I've been saying that the Cleveland Cavaliers are not a good basketball team, have nobody you can count on besides LeBron and don't play defense. As if defense wasn't an issue for the Cavs, they're now averaging the fewest points among playoff teams in three games and have no double-digit scorer outside of Love and LeBron. I know people are waiting for this switch to be flipped and LeBron will figure it out, but he has a team full of guys who can't be counted on, and despite him still being the best player in the league, he's no longer 26 years old and capable of carrying a team every single night at both ends of the court. The Indiana Pacers are a scrappy, deep bunch that smells blood in the water and has so many options offensively. Like I did all regular season, I'm fading the Cavs until the wheels fall off. We're quickly approaching that point. 

Pick:
Indiana Pacers -1

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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