Cleveland Cavaliers (53-34) at Indiana Pacers (50-37)
|Date & Time||Friday April 27, 2018, 4:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Indiana Pacers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 204
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers meet Friday in game six of the first round of the NBA playoffs at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Cleveland Cavaliers can advance to the second round of the playoffs with a victory and get some much needed rest before playing the Wizards or Raptors. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 94.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 96.4 points on 47 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 34.8 points and eight assists while Kevin Love is averaging 11.8 points and 10.4 rebounds. Kyle Korver is grabbing three rebounds and George Hill is dishing 1.7 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 31.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.4 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.8 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won five of their last eight road games.
The Indiana Pacers need a victory here to save their season and force a game seven on Sunday. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 96.4 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 94.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Victor Oladipo is averaging 20.2 points and 5.2 assists while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 14.8 points and four rebounds. Myles Turner is the third double-digit scorer and Domantas Sabonis is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.6 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have won five of their last seven home games.
The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Pacers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Friday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cavaliers are 4-9-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Indiana, 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Besides the Indiana Pacers game one blowout, each game in this series could have gone either way. The Pacers have actually been the better team in most of these games, as they're getting consistent play from several guys and are shooting a much higher percentage from the field. The Cavs have some dude named LeBron, and that's about it, but he's doing everything he can and willing his team to victories as they try to scratch and crawl their way to the second round. With all that said, you have to like the Pacers chances of winning this game at home and forcing a game seven. The Cavalier continue to get blah play out of everybody not named LeBron, while the Pacers are shooting a high percentage from the field and have several guys they can count on to contribute. I'll take the better team and lay the bucket.