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(3-1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers (3-1)
Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020
Time: 3:00PM EST
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: Pacers -332
NBA Betting Odds: Pacers -8
NBA Betting Total: 217.5
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Both of these teams suffered their first loss of the season in their most recent games. Both look to rebound on New Year’s Eve.
Cleveland has been a nice surprise, though losing to the Knicks might have been very “Cleveland”.
Indiana played back to back games against the Celtics thanks to the new scheduling format. They went 1-1.
With three wins already the Cavs probably have more than many thought they might get before the end of January, let alone 2020.
Cleveland has shown some growth this season as their backcourt has increased their consistency.
There may not be a more consistent player in the league than Andre Drummond. He is posting averages of over 15 boards a night with more than 2 each in the blocks and steals category. He will never lead the league in scoring but his presence is always there.
Back to the guard, Collin Sexton has been on fire to start the season. He is making over 53% from three and from the field and scoring 25ppg.
Darius Garland is hot quite as en fuego, making just 45% of his threes while leading the team in assists. His turnovers are down too.
If the Cavs are going to sustain winning for the season they probably have to get something out of Kevin Love. He can’t play the minutes he once did but perhaps he can be productive in the time he gets.
Right now they are getting more from Jevale McGee, who has been a pleasant backup when they need to rest Drummond.
The Pacers lost their first game of the season on Tuesday night. Falling to Boston, a team they had beaten just a couple of days before.
A couple of things stand out from the loss. On the positive, the Pacers had all five of their starters in double-figures, led by Victor Oladipo with 24 points. That is kind of the way they want things to be.
On the negative, they got very little production from their bench. Justin Holiday made a few shots but that was it. The bench is also really small with Goga Bitadze out for a little while.
It is just a few games in but the Pacers have some interesting splits on offense. They are tops in the league in overall shooting percentage but third last in three-point shooting.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 9-1 in CLE last 10 vs. NBA Central.
- CLE are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games.
- CLE are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Central.
- IND are 16-39 ATS in their last 55 Thu. games.
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Prediction:
Indiana is definitely the better team and they match up well with Cleveland too. If they play both bigs, as they have been, Drummond can only match up with one, either Sabonis or Turner.
That gives them a real mismatch with the other if they choose to exploit it. That lack of outside shooting has to turn at some point too.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pacers ATS
Look for Indiana to get the win at home. I am guessing they are -7. They can cover that and win by 10.
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