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(18-7) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers (14-11)
Date: Friday December 8
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indiana, Indianapolis
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Cavaliers -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 220.5
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Friday December 8, finds Central Division rivals the Cleveland Cavaliers tipping off versus host Indiana Pacers.
The Cavaliers boast the longest win streak in the Association at 13 games. Indiana continues to bring their offensive explosion to the court, but their inability (or desire) to play defense is limiting their ability to move up the ladder.
Last season, the squads played four times with the Cavaliers taking three of the four games, but the Pacers hold the all-time record 95-91.
A 13-game win by the Cavaliers includes 11 teams with losing records. Only the Pistons and 76ers have winning records. In both those games however, the Cavaliers soundly beat them. LeBron James continues to put up MVP type numbers as he leads his squad.
Despite their early ease of schedule Cleveland has dealt with other adversities, specifically injuries. Iman Shumpert (knee) will be out 6-8 weeks.
Isaiah Thomas is listed for a return in the New Year. Tristan Thompson remains out with a calf strain and is listed as day-to-day. Derrick Rose who took a self-imposed exile to contemplate his future is back with the team, but has no definitive return date.
Cleveland began winning when he was out, so his return poses a dilemma for head coach Ty Lue.
Dwayne Wade is performing well in his sixth man role and has the Cavaliers bench unit running smoothly. The Cavaliers reserves boast a 12.2 point differential second only to the Raptors.
The Pacers are producing the sixth ranked offense, but rank 19th on defense. Hence, if Head Coach Nate McMillan could convince his team to improve their effort on the opposite end of the hardwood they could easily move up in the standings.
Indiana is particularly adept from the perimeter where the rank second in scoring efficiency (39.8%) but rank 24th in attempts (25.0) and 19th in makes (10.0).
The players who are primarily responsible for this are Victor Oladipo and Bojan Bogdaonvic who attempt 5.4 and 5.0 three point shots per game respectively.
The x-factors on the squad is Lance Stephenson who can get hot in a minute or can serve as pest to throw off the opposing team.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Pacers are 6-3-1 ATS in last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 7-3 in last 10 head to head
- Cavaliers are 4-11-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings.
- Pacers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- Under is 6-2-1 in Cavaliers last 9 overall.
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Prediction:
Last time the teams met the Pacers took Cleveland by surprise putting 124 points up in a winning effort while holding the Cavaliers to 107 points. Suffice to say LeBron and company won’t be sleeping on Indiana this time round.
That said the Cavs allow the 27th most three-point makes in the NBA so perimeter defense will be key to extending the win streak to 14.
As for the Pacers they allow the third most points in the paint (49.2) so they’ll need a concerted effort to stop the Cavs in transition while protecting the rim and drives to the paint.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Cavaliers -2.5
The rule of thumb is not to bet against win streaks, factor in the Cavs wanting revenge coupled with a low point spread and all signs point to Cleveland continuing the win streak.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cavaliers 114 – Pacers 107
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