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(11-43) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers (36-19)
Date: Saturday February 9th
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
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NBA Betting Total: OFF (As of 10:35pm ET Friday)
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Neither the Cavs nor the Pacers earn too many national headlines these days, but while the Cavs are competing for a spot in the lottery as the worst team with the best odds, Indiana is trying to prove it is still a contender after recently losing Victor Oladipo for the year.
Cleveland enters this contest averaging just 102.4 points per contest. That number is one of the worst in the league, placing the Cavs at 28th out of 30 teams in that category.
The good news? Their offensive production gets a tad better when looking at advanced metrics. So far this season, the team is scoring at an advanced rate of 103.7 points per every 100 possessions. That puts them in 24th in the NBA in Offensive Efficiency.
Defensively, things don’t get much better for this team. In fact, despite the fact that they’re 23rd in points allowed per game (113.1), it gets much, much worse.
On the year, Cleveland is allowing opponents to score 114.5 points per 100 possessions. Not only does that put this team in dead last in Defensive Efficiency, but the distance between the Cavs and the No. 29 Phoenix Suns is the same distance between Phoenix and the No. 20 Charlotte Hornets.
So far this season, the Indiana Pacers are the definition of a defense-first team. On the year, the team is just 22nd in scoring, averaging 108.5 points per contest. But on the other end of the floor, this team gives up just 103.3 points per game.
That number is good enough for first in the league.
If you’re a hoops junkie who looks up numbers for fun, you’re probably already thinking to yourself: This must just be a case of slow pace. That happens every time a team slows it down—their raw numbers show “bad” offense and “good” defense.
But in the case of the Pacers, it holds up without considering pace, and the advanced metrics prove it.
On the year, Indiana is 17th in Offensive Effieicney (aka, points scorer per 100 possessions), a measure that does not take pace into account. It’s a bit of a jump, but it still puts this group in the bottom half of the league.
Conversely, their defense is still legit. So far this year, Indy is holding opponents to just 102.4 points per 100 possessions, which is good enough for the No. 2 spot behind only the first-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.
NBA Betting Trends:
- CLE are 8-19 ATS in their last 27 Sat. games.
- Under is 20-9-1 in IND last 30 vs. NBA Central.
- Under is 36-17 in IND last 53 home games.
- CLE are 8-20-1 ATS in the last 29 meetings.
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Prediction:
At this point, with Oladipo out for the year, the Pacers can’t afford to overlook an inferior opponent. And yes, that applies to one of the worst teams in the entire NBA.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: There is no line yet.
As long as the Pacers take control of the ball and play as hard on defense as they’ve become acustomed to doing, they should take an easy early lead and be able to coast throughout the second half.
Give this one to the home team—the better team—by a wide margin.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Indiana Pacers 113 – Cleveland Cavaliers 98
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