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2022 NBA Handicapping
(14-22) Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (20-16)
Date: Sunday, January 2nd
Time: 6:00 PM (ET)
Venue: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: Pacers +145 | Cavaliers -154 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Cavaliers -3.5
NBA Betting Total: OFF
Sunday, January 2nd the Indiana Pacers face the Cleveland Cavaliers for the first time this season. The squads will play another three times this season with the Cavaliers hosting February 6th and the Pacers hosting on February 11th and March 8th.
Both teams played on Friday with the Pacers losing a heartbreaker 106-108 to the Heat while the Cavaliers lost 118-121 to the Hawks.
The losing streak has reached three games in a row and the Pacers have lost six of their last eight matches albeit they’ve been in most of the games other than the Heat blowout.
The loss to the Bulls was particularly tough given DeMar DeRozan who is a career 28.5 percent perimeter shooter hit a bit of a hail Mary 3-pointer to cement the victory.
The match was highly competitive with five Pacers scoring in double-digits led by Caris LeVert who offered 27 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Domantas Sabonis registered a double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds with six assists, a steal, and two blocks.
Justin Holiday (16), Myles Turner (10), and Torrey Craig (10) were the other double-figure contributors.
Five Pacers are in various stages of the NBA health and safety protocols including Jeremy Lamb, Malcolm Brogdon, Kelan Martin, Chris Duarte, and Isaiah Jackson. All five are listed as questionable to participate on Sunday.
TJ Warren (foot) and TJ McConnell (wrist) are both out indefinitely.
What began as a breakthrough season for the Cavaliers is now at a turning point with the loss of Ricky Rubio. Koby Altman is orchestrating a deal to bring in Rajon Rondo to replace Rubio and keep an intelligent veteran point guard on the roster.
How he’ll fit and whether he’ll create any friction in the locker room will be something to watch as Rondo has a history of being both a savant and a disruptor.
In the next 11 matches, Cleveland will face six of the top four teams in each conference so timing is of the essence to rebound quickly if the Cavs want to stay in the mix for a home-court seed.
The Cavs were close to taking the Hawks as Kevin Love picked up the slack for the missing Darius Garland by scoring 35 points. Jarrett Allen was back from protocols providing 21 points and eight rebounds while Evan Mobley scored 16 with eight rebounds and five assists.
Brandon Goodwin (13) and Isaac Okoro (10) were the other double-figure contributors.
Garland and Cedi Osman are in protocols and questionable for Sunday. Dylan Windler (knee) is also questionable while Rubio (torn ACL) and Collin Sexton (knee) are both lost for the season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Pacers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games.
- The Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Indiana’s last 9 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland’s last 9 games.
Free Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction
The Pacers have been on the cusp of winning in several of their recent games and unlike most opponents have the size to deal with the Cleveland towers. It’s unlikely Garland clears protocols (barring two negative PCR tests) so I like the Pacers to steal this match.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pacers +3
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