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(42-40) Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (51-31)
Eastern Conference Round 1: Game 1
Date: Saturday April 15th
Time: 3:00PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Cavlaiers -8.5
NBA Betting Total: 211
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The NBA Playoffs kick off on Saturday with an Eastern conference showdown. The two seed Cleveland Cavaliers take on the seven seed Indiana Pacers.
The Cavaliers are the favorites to come out of the East, but Paul George and the Pacers want to have something to say about that.
The two teams matched up four times in the regular season. The Pacers won the first match up but then the Cavaliers won the last three. The last game took overtime to decide but the Cavaliers came out ahead 135-130.
The Indiana Pacers come into this series with a ton of confidence and they feel like they have shot to make this series hard on the Cavaliers, and maybe even pull the upset.
The Pacers have been hot as of late. They have won five games in a row. Three of those wins were over other teams that made the playoffs. In their last game of the regular season they beat the Atlanta Hawks 104-86.
The Pacers are led by Paul George, and he always seems to have huge games against the Cavaliers. On the season George averaged 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
To win this series the Pacers need a couple things to happen.
They need Paul George to have huge games and really carry the team. George needs to out perform LeBron James if they want any chance to pull the massive upset in this game, and this series.
They also need to find a way to slow down the big three. They can’t stop them but they need to contain them. They can’t let every one of them beat them every night. If they can slow down two of the three in each game they can win this.
One thing to watch in game one is if Al Jefferson is able to play. He is questionable for this game with a sprained ankle.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are in a weird position coming into this playoff series. In past years they have struggled some during the regular season but then seem to turn it in come playoff time. But are they playing with fire?
Is this the year they can’t flip the switch and turn it on.
The Cavaliers come into this series having lost four games in a row. The last two games Kyrie Irving and LeBron James both rested, which cost them the one seed, but they should be well rested coming into this playoff series.
The Cavaliers really need James, Irving and Love all to play well in this series. They need to get out to a hot start in this game and try to put away the Pacers early.
They also need to find a way to slow down Paul George. He has been a Cavalier killer and they can’t have that happen again in this game if they want to win this.
NBA Betting Trends:
- IND are 8-2-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
- Over is 6-2 in CLE last 8 overall.
- Over is 10-3 in CLE last 13 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Over is 10-1 in CLE last 11 Sat. games.
- Over is 10-4 in IND last 14 overall.
Free Game 1 Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
I think the extra rest that the big three got coming into the playoffs will be the difference in this game. I think they will come out motivated and really get out to a fast start.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pacers ATS
I don think the Pacers will do enough to keep it close though and they will cover the spread.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cavaliers 112 – Pacers 107
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