Indiana Pacers (48-34) vs Cleveland Cavaliers (50-32)Date : 04/25/2018
Time : 7:00PM ET
Location : Quicken Loans Arena
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Indiana Pacers vs Cleveland Cavaliers
With one road win apiece the series shift back to Quicken Loans Arena as LeBron will do everything he can against this Pacers team to ensure his Cavs goes up 3-2. Victor Oladipo will look to bounce back after failing to show up in his last home game. This game you would not want to miss.
Indiana Pacers 's Latest Performance :
The Pacers failed to extend their lead to 3-1 but instead they allow the Cavs to steal one game on their home floor as they head back to Cleveland.
Victor Oladipo who is the team leader really struggled shooting the ball he shot only 5 for 20 from the field he should have done better, he had the opportunity to protect his home court and he didn’t show up in this crucial game 3. He only had 17 points and 5 assist. After tieing the game up fans were expecting Victor to show up and take over like he did the whole season but tonight was simply wasn’t his night. You have to give credit to where it’s due JR Smith defense was outstanding denying him easy catches. Without Victor’s involvement, the Pacers offense becomes stagnant and turns into isolation basketball.
The Pacers did fail to contain LeBron James allowing him to dominate the first half just like he did in game 2, tonight he had 23 points 8 of 11 shooting in the first half.
Adjustments for game 5, the Pacers should run the pick and roll, allowing Oladipo to attack the big man on the switch so he can get going early rather than waiting for his shots. Run curls play for Bogdanovic tonight he had only 10 points shooting 4 of 13 from the field. The Pacers can compete with the Cavs and they know it going down to the wire in the last 3 games, the Pacers must try to avoid isolation plays instead of focusing on their strength which is moving the ball from side to side giving up a good shot to get a great shot.
Player to Watch: Lance Stephenson, Lance is a player that always plays with grit and determination. Getting under LeBron grills that resulted in one technical foul, forcing a jump ball midway through the fourth and with 11 seconds on the clock, Stephenson nearly came up with the ball after wrestling with Jeff Green. At the end of the day he doesn’t care what others say about him, he just wants to win.
Cleveland Cavaliers's Latest Performance :
Let’s face it LeBron is unguardable when he shift his mindset and demeanor to score first then pass the ball he is something else, James started the game off with a bang with23 points 8 of 11 shooting in the first half. He finished the game with 32 points 13 rebounds and 7 assists. This was LeBron’s 61 career playoff game leading his team in points, rebound and assist. With LeBron playing well in the first half sparked a solid performance from the Cavs role players who were nowhere to be seen in the first 3 games, the bench combined for 32 points. With Jordan Clarkson leading the way with 12 points.
The Cavs were able to shut down sharpshooter Bojan who went off for 30 points in the last game tonight he was only managed to score 10 points. These last few games in this series you are starting to see that the Cavs are starting to tighten up the screws on defense during the last few plays of the game not allowing the Pacers to attack the paint as they have to settle for an ISO play which ended up with Kevin Love blocking Darren Collision shot attempt leading to a fast break 3 hit by Korver who was feeling it from deep tonight as he went for 4 of 9 shooting from beyond the arc.
This is a great win for the Cavs because they could not afford to go down 3-1 instead with LeBron excellence in this game they were able to steal one home game back from the Pacers. The Cavs must do a better job protecting their lead tonight they got away with it because the Pacers lack experience and weren’t able to capitalize the opportunity presented to them.
JR Smith played stellar defense against Oladipo making him shoot 5 for 20 from the field as he also hit a shot from full court. Kevin Love needs to step up big time after only scoring 5 points.
Player to watch: LeBron James, since the series is tied everyone starts from ground zero again and it is a great time and place for LeBron to put up GOAT like numbers as they take a 3-2 lead.
How Indiana Pacers & Cleveland Cavaliers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Cavaliers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win.
Pacers are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games.
Against The Spread Selection: Cleveland Cavaliers
My reason for the pick :
There is an old saying when the lion is down you must kill it or else it will come back and kill you. The Pacers failed to protect their homecourt by railing down 17 and came back to tie it but could not pull off an upset. LeBron has figured out this Pacers team and he is not looking back, Cavs to take game 5.
The home team won Game 5 in 20 of those 25 contests end up winning the series.
Betting trends for Indiana Pacers :
- Pacers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
Betting trends for Cleveland Cavaliers:
- The Cavs are 13-29 ATS in home games this season.