Cleveland Cavaliers (50-32) vs Indiana Pacers (48-34)Date : 04/27/2018
Time : TBD
Location : Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Indiana Pacers
The 5 seed Indiana Pacers return home for game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals and will host the 4 seed Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cleveland Cavaliers have made it out of the first round of the playoffs the last 3 years as they all resulted in NBA finals appearances. The Indiana Pacers have lost in the first round of the playoffs the last 3 years and are looking to break that streak.
Cleveland Cavaliers's Latest Performance :
Korver Plays Big Role
The Cleveland Cavaliers have has given LeBron James a good enough roster to compete in not only the Eastern Conference but for the NBA Finals, but as we have seen continuously throughout the season the Cavs struggle to play together. LeBron James gives the Cavaliers his best effort every game as he is always the guy filling up the stat sheet as in game 4 he had his typical LeBron James game where he dropped 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds which in years past would be enough for a 15+ Cavaliers win. This year has been different as the Cavs are missing out on the chemistry that LeBron, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love developed over their tenure together. Kevin Love during the Cavaliers championship run in 2016 gave the Cavs 20+ a game throughout the season, but as we have seen this season he has struggled as in game 4 he was only able to contribute 5 points in 29 minutes. As Kevin Love has struggled since returning from injury they have had to develop another scorer to compliment LeBron and the story throughout the playoffs has been who will show up to play? In game 4 that second scorer was the veteran sharpshooter in Kyle Korver who enjoyed a good game from 3 as he went 4 for 9 (44%) which helped him drop 18 in the game. The Cavaliers will need the offense of Kevin Love to come alive if they want to survive the scrappy Pacers.
Indiana Pacers's Latest Performance :
Late Game Comeback Falls Short
The Indiana Pacers found themselves down as much as 15 points in the 2nd quarter as the LeBron James Cavaliers looked like they were stringing it all together for once, but the Indiana Pacers continued to fight back throughout the 2nd half to get the game as close as 1 possession. Statistically, in game 4 the Pacers and Cavaliers matched up as close as you can, but the overall difference in this game proved to be the better player in LeBron James being on the other team. Victor Oladipo was brought down to earth in this game as he didn’t have his typical 25+ point game performance as he only shot 25% from the field. Oladpio had 17 points throughout the game and his center in Myles Turner also contributed another 17 points. The Pacers also didn’t receive another superman performance from Bojan Bogdanovic who in game 3 dropped 30 points but in game 4 Bogdanovic went 2 for 8 from 3 which only gave him 10 points in this ball game. A bright spot in the loss was the emergence of the other player that was dealt for Paul George this offseason in Domantas Sabonis who had a monster game off the bench as he led the Pacers with 19 points. The Pacers played good enough to give themselves a chance to win and the only thing that they could potentially do better in game 6 is get off to a better start and not have to climb out of a 15 point deficit.
How Cleveland Cavaliers & Indiana Pacers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Cleveland is 32-53-1 ATS, 19-24 ATS on the road.
Indiana is 50-36 ATS, 25-18 ATS at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Cleveland ended the regular season ranked #5 in scoring offense and outscored the 16th ranked Indiana offense by 5.3 PPG (CLE- 110.9 PPG, IND- 105.6 PPG)
Indiana had the #9 scoring defense during the regular season and held opponents to 5.2 less PPG than the 26th ranked Cleveland defense. (CLE- 109.9 PPG, IND- 104.2 PPG).
Indiana won the regular season series, 2-1.
Indiana and Cleveland are tied in this series, 2-2.
Against The Spread Selection: Cleveland Cavaliers*
My reason for the pick :
LeBron James is arguably the best player to ever play the game and he has not endured a first-round exit in career, and with him having a career year at this age he will certainly make sure his first-round exit doesn’t come yet. The Cavaliers showed how excellent they can be with the roster they have now as after the trade deadline they were blowing NBA playoff teams out like the Thunder and Celtics. Someone becomes the Robin to Lebron being Batman and the Cavs find a way to dig this game out.
Betting trends for Cleveland Cavaliers:
- Cleveland is 13-7 SU against the Pacers over the last 3 years.
- The under is 22-21 on the road this season.
Betting trends for Indiana Pacers:
- Indiana is 3-1 ATS in the 2018 playoffs.
- The under is 15-4-1 against division opponents this season.