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Cavaliers vs Pacers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers
- Where: Indianapolis at Gainbridge Fieldhouse
- Date: Thursday, December 29th
- Betting Odds IND +5.5, CLE -222 | IND +179 O/U 223.5
The Cavaliers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 22-13. So far, the team has gone 19-15-1 against the spread. The Cavaliers head into today’s action in the midst of a 2 game losing streak. This has come while posting an average scoring margin of -9.5.
The Cavaliers are coming off a disappointing 125-117 loss to the Nets. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 2 points. Cleveland got off to a slow start, trailing by 16 points going into halftime. In the loss, Darius Garland led the team in scoring with 46 points on a field goal percentage of 70.0%.
The Pacers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 18-17. So far, the team has gone 20-15-0 against the spread. Against the spread, Indiana has a mark of 2-1. Straight up, their record is 2-1 in these games.
The Pacers are coming off a 129-114 win over the Hawks. This win came despite entering the game as the 1 point underdogs. Indiana was able to take care of business in the second half of this game, as they didn’t allow the Hawks to cut into their 10 point halftime lead. In the win, Buddy Hield led the team in scoring with 28 points on a field goal percentage of 68.8%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Cavaliers averaged 113.25 points per game vs Indiana, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Cavaliers saw a boost in scoring, the Pacers averaged 106.5 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Cleveland. This figure was similar to season-long average. Over the last 5 head to head meetings, the Cavaliers have averaged 114 points per game compared to 107 for Indiana. This has led to an ATS record of 3-2 for Cleveland. In these contests, they averaged a combined 221 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 4-1.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Cleveland offense is ranked 26th in the NBA in scoring at 111.1 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Cavaliers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.5 made 3’s per game. If Cleveland continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 30th in the league in possessions per game.
Defensively, the Cavaliers are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 105.67 points per contest (5th).
This season, the Cavaliers offense has primarily worked through Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 31 games, Mitchell is 8th in the NBA at 28.5 points per game. So far, him and Garland have accounted for 44% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 50.0 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Darius Garland is grabbing 2.7 rebounds for Cleveland to go along with 7.8 assists.
The Pacers come into today’s game as the 13th ranked scoring offense at 114.4 points per game. In terms of pace, the Pacers are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 100.6 possessions per game. Although the team tends to generate a lot of possessions with an up-tempo pace, they are struggling to score inside the arc. Heading into the game, the team is just 28th in made 2-point field goals per contest.
Against the Cavaliers, the Pacers will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 26th in points allowed.
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Tyrese Haliburton, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Haliburton leads the team in scoring at 20.5 points per game while Hield is 2nd at 17.7. For the season, Haliburton is 87th in the NBA in usage rate and 17th in player efficiency. Behind him, Hield has taken 15.7% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 45.4%.
Cavaliers vs Pacers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Pacers +5.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 223.5