NBA Lines, Game Preview & Expert Analysis for Cavaliers vs Pacers

NBA Lines, Game Preview & Expert Analysis for Cavaliers vs Pacers

 

It’s a possible Eastern Conference playoff preview on Monday night from Indianapolis as the Pacers host the Cleveland Cavaliers with Indiana opening as a 3-point favourite on the NBA odds.

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How to Bet Cavaliers at Pacers NBA Odds & TV Info

When: Monday, 7 PM ET
Where: Gainbridge Fieldhouse
TV: NBA League Pass
Stream: NBA.com, NBA TV app
Radio: Tunein.com
NBA Odds: Pacers -3 (total 231.5)

Cavaliers vs Pacers Season Series

It’s the third of four regular-season meetings between the clubs with Indiana leading 2-0. They last played way back on Nov. 3 in Indianapolis and the Pacers prevailed 121-116. Myles Turner scored 27 points and Tyrese Haliburton had 18 points and 13 assists. Donavan Mitchell had 38 points, nine assists and five rebounds for Cleveland. The Cavaliers overcame an 18-point deficit to lead by four in the fourth quarter. Each team shot 52% from the field, but Indiana went 15 of 31 on 3-pointers while limiting the Cavs to 8 of 28. Former Pacer Caris LeVert, who had 13 points, missed a 3 from the left wing that would have tied it with 10 seconds left.

 

Why Bet on Cleveland Cavaliers?

The Cavs are 1-1 on a three-game trip after a 117-103 loss in Houston on Saturday. The Rockets made 15 3-pointers and outscored Cleveland 56-46 in the paint. Houston led 70-54 at halftime and entered the fourth quarter with a 25-point lead.

Cavaliers Last 5
@ Rockets – L117-103
@ Pelicans – W116-95
vs Suns – L117-111
vs Nets – L120-101
vs Timberwolves – W113-104 OT

“Early in the ballgame, you could see we were getting outworked and out-scrapped,” Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “For us, the defense sets our tone and when we don’t do that, we don’t give yourself a chance to win.” Bickerstaff is one victory shy of his 250th career win as an NBA head coach.

Darius Garland struggled with only 12 points and four assists. He missed five of his six three-point attempts and his streak of five assists or more in a game ended at seven. Over his last five games, though, Garland has averaged 23.4 points on 51.9 percent shooting (including 45.2 percent from three on 8.4 attempts) and 6.6 assists per game.

Caris LeVert had 21 points and seven assists off the bench. It was his first 20-point game since Jan. 11 against the Nets and the first time he has shot 50 percent or better since Feb. 27 against the Mavericks. LeVert is averaging 5.1 assists per game this season, but he has upped that to 8.3 assists per game over his last 10 appearances. LeVert has the second-most 20-point games off the bench among all East reserves and leads all NBA reserves with 12 games of at least 10 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Donovan Mitchell also struggled Saturday with 13 points but is averaging career-highs this season in rebounds (5.3 RPG), assists (6.1 APG), steals (1.76 SPG, 4th in the NBA) and blocks (0.51 BPG). He also ranks 6th in the NBA in points (27.4 PPG) and he is on pace to become the 2nd player in Cavaliers history to record at least two straight seasons averaging 27.0+ PPG (LeBron James, 6-straight seasons from 2004-2010).

The Cavs are 7-3 in their last 10 games against the Pacers since Jan. 2, 2022 and are 20-6 against teams in their own Central Division since Dec. 27, 2022. The Cavaliers are 20-12 (.600) on the road this season, marking the 3rd-best road winning percentage in the NBA.

After starting the season with a 4-6 record, the Cavs have gone 38-19 since Nov. 15, which includes win streaks of 9 games (Jan. 26-Feb. 10) and 8 games (Jan. 3-22). The Cavs have made 508 three-pointers since Jan. 3, the second most in the league.

Bet Cleveland to Win
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Why Bet on Indiana Pacers?

The Pacers are off a 121-100 win over Brooklyn on Monday, their third win in four games. The Nets shot 43% from the field, committed 21 turnovers and fell to 1-4 on their six-game road trip. Indiana trailed 30-25 at the end of the first quarter and led just 59-57 at halftime before blowing the game open in the second half, leading by 27 in the fourth quarter. The victory was the Pacers’ seventh of the season by a margin of at least 20 points.

Pacers Last 5
vs Nets – W121-100
vs Bulls – L132-129 OT
@ Thunder – W121-111
@ Magic – W111-97
vs Timberwolves – L113-111

“Get 82 points in the paint, 17 offensive rebounds and 21 turnovers, that’s tough to beat a team like that,” Brooklyn interim coach Kevin Ollie said. “We can’t have 21 turnovers. Got to protect your paint. We got to keep people in front of us.”

Pascal Siakam had 28 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Siakam has found his role in the Pacers’ offensive scheme and has been playing well of late, averaging 19.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game since the beginning of March. Tyresse Haliburton had 14 points and seven rebounds but only four assists. Since the All-Star break, he’s shooting just 22.4 percent from deep.

Haliburton leads the NBA with an average of 11.7 assists this season. That mark would be the most in a season since John Stockton in 1991-92 (13.7). Haliburton has recorded double-doubles in 39 games. He has 11 games with at least 15 assists, the most in a season in franchise history and most by any player since Russell Westbrook in 2020-21 (14).

Aaron Nesmith accumulated 16 points. He has scored in double digits in four straight appearances and has averaged 10.9 points since the beginning of March. Nesmith ranks third in the NBA in 3-point percentage while shooting a career-best 44.5 percent. Backup point guard T.J. McConnell has scored in double figures in five of his last seven games and 10 of his last 17 overall. McConnell now leads all bench players in the NBA in assists with 5.4 per game.

The Pacers lead the NBA in scoring this season with an average of 123.1 points this season. The Pacers have reached 140 or more points eight times (8-0 record) – which is the most in franchise history – 130 or more points 20 times (18-2) and 120 or more 45 times (34-11) through 68 games. The Pacers have shot 60 percent or better from the field seven times this season, most in franchise history. They have won 10 games this season after trailing by 10 or more points.

Bet Indiana to Win
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Cavaliers vs Pacers Expert Prediction

Pacers 118, Cavaliers 115


 

NBA Conferences Winners

Eastern Conference

Boston Celtics -125
Milwaukee Bucks +325
Cleveland Cavaliers +1100
New York Knicks +1100
Miami Heat +1200
Philadelphia 76ers +1800
Indiana Pacers +3500
Orlando Magic +8000
Atlanta Hawks +30000
Chicago Bulls +45000
Brooklyn Nets +60000
Toronto Raptors +70000
Bet on the Eastern Conference

Western Conference

Denver Nuggets +160
LA Clippers +275
Oklahoma City Thunder +750
Phoenix Suns +950
Minnesota Timberwolves +1100
Dallas Mavericks +1500
Los Angeles Lakers +2000
Golden State Warriors +2000
New Orleans Pelicans +3000
Sacramento Kings +3500
Houston Rockets +60000
Utah Jazz +60000
Memphis Grizzlies +70000
Bet on the Western Conference
 

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