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Indiana PacersCleveland Cavaliers
Dec 21, 7:30 PM | Quicken Loans Arena

Indiana Pacers vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds

14-12TEAM RECORD5-22

The Pacers will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Cavaliers in Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday in NBA action.

The Pacers will try to spoil to the party on Friday; they are 14-12 ATS against the number this season, while the Cavaliers are 11-16 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). Indiana is 12-14 on the totals; Cleveland is 14-13.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Cavaliers sit at No. 21 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Pacers are at No. 9 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Pacers will win this game 95-88.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Cleveland's No. 23-ranked offense, averaging 94.1 PPG, against a Pacers defense that ranks No. 3 at 90.5 PPG. The Cavaliers field goal percentage has averaged 41.6% so far, less than the Pacers shooters have achieved on the year, 42.4% per game.

Defensively, the Pacers feature the league's No. 3-rated defense on the road, giving up 91.1 points per game. Cleveland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 27 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Indiana, they were a 104-84 winner as they battled the Jazz at home. The Pacers covered in the match as a 3.5-point favorite, while 188 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The battle between the Pacers and Jazz didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Utah was handed a 104-84 defeat on Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Cleveland lost its last outing, a 103-91 result against the Celtics on December 19. The Cavaliers failed to cover in that game as a 9-point underdog, while the 194 combined points took the game OVER the total. Cleveland got 22 points from Kyrie Irving but lost anyway 103-91 against the Celtics on Wednesday at TD Garden.

Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing New Orleans are 7-3
After playing Utah are 1-9
After a win are 5-5

Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Milwaukee are 1-9
After playing Boston are 1-9
After a loss are 2-8

A few Pacers at Cavaliers trends to consider:
Indiana is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing Cleveland
Indiana is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing Cleveland
Indiana is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing Indiana
Cleveland is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games when playing at home against Indiana
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Cleveland's last 13 games at home
Cleveland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Indiana

Next up:
Indiana at New Orleans, Saturday, December 22
Cleveland at Milwaukee, Saturday, December 22