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Pacers are Quietly a Fantastic Spread Bet

Paul George is doing everything he can to carry the Indiana Pacers, and his vocal frustration with his teammates is understandable. The all-star forward will look to keep the seventh-seeded Pacers from falling behind 3-0 to Cleveland in the first-round series when the Pacers welcome the wine and gold to town tonight. Sportsbooks opened the Cavs as 2.5-point road chalk with a total of 211.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Cavaliers are 1-4 SU in their last five games on the road.
  • The Pacers are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games at home.
  • The Cavaliers are 2-11 ATS in their last 13 games against the Pacers.

Cleveland’s big three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love combined for 89 points in the 117-111 victory in Game 2, becoming the first trio to each score 25 points or more in the franchise’s playoff history. Despite stumbling to a losing record after the all-star break, the Cavs are once again looking like the team everyone is used to seeing.

George’s comments have overshadowed the series for Indiana, as the superstar ripped C.J. Miles for taking (and missing) a potential game-winning shot in Game 1. Myles Turner’s subpar play has hurt the Pacers, as the big man is averaging 8.5 points in the series – six below his regular-season average.

While the Pacers haven’t been producing wins on the court, they have been cashing spread tickets. After covering in Games 1 and 2, Indiana is now a sizzling 8-0 ATS in its last eight contests.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those looking to pick the visitors as their prediction to cover in this one found the Cleveland Cavaliers listed as -3.5-point favorites earlier at BetOnline. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER total betting line for this game was set at 211.5 at Bovada but may have moved since the betting odds opened.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Pacers to win this game 114-101. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Indiana Pacers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Indiana Pacers sit at 42-42 (41-43 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Cleveland Cavaliers are currently 53-31 (36-46-2 ATS). Looking to bet on the points scored total? Indiana is 43-41 OU and Cleveland is 49-33-2 OU. This season the Indiana Pacers are 42-42 overall and 41-43 ATS against the number, while the Cleveland Cavaliers are 53-31 and 36-46-2 ATS. As for the totals, Indiana is 43-41 on the OU, and Cleveland is 49-33-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Indiana vs Cleveland injuries news.

This game pits the Indiana Pacers, currently No. 14 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who rate No. 17 in the most recent survey update.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Indiana's No. 15-ranked offense (105.21 PPG) against a Cleveland Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 20 at 107.21 PPG. The Indiana Pacers have averaged 46.56% from the field per game, less than the Cleveland Cavaliers have managed so far this NBA season (47.19% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap


Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Indiana is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Indiana is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games
  • Indiana is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland at Indiana, Sunday, April 23rd