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Cavs take punchless road record into Indiana

The Cleveland Cavaliers will waste no time trying to get back into the win column as they land in Indiana to face the Pacers. The Cavs were on the receiving end of a beatdown last night vs the Toronto Raptors and are now 1-7 SU in their last eight road games. If they plan to escape with a victory, they’ll have to do it without Isaiah Thomas, who will be held out of tonight’s contest.

SHARK BITES
  • The Pacers are 5-1 SU in their last six games vs their division at home.
  • The Cavaliers are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games.
  • The Cavaliers are 7-2 SU in their last nine games vs the Pacers.

Cleveland opened as a 1.5-point favorite vs the Pacers and it’s a puzzling line. The Cavaliers are 11-11 SU on the road this season and have a habit of coasting in games during the regular season. LeBron James and company may be a lock to go to their fourth straight NBA Finals but to place a wager on them recently is a sucker bet. The Cavs are 2-6 SU in their last eight games and tonight’s contest vs the Pacers is their second game in as many nights.

Indiana has been a mixed bag for most of the season but the Pacers can’t blame Victor Oladipo. The projected all-star has been a godsend for Indy this season as he’s averaging 24.3 points per game and he was missed immensely with injury as the Pacers went 0-4 SU in his absence. He’ll need to step up even more for tonight’s game as center Myles Turner is not expected to suit up for this showdown. Bettors will also be interested to know that in two games vs the Cavs, Indiana is 2-0 SU and ATS this season.

The total opened at 221 and with Thomas and Turner planning to sit out tonight, it’s hard to figure an OVER will come through for a payday. The UNDER has hit in all of the Cavaliers’ games when it’s the second game of a back-to-back and has hit in five of the last seven games in this matchup.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Indiana Pacers were listed earlier as 4-point underdogs on the betting oddsboard at Bovada. Those betting on the total OVER/UNDER for points scored have seen that line set at 223.5 for Friday at shops such as MyBookie.

OddsShark score prediction models pick a 117-102 result in favor of the Pacers today. 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

Supporters of the Cleveland Cavaliers have seen them go 26-15 and 12-28-1 ATS so far this NBA season, while the Indiana Pacers are at 21-20 and 22-19 ATS. In OVER/UNDER totals betting, the Pacers are 18-22-1, while the Cavaliers are 21-19-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Indiana vs Cleveland injuries news.

The Pacers-Cavaliers betting odds would favor the Cavaliers if the lines were set according to power rankings. Indiana is rated No. 18 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Cleveland Cavaliers sit at No. 10.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers rank No. 23 in the league with 41.66 per game. That compares with Indiana's No. 21 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Indiana is the NBA's No. 20-ranked team at 9.44 treys  per game, while the Cleveland Cavaliers rate No. 2 with 12.34 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Cleveland was run off the court by the Raptors on Thursday as Toronto blasted them 133-99 at Air Canada Centre.

Victor Oladipo went off for 26 points and added 7 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Miami defeated Indiana 114-106 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Cleveland is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
  • Cleveland is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games
  • Indiana is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Indiana is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
  • Indiana is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Indiana is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland home to Golden State, Monday, January 15
Indiana at Phoenix, Sunday, January 14

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