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Pacers host Cavaliers in basketball action

Cleveland CavaliersIndiana Pacers
Dec 30, 7:00 PM | Conseco Fieldhouse

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Indiana Pacers Odds


Cleveland travels to Indiana on Friday, hoping to boost its 1-1 mark with a victory over the Pacers.

This season the Pacers are 2-0 overall and 2-0 ATS against the number, while the Cavaliers are 1-1 and 1-1 ATS. As for the totals, Indiana is 0-2 on the OU, and Cleveland is 2-0.

View Cleveland vs Indiana Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Oddsmakers opened the Pacers as 9.5-point favorites in this matchup, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting at 187.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Pacers, currently No. 11 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Cavaliers, who rate No. 30 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 101-96 victory for the Pacers.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Indiana's No. 23-ranked offense, averaging 90.5 PPG, against a Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 18 at 96.5 PPG. The Pacers field goal percentage has averaged 38.1% so far, less than the Cavaliers shooters have achieved on the year, 48.4% per game.

Defensively, the Cavaliers feature the league's No. 8-rated defense on the road, allowing 89 points per game. Indiana, meanwhile, comes in at No. 20 in the league in scoring at home.

Cleveland won its last outing, a 105-89 result against the Pistons on December 28. The Cavaliers covered in that game as a 5-point underdog, while the 194 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Cavaliers got 17 points from Samardo Samuels as Cleveland ran past Detroit 105-89 on Wednesday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Indiana was a 90-85 winner in its last match on the road against the Raptors. They covered the 4–point spread as favorites, while the total score of 175 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Indiana got 21 points from Danny Granger en route to a 90-85 victory over Toronto on Wednesday at Air Canada Centre.

Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing New Jersey are 8-2
After playing Detroit are 6-4
After a win are 2-8

Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Detroit are 4-6
After playing Toronto are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few Cavaliers at Pacers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games when playing on the road against Indiana
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games on the road
Cleveland is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games when playing Indiana
Cleveland is 6-2-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Indiana
Indiana is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games at home
Indiana is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Cleveland home to New Jersey, Sunday, January 1
Indiana at Detroit, Saturday, December 31