Cavs Look to Continue Home Dominance of Pacers


After taking it nice and easy down the stretch of the regular season, it’ll be time for the Cleveland Cavaliers to get serious as they host the Indiana Pacers for Game 1 in their opening round series. Some may consider the city of Cleveland to be a dump, but for the Pacers, it’s been pure hell, as they’ve lost seven straight games there, including twice this season.

– Shark Bites
  • The Pacers are 2-8 SU and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games on the road.
  • LeBron James averaged 32.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8 assists vs the Pacers this season.
  • The Cavaliers are 1-6 SU in their last seven games against teams with winning records.

With an opening spread of nine points favoring the Cavaliers, bettors would be wise to consider a spread wager on the Pacers. Despite the brutal stretch in Cleveland, the Pacers are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall vs the Cavs and have managed to keep things relatively close. During the seven-game losing streak in Cleveland, only two of the losses were by more than nine points, and those were in 2014.

The total for the game opened at 213 points, which is a number the teams topped in three of their four games this season. With those four games having an average total of 230.5 points, an OVER bet looks like a smart bet. OVERs have also been trending for the Cavs lately, as it’s hit in six of their last eight games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Odds makers at BetOnline opened the Cleveland Cavaliers as -8.5-point favorites in this betting matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER betting line was sitting around 213.5 earlier at Bovada.

Odds – Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 110-108 win for the Cavaliers on Saturday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Indiana Pacers vs Cleveland Cavaliers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Cleveland Cavaliers are 51-31 so far on the NBA season, and 36-44-2 ATS vs the spread betting line. The Indiana Pacers, meanwhile, are 42-40 and 39-43 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Cleveland go 47-33-2 and the Pacers go 41-41 on the total. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Indiana injuries news.

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

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Cleveland’s No. 4-ranked offense (110.34 PPG) against a Indiana Pacers defense that ranks No. 14 at 105.32 PPG. The Cleveland Cavaliers have averaged 47.03% from the field per game, more than the Indiana Pacers have managed so far this NBA season (46.47% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Paul George went off for 32 points and added 11 rebounds leading Indiana to a 104-86 win over Atlanta on Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Cleveland suffered a 98-83 loss against Toronto on Wednesday, getting 11 points from Iman Shumpert in a losing effort at Quicken Loans Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Indiana is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Indiana is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Indiana’s last 14 games
  • Indiana is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games
  • Cleveland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland’s last 8 games
  • Cleveland is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Indiana at Cleveland, Monday, April 17th


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