They needed a fourth-quarter rally, but the Cleveland Cavaliers did Cleveland Cavaliers things in the playoffs once again and earned a one-point win over Paul George and the Indiana Pacers in Game 1. With Game 2 set for tonight in Ohio, Indy will be looking to even things up before the series shifts back to Indianapolis. Sportsbooks opened the Pacers as 7.5-point road underdogs with a total of 210.
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- The total has gone OVER in three of the Pacers’ last four games.
- The total has gone OVER in six of the Cavaliers’ last seven games at home.
- The Pacers are 0-8 SU and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games as road underdogs.
The Cavs let a 10-point lead in the fourth slip away and were a missed shot at the buzzer away from losing the series opener. Despite picking up the win, Cleveland still resembled the team that went 12-15 after the all-star break and fell out of the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs went 14-for-27 from the free-throw line in Game 1 and surrendered 12 offensive rebounds.
George, who finished with 29 points and went 6-for-8 from 3-point range in the setback, saw his team lose for the sixth time in eight postseason tilts the last two seasons when he scores at least 25 points. George passed the ball to teammate C.J. Miles at the buzzer, where Miles proceeded to miss a mid-range jumper.
Indiana continues to be a red-hot spread bet, as the Pacers are a perfect 7-0 ATS in their last seven affairs.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Sports bettors looking to pick the Cleveland Cavaliers as their prediction for this matchup, they were listed earlier as -7.5-point favorites on the betting odds board at Bovada. Those betting on the total over/under for points scored have seen that line set at 212 for Monday at shops such as MyBookie.
Odds – Shark prediction models pick the Pacers to win this game 109-103. 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 Indiana Pacers will look to vanquish their hosts on Monday, as they are 40-43 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Cleveland Cavaliers are 36-45-2 ATS. Indiana is 42-41 against the points scored total betting line, while Cleveland is 48-33-2 versus the line. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Indiana injuries news.
This game matches up the No. 17 (Cleveland Cavaliers) and the No. 14 (Pacers) teams in the league, according to our current NBA betting Power Rankings at Odds – Shark.
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Cleveland’s No. 13-rated NBA squad against Indiana’s No. 26-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Cleveland rates No. 2 in the league with 12.99 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 23 with 8.69 per outing.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Paul George scored 29 points for Indiana on Saturday, but the Cavaliers managed a 109-108 victory over the Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena.
- Indiana is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
- Indiana is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 11 of Indiana’s last 15 games
- Indiana is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- Cleveland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
- Cleveland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 5 games
- Cleveland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Indiana home to Cleveland, Thursday, April 20th