This is the second meeting of the season between the two teams although they haven’t met in more than two months. The Cavaliers have done very well in this basketball betting series, winning 14 of the last 16 straight up and they are almost that good against the pointspread.
Basketball bet had the Cavaliers winning 105-95 back in November as LeBron James scored 40 points. LeBron really likes playing at Indiana as he has scored at least 35 in three straight games at Conseco Fieldhouse. Danny Granger led the Pacers with 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists. James scored 10 of his points in the part of the fourth quarter.
Cleveland has won 9 of the last 10 against Indiana and they are 8-2 against the basketball bet odds. The one win by the Pacers against the Cavaliers in the last ten came last year at Indiana as the Pacers came away with a 96-95 win. Five of the last seven in this basketball bet series have gone under the total.
Cleveland has been far better on the road this season in basketball betting than at home. The Cavaliers have a losing record laying points at home but on the road it is another story. Cleveland is 15-10-1 against the basketball bet line in road games this season. Basketball betting statistics indicate that Cleveland is 4th in defense and they are 13th on offense. The offensive numbers are somewhat of a concern but LeBron normally carries the Cavaliers and so far this season it has worked. Injuries are starting to be a basketball betting issue for Cleveland as guards Mo Williams and Delonte West are out. Cleveland has played through them but it could start to take its toll soon.
Indiana has not been very good for those that make a basketball bet this season. The Pacers are below average at home and on the road. They have Danny Granger and not much else. The Pacers are not that great on offense and their defense is even worse. Granger is fun to watch but the rest of this team doesn’t do much to help him out.
Most who make a basketball bet are going to go with Cleveland in this contest. Indiana simply has not shown enough for bettors to place faith in them against quality opposition.