Pacers +6 (-110) 219½ (-110) +215
Cavaliers -6 (-110) 219½ (-110) -255
The Cavs won their sixth of the last seven games, a 116-108 win over the Timberwolves on Tuesday. LeBron James had 25 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds and Kyrie Irving scored 25 points. Channing Fry started in lieu of Kevin Love – who will be out six weeks following knee surgery – and had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Derrick Williams scored 13 points in 22 minutes off the bench. Cleveland started the third quarter with a 14-point lead but the T-Wolves tied it at 93 going into the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers allowed 30+ points in each of the first three quarters and failed to neutralize Andrew Wiggins – who’s had it out for the Wine and Gold ever since being traded to Minnesota for Love. However, James made sure the Cavs picked up the W with a stepback 3-point shot with two minutes left. Cleveland will wrap up the first half of the season by hosting the Pacers, whom they defeated a week ago in Indiana. In pro basketball lines trends, the Cavs are 1-8 against the basketball gambling spread in their last nine against the Pacers and 5-0 SU in the last five games when playing at home against the Pacers.
The Pacers lost their fourth straight game on Monday, a 106-110 loss to the Spurs. Paul George had 27 points, Myles Turner added 22 points, Jeff Teague scored 15 points, Rodney Stuckey had 13, Monta Ellis had 10 points, four assists, and two steals off the bench, and Kevin Seraphin finished with 12 in his first start of the season. Turner came up with a steal with 29 seconds remaining in a four-point game. George’s trey with 21 seconds to go pulled Indiana within 107-104, but the San Antonio sealed the victory at the free-throw line. The Pacers on the other hand missed five free throws in the final 5:17. Indy got to the line more than the Spurs, but scored two fewer points there by shooting 21-of-30. The Pacer’s overall shooting was all over the place. Stuckey forced a shot with a defender on his hip like a Siamese twin. Ellis threw an 18-footer brick with the shot clock expiring and later forced a 12-footer off one foot. Teague missed a one-handed scoop shot down the lane. And so on and so forth. As George put it, “we played a chaotic style of basketball. We took some tough shots, we rushed some shots.” If it’s any consolation, Indy scored more points than the Spurs give up on average, five players scored in double digits, and the shooting percentages from the field and 3-point line bordered on 50%. In pro basketball lines trends, the Pacers are 8-1 against the basketball gambling in the last nine games against the Cavaliers, and 0-5 SU in the last five games when playing on the road against the Cavaliers.