Playoff dynamics magnify for NBA betting online handicappers. Public perception is even more pronounced. As is the intensity of the competition itself. With that in mind teams such as Indiana can get lost in the shuffle. Especially against opponents such as Cleveland. LeBron James and the Cavaliers draw plenty of betting activity. Post season brings out an “Amateur Hour” aspect to betting windows. Consequently, clubs like the Pacers can become live dogs. Bargain hunters wanting more gravitate away from the public. Any team up against James and the Cavs can become a best bet. Game one proved it.
Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Game 2
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 7 p.m. Eastern
Location: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Pacers||+8 (-110)||211½ (-110)|
|Cavaliers||-8 (-110)||211½ (-110)|
Pacers vs. Cavaliers TV Coverage: TNT
Indiana blasted Cleveland 98-80 for a game one payout. As seven-point NBA betting online dogs they should have been favored. At least that is how well they played. Hometown fans booed the Cavaliers off the court. And justifiably so. Shooting just 38% from the field showed their lack of focus. Victor Oladipo lead the Pacers with 32 points. LeBron James led the Cavs with 24 points. JR Smith was the next best at 15. If King James and his team needed a wakeup call they certainly got it.
Big Names on Court
Road games were a source of profit for the Pacers. Indiana has paid in 24 of 42 games away from home. Seven covers in their last ten games shows good form. Oladipo is one of the most underrated guards in the NBA. He led the team in scoring with 23 points per game. Head coach Nate McMillan is also underrated. A winner of 568 NBA games, he has proven competence. Defensively his team ranked ninth best in the NBA this season.
Cleveland was a terrible betting value most of the year. Quicken Loans Arena only worsened what little profitability they may have offered. On their home court they have paid out in just 13 of 42 tries. Busting bankrolls at a record rate the playoff opener showed no relief. A defense that ranked 26th in the NBA is a major culprit. Coach Tyronn Lue may want to call in sick soon. Provided he doesn’t get fired before so.
Team vs. Team
Cleveland has beat the sportsbook in just one of their last five against Indiana. Just one of the last five between these teams went over the total. On the road the Pacers have paid in seven of their last nine vs. the Cavs. Under the total hit in just one of the last five in this series at Cleveland.
Matchup to Watch
Wagering value is the decisive NBA betting online matchup key. Cleveland simply cannot offer gamblers much of it. Too much casual fan money flows their way. Oddsmakers must raise the price to drive action away from the Cavs. And that is where enhanced value is created. Beyond that on the hardwood the Pacers defense can keep them close. Certainly, within the number. Game one illustrated the value factor for his matchup. It’s all with Indiana.
Pacers vs. Cavaliers NBA games Betting Odds Picks
Indiana will get an inflated price and is the superior play as a result.
NBA Betting Online Pick: Indiana Pacers
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Pacers 97, Cavaliers 98
Check out Stephen A. Smith ripping on the Cavs for their game one loss!