Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers basketball gambling preview
Time: 7:05 PM
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena
Sportsbook NBA online betting odds:
Pacers +7½ (-110) 209½ (-110) +285
Cavaliers -7½ (-110) 209½ (-110) -345
The Cavs held the Pacers off 109-108 on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in their first round playoff series. Indiana forward CJ Miles missed a 14-foot jump shot right before the buzzer – a shot which, in retrospect, Paul George, by his own admission, should have taken. But he didn’t and Miles “missed” and “we won” as LeBron James so helpfully put it for those of us who weren’t paying attention.
Key players: Speaking of PG13, the small forward led the Pacers to a strong finish of the regular season – scoring at least 32 points in three of their last five games and at least 23 in the other two. George had 29 points, five rebounds, and seven assists against the Cavs on Saturday, but it was the elusive final shot that could have helped him break the 30-point mark as well as lead his team to the upset.
Recent form: As hinted above, the Pacers entered the postseason in tip-top shape, having won their last five regular season games in a row. Two of those games were on the road, where Indiana is 2-9 in the last 11 games. Additionally, the Pacers have lost four of their last five against the Cavs, as well as five of their last visits to Cleveland.
NBA online betting odds trends: Indiana may not be a trusty straight-up proposition on the road, but the Pacers have covered the spread in four of their last five away games and in 10 of their last 12 against the Cavs. The basketball gambling total has gone over in Indiana’s last five games on the road. The Pacers enter tonight as road dogs, and they are 0-8 SU and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games as such.
Key players: James sat out the last two games of the regular season, but playoff mode is second nature to the King. LeBron had 32 points, six rebounds, and 13 assists in his 200th postseason game and 18th straight first-round win.
Recent form: The Cavs limped to the playoffs on a four-game losing streak and conceded the top of the East to the Celtics, and while they didn’t so much win Saturday’s game as the Pacers lost it, a win’s a win. Cleveland has won 13 of the last 18 home games.
NBA online betting odds trends: The Cavaliers have dominated the Pacers as of late, including at home. However, the Cavs are not the most dependable ATS bet there is, covering in only one of their last five games, one of their last five home games, and one of their last six when hosting the Pacers. Moreover, Cleveland is 2-10 against the spread in the last 12 games when playing against the Pacers. The basketball gambling total has gone over in four of the Cavs’ last six games versus Indiana and over in six of the Cavaliers’ last seven games at Quicken Loans Arena.