Indiana Pacers v Cleveland Cavaliers – NBA Betting Preview and Prediction
After a thrilling home match against Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers will take a trip down to Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where they will meet with Indiana Pacers for the second time this season.
Indiana Pacers coming off their first W of the season
It’s not been an optimal start of the season for Pacers. In fact, it was far from it, seeing how they lost all three of their opening fixtures against Detroit Pistons (110:119), Cleveland Cavaliers (110:99) and again against Detroit Pistons (96:94). That said, things are looking up for the Indiana outfit, seeing how they claimed their first win of the season this week against Brooklyn Nets (108:118).
Looking at their bout with Brooklyn Nets, the teams ended the first quarter tied at 31:31, and while the second quarter was in favour of the hosts, Nets only managed to claim a marginal three-point lead before the half-time mark. In the opening minutes of Q3, the two sides exchanged the lead numerous times, as it seemed like there was nothing to separate that. That is until Indiana found their rhythm and went on to reclaim the lead, ending the quarter seven points up (83:90). At this point, the visitors only had to hold on to the lead to claim their first win of the season and they did just that.
With phenomenal work, Indiana managed to fend off Nets’ attempts to equalize the match and even went on to increase the lead to 16 at one point of the last quarter. Brooklyn Nets pushed back and did their best to close the gap and get themselves in the lead, but to no avail. Indiana Pacers won by double digits (108:118), which secured their first W of the season.
Despite the win, Pacers were not too happy with how the match played out, seeing how Myles Turner sprained his ankle and will be out of at least two weeks. His absence alone will cause a lot of issues for Indiana Pacers, who will lack some inside presence. It also means a lot of pressure will be put on rookie Goga Bitadze, who will be forced in action.
In the fixture between Nets and Pacers, Sabonis emerged as the top scorer with 29 points, to which he added sight rebounds and four assists. Irving was second with 28 points, seven rebounds and six assists and Lamb was third with 25 points and seven rebounds. Brogdon impressed with a double-double, scoring 21 points and adding eight rebounds and 13 assists.
Cleveland Cavaliers eyeing the second W in a row
The Cavs started off their 2019/20 campaign with a loss to Orlando Magic (94:85), followed by a win against Indiana Pacers (110:99), loss to Milwaukee Bucks (129:112) and most recently a win against the hopeless Bulls (117:111). With that, the Cavaliers are entering game five with a 2-2 record, which puts them at seventh place in the East.
Looking back at Cavaliers’ clash with Chicago Bulls, the fixture was fairly close throughout, and it was even Bulls who looked stronger for the most of the game, however, they fell flat in the final quarter. Q1 ended 25:26 in favour of Bulls, who further extended their lead by two points by the end of the second quarter (50:53). That said, Bulls ran out of steam in the second half, finishing the third quarter one point behind Cavs (29:30). With not a lot to separate the two sides throughout the whole match, it was all going to come down to the last quarter, where Cavs woke up and took over the lead from Bulls with a very solid performance (37:29). They shot with a phenomenal 77.8% FG while keeping the Bulls at 40.7%. At this point, it’s worth noting the biggest advantage Cavs had in that fixture was their dominance in the paint.
Thompson scored 23 points and added 10 rebounds and two assists, Sexton scored 18 and added two rebounds and two assists, whereas Love completely dominated in the paint with 17 points, 20 rebounds and six assists.
Verdict & Prediction
This will be a rematch between the two teams, who met less than a week ago, when it was Cavs who won 110:99. This time, it’s Indiana Pacers who are seen as favourites, and while they have impressed with a 108:118 win against Nets on Thursday, we have our doubts they will have an easy time against Cleveland. The main reason being the absence of Turner. Without Turner and Oladipo, Indiana are simply lacking the needed quality to convince us they can make something happen. Furthermore, without Turner, they will severely lack quality inside the pain, which is something Cavaliers will look to take advantage of. All things considered, Cavaliers should be more than capable of putting up a solid fight and keep this one within the margin.
Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers +8.00 Points
Odds: 1.81 Pinnacle