Cavaliers vs Indiana Pacers NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Cavaliers vs Indiana Pacers Prediction 3/18/2024

The Cleveland Cavaliers (42-25) travel to face off against the Indiana Pacers (38-30) on Monday, March 18th. This game will be played at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and televised on BSIN. The Pacers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Cavaliers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Nets. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.

Cavaliers vs Pacers

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The Cavaliers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

The Cavaliers’ most recent matchup against the Rockets saw Caris LeVert lead the Cavaliers with 21 points while shooting 8/14 from the field. Georges Niang put up 14 points which was 2nd on the team, but it wasn’t enough as Cleveland ended up losing the game with a final score of 117-103.

With an overall record of 42-25 and a 1-2 record in their last three games, the Cavaliers come into their matchup with the Pacers. Currently, the team is in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference and 2nd place in the Central division.

Against the spread, Cleveland are currently above .500, at 33-32 ATS. As the favorite this season, Cleveland is 21-23 vs. the spread while going 12-9 as the underdog.

The Pacers Are Coming Off A Win

The Pacers notched a win against the Nets in their most recent game, concluding with a score of 121-100. The Pacers not only won the game but also covered the spread as -8.5-point favorites. In terms of the over/under, the combined 221 points was below the over/under line of 228.5.

Coming into today’s matchup vs. the Cavaliers, the Pacers are above .500 with a 38-30 record. In their 68 games, the Pacers have gone 27-16 vs. Eastern Conference teams and 11-14 in non-conference play.

In terms of the spread, Indiana currently holds an ATS record of 36-30, which is above .500. Currently, the Pacers are on a three game ATS win streak when they are underdogs, and they are 15-18 vs. the spread as favorites.

Cavaliers Offense Breakdown

In 67 games games, Cleveland has an average of 113.6 points per game (18th).

Heading into their matchup with the Pacers, the Cavaliers are 18th in scoring at 113.6 points per game. On the road, they are averaging 112.6 points per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, Cleveland is 6th in made threes at 13.7 per game. They are also 8th in three-point attempts.

Overall, the Cavaliers are 10th in assists at 27.8 per game. In terms of pace, they are 20th in the NBA.

Pacers Offense Breakdown

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Today, the Pacers enter the game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring teams, averaging 123.1 points per game (1st).

When it comes to scoring, the Pacers are the top team in the league, averaging 123.1 points per game. At home, they are averaging 125.8 points per game.

Indiana’s offense is built on their ability to get to the rim. They lead the league in two-point field goal percentage at 58% and are also first in two-pointers made.

So far this season, the Pacers have outscored the NBA scoring average in 72.1% of their games. They are also second in the league in pace at 101.6 possessions per game.

Cavaliers Team Defense

This season, the Cavaliers’ defense is the 5th ranked defense in the NBA at 5th PPG. So far, they have held opposing offenses below the NBA scoring average in 62.7% of their games. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Cavaliers defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 51.9% while allowing 36.0% from downtown.

Pacers Team Defense

As they prepare for the upcoming game, the Pacers is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 121.1 points per game (29th). Indiana’s defense is currently forcing 12.6 turnovers per game, which is 14th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 7th in blocked shots, with an average of 5.9 rejections per game.

Key Players For The Cavaliers And Pacers

In today’s game, our projections have Darius Garland leading the Cavaliers with 18 points on 6/14 shooting from the field. This season, he is averaging 18.8 points per game along with 2.5 boards.

On the flip side, our predictions place Pascal Siakam as the leading scorer for the Pacers. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 21 while also collecting 7 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 53.2%, and his scoring average is 21.5 points per game.

Cavaliers vs Pacers Trends

  • When looking at their past ten road matchups, Cleveland has an ATS record of 4-6 while averaging 111 per game. The team went 6-4 overall in these games.
  • Across their last three home contests, Indiana has been good against the spread posting a mark of 3-0. Their overall mark in these games was 3-0, while averaging 123 points per game.
  • Looking back on the team’s last three games as the underdog, the Cavaliers have a straight up record of 1-2. Their record vs the spread in these games was 2-1.
  • Going back to their last five games as the favorite, the Pacers have a straight up record of 2-3. But, their mark vs the spread was just 2-3.

Cavaliers vs Pacers Prediction

Entering the game as underdogs with a spread of +7.5, the Cavaliers is our point spread pick. Our projections not only see them covering the spread but also indicate a solid chance of an outright victory. This is a good choice for those looking for a higher moneyline payout.

Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 223.5 and given that our model is projecting 230 points between the teams, we like the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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