Indiana Pacers (48-34) vs Cleveland Cavaliers (50-32)

NBA: Sunday April 15th, 2018, 3:30 PM ET | Quicken Loans Arena

Spread: Pacers +6.5 / Cavs -6.5

Moneyline: Pacers +260  / Cavs -320

Over/Under: 213

FREE NBA PICK INDIANA PACERS VS CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers (48-34) were one of the true surprises of the NBA this season. When they traded Paul George for Victor Oladipo and Domontas Sabonis, Pacers fans all but gave up on the season. Everyone thought the Pacers were going to be a bottom feeder in the NBA. Boy were we wrong! Victor Oladipo went on an absolute terror this year and led this team to the 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. Oladipo is averaging 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game this year. By far the best numbers of his career. If it were up to me, he would definitely win the Most Improved Player award for this season. This will be the 2nd year in a row that the Pacers and Cavs will match up in the 1st round together, although the teams couldn’t look more different. The Pacers play much better than the Cavs do, team chemistry wise, so they have that going for them. If the Cavs’ defense doesn’t step up in the playoffs, they could be in for a rude awakening.

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers (50-32) are looking to make their 4th straight NBA Finals run, and that all starts today against Indiana. King James is looking to put the team on his back and get back to NBA Finals. In his 15th NBA season, LeBron James, might have had his most dominant season in his entire career. To be in year 15 and still improving your game is truly remarkable. His career longevity is like nothing we’ve ever seen, as he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. In his 15th season he’s averaged 27 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists per game. This Cleveland Cavaliers team took a major face lift half way through the season, when they traded half of their team and brought in Rodney Hood, George Hill, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. Since the trades occurred, this team has looked better than they did in the 1st half of the season. The Cavs will be back to full strength for the first time in a while, so that’s definitely something to concern Pacers fans. If the Cavs gel together in this first game, and LeBron plays typical 1st Round – Lebron basketball, than the Cavs will be in great shape.

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Indiana Pacers

Indiana is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games

The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Indiana’s last 22 games

Indiana is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games

The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland’s last 9 games

Cleveland is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games at home

FREE NBA PREDICTION CLEVELAND CAVALIERS VS INDIANA PACERS

If there’s one thing that bettors need to know coming into this game, it’s that you don’t bet against the house. The house in this case, is LeBron James. LeBron has won 21 straight 1st round games in the NBA Playoffs and has never lost a 1st round series in his career. LeBron has swept his way through the first round for 5 straight years. Indiana is a great team, but expect LeBron and the Cavs to step up defensively throughout the playoffs. If you’re betting moneyline you take the Cavs here. -6.5 is a pretty lofty spread so teasing it by a couple points and pairing it with some of the other games might not be a bad idea. But to take my own advice here, don’t bet against the King!

Pick: Cleveland -6.5 

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