King James Looks to Put Cavaliers into Next Round in Indy
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Indiana Pacers meet at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday night. Cleveland will be looking to advance to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Indiana is looking to force a game seven back in Cleveland.
Oddsmakers opened the Pacers as -1.5-point favorites versus the Cavaliers, while the game’s total opened at 204.5. Indiana is now favored by 1.5-points and the total down to 203.
TV: 8 p.m. EST, ESPN, FS Ohio (Cleveland), FS Indiana
Lebron James beat the buzzer to give his team a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series on Wednesday. As you know, anytime Lebron is on the floor, magic can Happen. He is arguably the best player of all-time.
James capped off a 44-point, 10-rebound, eight-assist performance by nailing a 3-pointer at the buzzer. The clutch shot gave the cavaliers a 98-95 victory in game 5 and their first lead of the series. Lebron’s buzzer-beater came after he swatted away a dunk attempt by Indiana’s victor Oladipo.
The play at the other end of the court was controversial. The NBA declared on Thursday should have been called goaltending.
The Cavaliers Have Been Streaky on Offense
The Pacers were ahead 56-49 at halftime. The third quarter was a doozy. Cleveland opened with a 21-4 spurt to take a 10-point lead. Cleveland has struggled some in third quarter this season.
Kevin Love added a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the Wednesday night slug-fest. Cleveland could use more offensive production from their Center. Cleveland has a great offensive presence when Love is in form.
Kyle Korver was the only other player to score in double figures for the Cavaliers. The sharp-shooter finished with 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting.
Cavaliers PG George Hill missed the last two games with back problems. He is questionable for Friday.
Cleveland SG Jr. Smith went scoreless on the night. He was a pitiful 0-of-8 shooting in 33 minutes.
Pacers have to get Quality Bench Minutes Tonight
Pacers center Domantas Sabonis has scored 41 off the bench in the last two games. This is after he scored only 17 in the first three games of the series. Indiana will need more production like this to force a game seven.
Sabonis is averaging 20.5 points on 17-of-24 shooting over the last two games.
Indiana Guard Victor Oladipo started out hot in the series. He is struggling over the last three games. Oladipo was just 2-of-15 from the floor while scoring 12 points on Wednesday. The All-Star is 12-of-50 over the last three games.
Pacers NBA Betting Trends
Pacers NBA Betting Trends
|Cleveland||Away||Cavaliers are 21-47-1 ATS in their last 69 games as a favorite.||30.90% (69)|||||0||8|2|
|Cleveland||Away||Under is 36-17-2 in Cavaliers last 55 games as a road underdog.||67.90% (55)||17|36||2||||
|Cleveland||Away||Under is 18-6-2 in Cavaliers last 26 games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5.||75.00% (26)||0|4||0||||
|Cleveland||Away||Under is 16-5-2 in Cavaliers last 23 games as a road underdog of 5.0-10.5.||76.20% (23)||5|16||2||||
|Cleveland||Away||Cavaliers are 6-15 ATS in their last 21 games as a road favorite.||28.60% (21)|||||0||6|15|
Over is 14-5-1 in Cavaliers last 20 games as a favorite of 11.0 or greater.
|Cleveland||Away||Cavaliers are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games as a road underdog.||73.30% (15)|||||0||11|4|
|Cleveland||Away||Cavaliers are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5.||28.60% (14)|||||0||4|10|
|Cleveland||Away||Cavaliers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 playoff games as an underdog.||30.80% (13)|||||0||8|3|
|Cleveland||Away||Cavaliers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games as a road underdog of 5.0-10.5.||30.80% (13)|||||0||4|9|
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Cleveland home to Indiana Sunday, April 29
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