Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers NBA Pick - Odds and ATS Predictions
The Cleveland Cavaliers (7-23) will hit the road to take on the Indiana Pacers (20-10) at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018. The tip is scheduled for 7:00 PM ET and set to be televised on both FSN. The Cavaliers and Pacers share a robust divisional rivalry that has been well-balanced with each team winning five of the last ten meetings. Despite this, Indiana is 8-2 ATS over these ten contests. Most recently, the Pacers vanquished the Cavs on their own court in The Q in October defeating Cleveland 119-107 as a seven-point favorite.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers Overview
The Cavaliers step in on the heels of losing three of their previous four games overall while producing a matching 1-3 ATS record. Most recently, Cleveland fell at home to the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday by a score of 128-105 producing a loss against the spread as an eight-point underdog.
The Pacers enter on a seven-game winning streak after defeating the New York Knicks at home on Sunday by a score of 110-99. The Pacers closed as an 11.5-point favorite and thus marked the end of a five-game cover streak.
Reasons To Back Cleveland
Rivalry games produce the unexpected even if the comparative quality of both sides seem far contrasting. When the Pacers were the weaker team of the two when the Cavaliers still had LeBron James, they were the one team that consistently gave Cleveland fits. There is no reason to surmise that Cleveland cannot do the same here given the intensity of this rivalry. Given the fact that Cleveland owns an edge in both committing turnovers and a deeper bench, there is likely more than enough points on the table for Cleveland to cover as they will have a few key edges to keep this one close.
Reasons To Avoid Indiana
Takers will place stock in Indiana’s winning-streak combined with their extensive profitability in this series as of late and Cleveland’s poor 2-11 SU road record. All three of these ingredients put the Pacers in a position to be overvalued where they are laying an inflated number to their divisional foes. Given the overall state of the Cavs’ this season, this propensity is only maximized.
Cavaliers at Pacers Prediction 12/18/2018
We have already seen this Cleveland team orchestrate a few shocking upsets on the road already this season against better teams on paper, so it is indeed not out of the question here against a team that the Cavaliers love to hate. The Cavaliers will come out swinging and turn this contest into a physical and hard-fought match as most of these games usually are. Cleveland will offer up a spirited effort to keep the difference within this game to a single-digit margin.