Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Pacers vs Cavaliers Best Bets, Odds and Picks

Pacers vs Cavaliers Best Bets, Odds and Picks

Victor Oladipo is probably the league's most improved player, though they seemingly don't pose much of a threat to the Cavs.

It didn't happen. The 6-foot-10, 251-pounder averaged 19.0 points and 11.1 rebounds while playing with Irving a season ago.

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Cavaliers are a 6.5-point favorite on the spread line.

Dating back to his days as a member of the Miami Heat, LeBron James has enjoyed an interesting relationship with Lance Stephenson.

One of the most dominant postseason players in National Basketball Association history, James is undefeated in Game 1 of any opening series, a flawless 12-0 since making his playoff debut with the Cavaliers back in 2006.

Game 2 of the Cavaliers-Pacers series isn't until April 18.

The Cavaliers never led, but battled hard in the second-half before coming up well short.

They counted out the Pacers in July, October and now in April.

The regular season is finally out of the way and now we can get down to business.

"I like Clarkson being on the floor with a point guard, so that makes us play 10", Lue said.

I can still see LeBron scoring the winning basket of game one in 2013, when then coach Frank Vogel had 7-1 Roy Hibbert on the bench instead of defending the rim. Since 2012, James has not lost a single game in the first round.

Trailing 69-50 in the third quarter, Cleveland used a 13-1 run, capped by Love's deep 3-pointer, to trim the deficit to 70-63. James finished with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for his 20th career playoff triple-double.

The points total has trended towards the "over" but only in five of the meetings, while four went under the number and one was a push.

The trio dominated the Eastern Conference for the three seasons they were together.

The Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games in Cleveland. "It's well-documented we only have four guys left from that (2016) championship team (James, Love, Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith), but we have a lot of veteran, savvy guys with a ton of experience".

After all those ups and downs, the Cavaliers find themselves as the fourth seed facing off against the fifth seeded Indiana Pacers in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The Pacers are feeling confident after beating the Cavs for fourth time this season. Are this year's Pacers ready to take the next step they couldn't with Paul George? Odds for Game 2 will be released shortly at the BetDSI Sportsbook. The defense has been atrocious, and the chemistry doesn't seem to be there, a side effect of having nearly two full teams take the court in one season.

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