The NBA is set up with another great night of action throughout Wednesday night. Ten games are up on the board throughout March 3. One of these matchups will be between the Indiana Pacers and the Cleveland Cavaliers. These two teams have put up solid records so far this season and will look to keep it going in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
The Pacers have started out this season with a record of 15-18, which has them sitting in ninth place of the Eastern Conference. Indiana is only two games out of the fourth seed in the East, which shows how tight the conference is. The Pacers have lost four games in a row and need to find a way to get going in this one on Wednesday night.
Cleveland has put up a record of 14-21 to this point in the season, which has them in thirteenth place of the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers have won four games in a row to battle back close to the playoff picture. Cleveland is two games out of the tenth seed and will look to close in with a win in this one. I expect the Cavaliers to come out quickly in this one as they try to close the gap.
These two teams have struggled a bit this season, but find themselves still in the playoff race for Eastern Conference. Indiana has struggled as of late, losing their last four games. The Cavaliers have been able to win four in a row and will look to keep it going. I expect both teams to come out to try to swing momentum in their favor in this one.
The Pacers and the Cavaliers met up three times throughout last season. Cleveland hosted the first game on October 26. Malcolm Brogdon scored 30 points and 10 assists, but it was not enough for Indiana. Tristan Thompson dropped 25 points and 13 rebounds on the night. Kevin Love added 21 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists. The Cavaliers finished with a 110-99 win on the night.
The second game shifted to Indiana on November 1. Kevin Love finished with 22 points and 17 rebounds, while Collin Sexton scored 21 points. It was not enough for Cleveland this time though. Malcolm Brogdon scored 25 points. Jeremy Lamb dropped 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Domantas Sabonis finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds. The Pacers earned a 102-95 win at home.
Cleveland hosted the third and final game of the season series last season. Andre Drummond scored 27 points and added 13 rebounds. Kevin Love scored 20 points and 12 rebounds, but it was not enough for the win. T.J. Warren dropped 30 points on the night, while Malcolm Brogdon had 22 points. Domantas Sabonis put up 18 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists as the Pacers won 113-104.
The first game of this season’s series was in Indiana on December 31. Collin Sexton finished with 28 points, while Darius Garland had 21 points. Domantas Sabonis dropped 25 points and 11 rebounds and Doug McDermott had 18 points off the bench. Indiana’s starting lineup combined for 84 points as the Pacers earned a 119-99 win at home.
Field Goal Shooting
Indiana has been solid shooting the ball so far this season. The Pacers have been able to make 47.1 percent of their shots from the field, which is 11th in the league. Indiana has been able to shoot 36.4 percent from deep, which is 17th in the NBA. The Pacers have been able to drain 78.6 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 12th in the league.
The Cavaliers have struggled shooting the ball throughout this season. Cleveland has shot 45.3 percent from the field, which is 23rd in the NBA. The Cavaliers have been able to shoot 34.4 percent from behind the arc, which is 27th in the league. Cleveland had been able to sink 72.1 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 29th in the NBA.
The Pacers have been the better team shooting the ball this season. Indiana has been better on defense as well this season. The Pacers have held opposing teams to a 46.5 percent shooting percentage, which is 13th in the league. Cleveland has held their opponents to a 47.9 percent from the field, which is 28th in the NBA. If Indiana’s defense can step up in this one, it could give them the edge.
Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis have helped lead this Pacers team this season. Brogdon is averaging 21.5 points per game, while Sabonis has averaged 21 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. T.J. Warren is averaging 15.5 points per game. Jeremy Lamb and Justin Holiday have both averaged 11.5 points per game this season.
Collin Sexton has helped lead Cleveland throughout this season so far. Sexton has averaged 24 points per game this season. Darius Garland is averaging 16 points and 6 assists per game. Jarrett Allen has averaged 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, while Cedi Osman is averaging 11 points per game to round out the lineup.
These two teams have been led by their leaders so far this season. The Pacers will be without Myles Turner and could be without Doug McDermott as well. Cleveland is without Andre Drummond and Kevin Love in this one as well. If Indiana can take control in the paint, it could give them a big edge in this one. I expect the Pacers to try and set the pace in close.
Indiana has struggled in their last stretch of games and they will meet up with a Cavaliers team that has been heating up. I think that the Pacers have a chance to get the win in this one though. Indiana has been better shooting the ball and have been stronger with their depth. The Pacers will look to get going quickly in this one to end the losing streak.
BetOnline has Indiana listed as a -6 against the spread in this one. This gives a big edge to the Pacers on Wednesday night. I agree with this line as Indiana has been the better team this season. I do not think these two teams will keep their streaks going long, which makes the Pacers look like a great pick. I really like the value on Indiana in this one.