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A pair of Central Division rivals at opposite ends of the standings take the floor on the shores of Lake Erie. The Indiana Pacers look to bounce back as they visit the slumping Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night. Indiana comes in off a 121-105 road loss to Toronto Sunday evening in their last contest. Cleveland was dropped 133-98 at home by the Pelicans on Saturday night in their previous contest. The Pacers own a 98-93 edge in the all-time regular-season series between the teams. This season, the teams split the first two matchups with the Cavaliers claiming a 92-91 road win in the last matchup on December 18, 2018.
Indiana Pacers Seek to Bounce Back After Road Loss
Indiana saw their six-game win streak come to a halt as they were beaten on the road by Toronto Sunday night. The Pacers are third in the Eastern Conference, 2.5 games behind the Raptors for the top spot. They trail the Bucks by 1.5 games in the Central Division. Indiana was down two after the opening quarter and by seven at the half: they battled back to within 75-74 with 8:41 to play in the third quarter before giving up a quick 13-2 run to trail by 12. The Pacers couldn’t draw closer than eight the rest of the way. Indiana shot 45.7 percent from the field, including four of 17 from three point range, in the loss. Indiana allowed Toronto to shoot 51.8 percent in the game, including 17 of 33 from beyond the arc. Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pacers with 21 points and nine rebounds in the loss. Indiana is 10-9-1 ATS on the road this season while the over is 12-8 in those games.
The Pacers are 23rd in the league in scoring with 107.7 points a night. Indiana is 23rd in the league in rebounding by collecting 43.8 boards per game. The Pacers are 9th in assists with 25.4 per game but have been solid defensively this season. Indiana is 1st in the league in scoring defense, allowing 101.9 points per game. Victor Oladipo leads the Pacers with 20.1 points plus 6.1 rebounds and 1.75 steals per contest. Myles Turner averages 12.9 points plus 7.1 rebounds and 2.78 blocks per game. Darren Collison, Thaddeus Young (12.2 points, 5.9 rebounds), Domantas Sabonis (14.9 points, 9.6 rebounds) and Bojan Bogdanovic (16.3 points) are contributing offensively. The Pacers also rely on Tyreke Evans (10.3 points), Doug McDermott, Cory Joseph and Kyle O’Quinn in their rotation in order to have success. Indiana is 2ndin the league by shooting 48.1 percent from the field. The Pacers are tied for 28th with 9.2 threes per game. Indiana stands 5th in the league as they’re knocking down 36.9 percent from beyond the arc. Oladipo returned against the Bucks on December 12 after missing 11 games with a knee injury.
Cleveland Cavaliers Try to Snap Skid at Nine
Cleveland is 7-12 ATS at home this season while the over is 10-8-1 in those contests. The Cavs are struggling and that’s an understatement.
The Cavaliers are 28th in the league in scoring this season with 102 points per game. Cleveland is 24th in rebounding with 43 caroms a night while the team stands 29th with 20 assists per contest. The Cavaliers are below average defensively, ranking 19th in scoring defense by allowing 111.4 points per game. Kevin Love leads the Cavaliers with 19 points and 13.5 rebounds per contest. He underwent surgery on his big toe and is expected to be out until mid-January. Cedi Osman contributes 11.6 points plus 5.1 boards, Jordan Clarkson averages 16.9 points and Rodney Hood (12.9 points) is putting up double figures a night. Rookie first-round pick Collin Sexton (14.7 points), Tristan Thompson (12 points, 11.3 boards), Ante Zizic, Patrick McCaw, Alec Burks (9.8 points), David Nwaba, Matthew Dellavedova, John Henson and Larry Nance Jr. are key components of the Cavs’ rotation. Cleveland is 26th in the league by shooting 44.3 percent from the field. The Cavaliers are 30th in the league in made threes with nine triples a night while ranking tied for 17th in three point shooting by shooting 35 percent from downtown. Henson is still recovering from wrist surgery that likely has him sidelined until February. Nwaba (ankle) and Zizic (knee) are questionable for this contest.
- Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference teams
- Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Central Division opponents
- Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
- Pacers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing home record
- Pacers are 21-8 ATS in their last 29 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 point