Free 2018 NBA Playoffs Expert Picks: Pacers vs Cavaliers Prediction (Game 7)
The NBA has two games on the board for Sunday night. The Pacers and Cavaliers look to end a hard-fought series in Game 7. Houston and Utah start their first-round series. Cleveland and Indiana meet at 1:00 PM ET on ABC. Here is my best bet for April 29. Odds can be found at BetOnline.
Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Predictions
The Cavaliers and Pacers entered the playoffs as the fourth and fifth seed respectively. It has shown, this series has gone back and fourth throughout the first six games. Indiana finished the season at 48-34. Cleveland was 50-32 at the end of the regular season.
Indiana came out in Game 1 and proved they could go toe-to-toe with Cleveland. The Pacers won 98-80. Victor Oladipo scored 32 points, while Lebron James put up 24 points.
Game 2 stayed in Cleveland and the Cavs made sure they did not fall 0-2 in the series. Lebron James scored 46 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in route to a 100-97 win. Oladipo led the Pacers in points with 22.
Game 3 shifted to Indiana and the Pacers were able to capitalize on their home court advantage. James scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, but it was not enough. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 30 points as the Pacers were able to pull away with a 92-90 win.
The Cavaliers got their revenge in Game 4 with a 104-100 win. James again got a double-double with 32 points and 13 rebounds. Domantas Sabonis led Indiana in points with 19.
Game 5 was arguably the best matchup in this series. The Cavaliers ended up winning 98-95. Lebron James scored 44 points and had 10 rebounds. James’ biggest points of the night though, came at the buzzer of the fourth quarter. James hit a game winning three to give the Cavaliers a 3-2 series lead.
Indiana Pacers +5½ (-110) at Cleveland Cavaliers -5½ (-110) Odds
The Pacers would not go quietly in Game 6. Indiana showed their dominant presence with a 121-87 victory. James scored 22 points. Oladipo dropped 28. Six other players scored double-digit points on the night for Indiana.
George Hill is questionable for Game 7 for the Cavaliers. He is the only player that is listed on the injury list for either team. Both teams continue to be heathy, which means we are likely in for a great Game 7.
Neither team has been able to put up back to back dominant performances. Cleveland had back to back wins in Game 4 and 5, but neither were blowouts. I believe the Cavaliers have the edge in this matchup, but not as big as the point spread implies.
The only games that would have covered a 5½ point spread for either team was Game 1 and Game 6, which were both won by Indiana. Overall this series is so close that I find it hard to believe a team should be favored by 5½ points. Indiana was able to steal a game in Cleveland and it is not impossible they are able to do it again. I like the Pacers with the points.