Pacers Vs Cavs Round 1 NBA Playoff Game 1 Odds & PickNoah Williams
LeBron James and the second-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers will kick off the defense of the championship they won a year ago when they take on Paul George and the seventh-seeded Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoff matchup on Saturday.
Now let’s find out which NBA squad will advance their odds at winning the 2017 NBA Title.
No. 7 Indiana Pacers Vs No. 2 Cleveland Cavaliers Round 1 NBA Playoff Game 1 Odds, Pick & Betting Preview
The Cavaliers are whopping 9-point home favorites against the Pacers when this game gets underway on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 3:00 PM ET, live from Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio while airing live on ABC. Happy hunting.
When: Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 3:00 PM ET
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Odds: Cleveland -9
Why Bet The Indiana Pacers Odds at +9
The Pacers are a good bet to cover the spread in this contest simply because they’re playing their best basketball of the season at just the right time. Indiana won their final five games of the regular season and have a legitimate superstar in forward Paul George (23.7 ppg). Indy’s often electrifying all-star has scored at least 30 points five times over his last 10 games while scoring 35 or more in four of those contests.
Another great reason to back the Pacers is that they rank 10th in field goal shooting percentage, a stellar fourth in three-point shooting (37.6%) and even more impressive second in free throw shooting (81.0%). Indiana won one of their four regular season meetings against Cleveland while losing their last meetings by five points and another by nine. Last but not least, Paul George has repeatedly shown that he has absolutely no fear of LeBron James whatsoever and that is absolutely huge.
Why Bet The Cleveland Cavaliers Odds at -9
The best reason to back the Cavaliers is that they have LeBron James and definitely want to get rid of the bad taste in their mouths that stems from their wildly inconsistent play over the last six weeks or so. Cleveland dropped four straight and six of 10 to close out the season, but they’ve pretty much owned the Pacers this season and have two superstars in James and Kyrie Irving.
Another great reason to back the Cavs is that LeBron James has gone 11-0 in first round series in his career and stunningly, hasn’t lost a first-round game since 2012. The Cavaliers also set a franchise record for made three-pointers in a season with 1,057.
Pacers Vs Cavs Round 1 NBA Playoff Game 1 Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Cavaliers will not drop their playoff opener, but I also don’t think they’re going to win by double digits so I want to encourage you to back the Indiana Pacers in this Game 1 playoff opener.
Indiana has gone 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall, 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 and a robust 21-10-1 ATS in their last 32 games against their Central Division rivals.
On the flip side of the coin, the Cavaliers have compiled an uninspiring 18-37-1 ATS mark in their last 56 games against their Central Division rivals while also going 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and just 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning SU record. The Cavs win, but the Pacers find a way to cover!
My final score prediction is Cleveland 102 Indiana 96