Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers - 4/15/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cavaliers face Pacers in first round of playoffs

The series shifts to IN for Game 3 on Friday. The Pacers won 98-80 as this was the first time his team lost a game in the first round since 2012, and it could end up being the first time his team is eliminated in the first round. The 76ers have their own issues with Joel Embiid likely to miss the start of their first-round series with the Miami Heat.

Although the Cavs have had more makeovers this year than any leading lady in Hollywood, the Pacers took three of four during the regular season.

This will be the second consecutive season in which the Cavaliers will play the Pacers in the playoffs.

LeBron James, who won 21 straight games in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs leading into this series, had a triple-double for the Cavaliers thanks to 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. If Curry is back for what is an expected showdown series with the Rockets in the conference finals, they'll be the best in the West yet again. IN was edged 44-42 on the boards and clanked 10 of their 25 three point attempts in the contest. Hopefully, we get Good Jeff Green. The Cavs finished 5th in scoring and Offensive Rating along with 6th in 3-point shooting percentage, which has been their calling card all season. Cleveland won 4-0 by an average of four points per game. The imbalance of talent will give Cleveland an instant advantage. But to first get there, they have to put up a dominant performance against the Pacers. "I think we've been nine in the past, but I think it's going to be important to go 10 for us because I like Clarkson being on the floor with a point guard, so that makes us play 10". Cleveland was down 19 after the opening quarter and despite their best efforts, couldn't throw a serious scare into IN the rest of the way. Brad Stevens will throw all sorts of looks at the young guys and while the absence of Irving and Gordon Hayward will hang over the team, these Celtics won't start looking ahead to next year without a fight.

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Even in a losing effort, James was spectacular as always, recording a triple-double with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

"I will play 10", Lue told reporters . Green is much quicker than nearly any "power forward" the Cavs will go up against, and dictating size is a pretty powerful strategy for the Cavs. As his game continues to develop into an effective sidekick for James, teams will continue to struggle defending him.

"They were more aggressive", James said. In the first quarter, Nance Jr. had six points and no one else had more than two.

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