NBA Playoffs recap: Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 1 Betting Odds

NBA Playoffs recap: Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 1 Betting Odds

Cleveland will host IN for Game 2 of their best-of-seven series on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET on TNT. The Cavs will have the home court advantage, but the Pacers have the advantage in the season series at 3-1.

The Pacers jumped to a 25-8 lead, led 33-14 after a quarter and 55-38 at halftime. "I feel like I just have to go out there and play my game". To be precise, the Pacers faced the Cavs 4-times during the regular season and ended up winning 3 of those matchups.

Preparation for the Cleveland Cavaliers has been going on for a couple of weeks now for the Pacers' scouting staff.

One of the most dominant postseason players in National Basketball Association history, James is undefeated in Game 1 of any opening series, a ideal 12-0 since making his playoff debut with the Cavaliers back in 2006. He helped bring two championships to the franchise and promised the city of Cleveland he would do the same for them. IN was edged 44-42 on the boards and clanked 10 of their 25 three point attempts in the contest.

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These aren't the Cleveland Cavaliers we have gotten used to over the years. Victor Oladipo led IN with 32 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals IN the win. He also added six rebounds, four assists and four steals during the contest. I wouldn't be surprise if he puts up two or three triple-doubles this series and has a 40-point game or two.

Get out the brooms everyone, this series is going to be a sweep!
Cleveland won 4-0 by an average of four points per game. Kevin Love and Rodney Hood narrowly missed that threshold with nine points apiece, with Love collecting a game-high 17 rebounds. 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. Therefore, if the Cavaliers are able to control the tempo, they will control the series. IN quickly went on a 12-2 run to restore a 17 point lead and that was that. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.4 rebounds per game.

As for Cleveland's reserves, Jordan Clarkson, J.R. Smith and Jose Calderon are in the rotational mix, with forwards Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance Jr. being used depending on whom in has on the floor. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Hill's back bothered him after halftime and he was forced to play James at the point.

Does the King have enough help to push back the Sixers, the Raptors or even the injured Celtics?

It was clean and Stephenson went on to be dynamite off the bench all game, a trend that must continue for the Pacers to hand LeBron his first ever first round loss.

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