The weekend opens up with a solid NBA schedule that features a nine game lineup for sports handicappers to take advantage of. One of those matchups will take place in Indiana where the Pacers will welcome LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to town.
For both of these teams enter Friday January 12th, 2018 riding a slump as neither team has a winning record over the past two weeks. The Pacers have won just four of their last ten overall while the Cavaliers have just three wins over their last ten including a blowout loss last night to the Toronto Raptors.
Friday Night’s contest will be the third meeting of the 2017-18 NBA schedule between these two teams with the Pacers getting the best of them in each of the previous team meetings. In each of the first two meetings the Pacers won the rebounding battle, hit more three pointers and committed at least three fewer turnovers in each contest.
Here are the keys to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers matchup on Friday January 12th, 2018.
Cleveland Cavaliers – Step Up on Defense
As the Cavaliers enter Friday Night’s showdown the team is on the verge of losing three straight games and four of their last five overall. In their last two losses, the team failed to slow down their opponents allowing both teams to top the 127 mark. Over their last eight games the Cavaliers have allowed their opponents to top 100 in each contest while picking up just two wins.
Indiana Pacers – Play Turnover Free
For the Pacers it will come down to a few key things on Friday Night for them to pick up a win and help reward the sports handicappers. This includes continuing to play the same style of basketball they have in their previous two meetings with the big one coming in the turnover battle. If the Pacers can slow the ball down on the offensive side of the ball and protect it from turnovers they have a big time shot at picking up a third straight win over the Cavaliers.
Cleveland Cavaliers @ Indiana Pacers
Pacers (+1.5) – Over 221.5
Friday January 12th, 2018
Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends
The Cavaliers enter Friday Night carrying a 26-15 overall mark but that success hasn’t translated for their sports handicappers as they have covered the spread in just 12 of 28 contests this season. Those struggles include covering just one of their last nine overall and just nine of their 22 road contests this season. Along with those struggles the Cavaliers have managed to cover the spread in just 13 of their last 52 games following a blowout loss by double digits. Positive news for the Cavaliers have been their success on Friday Night where they have a 19-8 mark against the spread.
Indiana Pacers Betting Trends
The Pacers enter Friday Night covering the spread in just three of their last 10 overall games while pushing their season mark to 22-19 against the spread. Much of that success has come at home where they have posted a 13-10 overall record and a 12-11 mark against the spread. That said the Pacers have struggled against teams in the Eastern Conference of last covering the spread in just two of their last seven overall contests.
Head to Head Matchup
The head to head trends lean towards the Pacers including the team covering the spread in each of their first two meetings this season. With the Cavaliers falling to cover in each of those meetings, their record against the spread in this series is just 3-7-1 dating back to the 2015-16 NBA Schedule. That said the road team has covered the spread in six of their last seven overall meetings.
Pick & Prediction – Cleveland Cavaliers