The Cleveland Cavaliers (22-13) are favorites by 5.5 points over the Indiana Pacers (18-17) on December 29, 2022 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in a matchup of a pair of the league’s best shooters. The Cavaliers’ Mitchell makes 3.8 triples per contest (third in league), while the Pacers’ Hield hits 3.8 (third). The over/under is set as 223.5 points for the outing.
How to bet Cavaliers vs. Pacers
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 5.5 points, with sportsbooks listing the Cavaliers as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Cavaliers have -206 odds to pick up the win, while the Pacers are listed at +172 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 223.5 points.
Cavaliers vs. Pacers Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Thursday, December 29, 2022
- Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: BSOH
- Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
- Arena: Gainbridge Fieldhouse
Cavaliers vs. Pacers Betting Trends
The Cavaliers have played 35 games, with 19 wins against the spread. Cleveland has come away with 19 wins in the 27 contests it has been listed as the favorite in this season. The Cavaliers have gone over the point total in 45.7% of their opportunities this year (16 times over 35 games with a set point total).
The Pacers have played 35 games, with 20 wins against the spread. Indiana has won 48.1% of the games this season it was the moneyline underdog (13-14). Pacers games this season have eclipsed the over/under 42.9% of the time (15 out of 35 games with a set point total).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
Cavaliers vs. Pacers Injury Report
Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton: Questionable (Knee), Kendall Brown: Out (Leg), Daniel Theis: Out (Knee)
What you need to know about the Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland has been forced to rely on its defense, which ranks best in the NBA (105.5 points allowed per game), as it ranks fifth-worst in the league on offense with only 111.1 points per contest. The Cavaliers are averaging 113.6 points per game this year in home games, which is 5.9 more points than they’re averaging in road games (107.7). The Cavaliers’ offense has been worse over their last 10 games, racking up 109.9 points a contest compared to the 111.1 they’ve averaged this season.
So far this year, Cleveland is sinking 11.5 treys per game (18th-ranked in NBA) and is shooting 36.6% (13th-ranked) from downtown. This season, the Cavaliers have taken 62.6% two-pointers, accounting for 71.5% of the team’s baskets. They have shot 37.4% from beyond the arc (28.5% of the team’s baskets).
What you need to know about the Indiana Pacers
In 2022-23, Indiana is 13th in the league offensively (114.4 points scored per game) and 19th on defense (115.1 points conceded). In 2022-23 the Pacers are averaging 5.7 more points per game at home (117.3) than away (111.6). The Pacers are posting 112.9 points per game in their previous 10 games, which is 1.5 fewer points than their average for the season (114.4).
Indiana is the fifth-best team in the NBA in 3-pointers made (14.7 per game) and 11th in 3-point percentage (36.7%). The Pacers take 55.3% percent of their shots from inside the arc, and 44.7% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 64.2% of the Pacers’ buckets are 2-pointers, and 35.8% are 3-pointers.
Our pick to win this game is the Cavaliers, and we predict that Pacers will cover the spread (Cavaliers -5.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 223.5 points.
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