Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers - 12/16/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers (18-11) vs Indiana Pacers (15-14)

Game Info: Friday, December 16, 2022 at 7:30 pm (Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse)

Betting Odds: Cleveland Cavaliers -7 -- Over/Under: 224.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Indiana Pacers invade the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse to battle the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

The Indiana Pacers have been in a rut as they’ve lost six of their last nine games overall but they will be looking to build some momentum after beating the Warriors in a 125-119 home win on Wednesday. Tyrese Haliburton led the way with 29 points and six assists on nine of 17 shooting, Myles Turner added 21 points on eight of 11 shooting while Buddy Hield chipped in with 17 points. As a team, the Pacers shot 50 percent from the field and 16 of 39 from the 3-point line as they took control of the contest with 47 points in the second quarter to build a 25-point lead which proved to be just enough in the end as the Warriors rallied late.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been in fine form as they’ve won five of their last eight games overall and they will be looking to stay hot after routing the Mavericks in a 105-90 road win on Wednesday. Donovan Mitchell led the way with 34 points on 13 of 20 shooting, Lamar Stevens added 18 points with 11 rebounds while Evan Mobley tallied 14 points with seven rebounds and six assists. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 52 percent from the field and eight of 24 from the 3-point line as they jumped all over the Mavericks from the start and never looked in trouble after dominating the first half by 60-41.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Pacers are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, 0-5 ATS in their last five games following a win and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record. The Cavaliers are 13-2-1 ATS in their last 16 home games, 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games following a win of more than 10 points and 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a win.

Head to head, the Pacers are 0-4-3 ATS in the last seven meetings in Cleveland and the Pacers are 0-4-2 ATS in the last six meetings overall.

The Pacers are shorthanded again as Chris Duarte and Kendall Brown are both out, while the Cavaliers are coming into this one at full strength except for Dean Wade who is still out. The Pacers were on terrible shape before their much-needed victory over the Warriors on Wednesday, but they will like their chances in this one if Haliburton can carry the team with another big game. The Cavaliers have been the more consistent team in better form, but the line just seems a couple points too high for this matchup. Give me the Pacers to hang around and get the cover in a close one.

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