Cavaliers vs Pacers Prediction NBA Picks 3/18/24

Indiana Pacers (38-31) vs Cleveland Cavaliers (42-25)

Game Info: Monday, March 18, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Gainbridge Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Indiana Pacers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 227 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Cleveland Cavaliersand and Indiana Pacers meet Monday in NBA action at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Cleveland Cavaliers vs Indiana Pacers prediction.

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in a rut lately as they've lost four of their last six games overall and they will be hoping for a better performance after getting thrashed by the Rockets in a 117-103 road loss on Saturday. Caris LeVert led the team with 21 points and seven assists off the bench, Georges Niang added 14 points while Donovan Mitchell chipped in with 13 points. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 45 percent from the field and 12 of 38 from the 3-point line as they struggled to keep pace with the Rockets from the start, falling behind by as many as 27 points before they made a late run in the fourth quarter to make it look closer than it really was. Donovan Mitchell shot just four of 13 from the field while Darius Garland finished with just 12 points on five of 13 shooting. The Cavaliers will meet the Heat after this one.

Indiana Pacers

Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers have been in decent shape as they've won four of their last six games overall and they will be eager to keep it going after blowing past the struggling Nets in a 121-100 home win on Saturday. Pascal Siakam led the team with 28 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, Aaron Nesmith added 16 points while Tyrese Haliburton chipped in with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Pacers shot 47 percent from the field and six of 30 from the 3-point line as they shook off a slow start, pouring in 34 points in the second quarter to take control of the contest, before they dominated the second half by 62-43 to make it a complete blowout win at home. The Pacers will face the Pistons after this game.

Indiana Pacers Player Facts

  • Tyrese Haliburton ranks 1st amongst qualified players for assists per game (11.2) this season.
  • Aaron Nesmith ranks 1st in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for 3P% (44.5%) this season.

Cleveland Cavaliers Player Facts

  • Jarrett Allen is one of only five players in the league to have recorded a double-doubles in 10+ consecutive games this season.
  • Georges Niang is one of only 19 players to have scored 30+ points off the bench in a game this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for points per game this season (123.1).
  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for assists per game this season (30.5).
  • The Cavaliers are one of only two teams with two players averaging a double-double this season.
  • The Cavaliers rank 2nd in the league for Q2 opponent points per game this season (26.7).

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Indiana Pacers prediction

The Cavaliers are going to be missing a few players once again with Max Strus, Dean Wade, Evan Mobley and Donovan Mitchell all ruled out, while the Pacers are still missing Doug McDermott and Bennedict Mathurin. The Cavaliers have struggled to build any momentum lately with all the injuries they've had to deal with, while the Pacers are coming into this one in playing some decent basketball to win four of their last six games overall. Both teams are a little banged up at the moment, but the Pacers still have Siakam, Haliburton and Turner which should be enough to sneak past this banged up Cavaliers team struggling for form.

Peter’s Pick Indiana -1.5

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