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Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 4-15-2018 - Prediction & Preview

Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 4-15-2018 - Prediction & Preview

Their opponent, the Indiana Pacers, have been one of the biggest surprises in the NBA this year as they've gotten an All-NBA season from Paul George trade piece Victor Oladipo; he's got to be the frontrunner for the NBA Most-Improved Player Award. This year provides a hard path, though, because they are the fourth-seeded team in the Eastern Conference and wouldn't have home-court advantage in a series against the Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics or Philadelphia 76ers. And they out-slugged the offensively-challenged Cavaliers in Game 4 - 80-74 - en route to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they fell to the Bulls in seven. They have a legitimate chance to "shock the world" and who is to doubt them now?

Game one starts at 3:30 p.m.in Cleveland.

Last year, the Cavs swept the Pacers in a series where in could have easily won games one and three.

Although the Cavs have had more makeovers this year than any leading lady in Hollywood, the Pacers took three of four during the regular season. The Cavaliers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games, 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 home games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall. It isn't expected to keep him out of the postseason and he's probable for the opening game.

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But it was Bernier who shined when it mattered most last Saturday with 32 saves in the Avs' playoff-clinching finale against St. Nashville Predators' star Filip Forsberg scored two goals in the team's 5-2 Game 1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche .

Kevin Love has never been Option 2 in a playoff game.It's a role that suited him quite well this season. We have the best player in the world and a lot of guys that are hungry to go out and prove what they can do."Up until January 2, Love was the best version of himself since he joined the Cavs.Cleveland entered the year with James and Love as its two primary scoring options because Isaiah Thomas, ostensibly Irving's replacement, was out rehabbing a hip injury". Pacers guard Lance Stephenson isn't into stats this time of year, nor is he looking to make new friends. They may be the No. 4 seed, but they believe they're still the beasts of the East. He averaged 14.3 points and shot.402 from 3-point range.

"The past is the past for a reason", Victor Oladipo said following practice on Friday.

When the postseason tipped off past year, the Pacers top five scorers were Paul George, Jeff Teague, Myles Turner, C.J. Miles and Thaddeus Young.

They were 10-1 in games decided by three points or less. They've beaten the Hawks all 12 times they've faced them and have taken the last 12 against Detroit. "And that's OK. I mean I've come to come to terms with it and, you know, whatever happens happens, but for now I just want to try to win".


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