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Indiana Pacers vs Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers have been nothing wanting terrible up to now on this younger season after two promising wins towards the Celtics and Bucks. They’ve misplaced 4 of 5, and the win in that stretch was a detailed recreation towards the woeful Bulls. The group seems to get again heading in the right direction towards a abruptly red-hot Pacers group on the second half of a back-to-back.
Who: Indiana Pacers (Four-Three) at Cleveland Cavaliers (Three-Four)
When: 7 p.m. ET
The placeQuicken Loans Area
Enemy WeblogIndy Cornrows

Cavs accidentsIsaiah Thomas (OUT - hip), Iman Shumpert (OUT - proper knee)
Pacers accidentsMyles Turner (OUT - concussion), Glenn Robinson III (OUT - left ankle), Domantas Sabonis (TBD - sickness)

Three keys to the sport:

  • The Cavaliers are going to have to indicate some life of their transition protection recreation whereas they proceed to work by way of early bumps within the offense which have include integrating a number of new items into the rotation. Cleveland’s transition protection has all the time been horrible, thoughts you, however in years previous, they’ve a minimum of made photographs on the opposite finish that prevented the opposite group from working on them. This yr, opponents are leaping out to very large leads on largely large open baskets earned just by working at quicker than a lightweight jog. The Cavaliers need to make an effort to cease that.
  • The Pacers have appeared actually strong this season, and regardless of buying and selling Paul George, they picked up 5 or 6 real NBA gamers for his or her roster that may assist virtually any group. Positive, they’re star-less, however they’ve acquired actual depth at a number of positions, and Victor Oladipoand Domantas Sabonis are thriving of their new Russell Westbrook-less existence. Slowing these two down will likely be main for the Cavaliers, however there’s threats littered throughout the roster, even when there’s no blue-chipper.
  • Will the actual Tristan Thompson please arise? The Cavaliers massive man has two (2) rebounds in his final two (2) video games. His vitality has been atrocious, and I’m sorry to say that if Thompson isn’t enjoying with higher vitality than his counterparts on the court docket, he’s barely an NBA participant. That’s no slight on Thomspon. His peak vitality is higher than the opposition’s, and he’s been an insanely helpful a part of a championship group by specializing in what he does finest. However up to now this season, although, he’s been a catastrophe. He’s not the one downside, however yeesh, the field rating has not lied when representing Thompson’s play up to now.

Key Matchup

J.R. Smith vs Victor Oladipo: Oladipo has been a revelation for Indy after being the supply of a lot derision from the NBA blogosphere as the primary haul for Paul George as a result of his hefty contract. Oladipo has averaged 24 factors per recreation this season on 49 p.c capturing from the sector, and different wings like Tim Hardaway Jr. have torched the Cavaliers this yr. Smith will draw the first task, and he’ll need to attempt to coax an inefficient recreation out of Oladipo. We’ll see if the Cavaliers assistance is up for it. They haven’t been up to now this season.

Worry the Sword’s Fearless Prediction

The Cavaliers haven’t actually proven a lot of a pulse this season. The group had an air-it-out assembly on Tuesday, however a few of their issues transcend what may be resolved in a brief assembly. The Pacers are younger and hungry, however they’re on the second half of a again to again. The Cavaliers want this win, they usually realize it, so that they squeak one out. Cavs 114, Pacers 111.

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