Indiana Pacers vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 3/3/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Indiana Pacers vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana (-6.5)
The Cleveland Cavaliers (14-21) host the Indiana Pacers (15-18) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Wednesday. Cleveland opens this contest as 6.5-point underdogs. The O/U is set at 215.5.
The Indiana Pacers played the Philadelphia 76ers and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 130-114 in their last contest. Indiana ended the game having earned a 48.4% FG percentage (44 of 91) and knocked down 8 of their 29 shots from downtown. From the charity stripe, the Pacers made 18 of 21 attempts for a rate of 85.7%. In regard to hauling in boards, they earned a total of 34 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 27 assists in this game in addition to creating 19 turnovers and having 8 steals. In terms of the defense, Indiana allowed the other team to shoot 56.8% from the field on 50 out of 88 shooting. Philadelphia distributed 27 assists and had 10 steals for the contest. Additionally, Philadelphia pulled down 39 rebounds (6 offensive, 33 defensive) and had 6 rejections. Philadelphia walked away from this one shooting 93.8% at the free throw line by making 15 of their 16 tries. They buried 15 of 35 shots from beyond the arc.
Malcolm Brogdon is a guy who was a major factor in this game. He ended up walking away with 20 points on 9 out of 17 shooting. He played for 29:05 mins played and totaled 4 boards. Brogdon finished the game shooting 52.9% from the floor and also dished out 4 dimes. An additional guy that was a factor in this game for the Pacers was Domantas Sabonis. He collected 9 rebounds in 33:55 minutes on the hardwood. He ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor in this matchup by going 6-of-12 (15 points). When the final whistle was blown, Sabonis totaled 7 assists.
Indiana enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 15-18 for the year. The Pacers are connecting on 36.4% on shots from distance (402 of 1,105) and 78.6% from the free throw line. They have an average of 113.0 points per game (15th in the league) while connecting on 47.1% from the field. They turn it over 13.8 times per game and as a squad are committing 20.5 fouls every game. As a unit, Indiana is pulling in 42.2 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 877 dimes on the campaign, which is 10th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. On defense, the Pacers are forcing 15.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.0 fouls. The Pacers are allowing a shooting percentage of 46.5% (500 of 628) and they surrender 44.8 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They rank 17th in basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 849 relinquished for the campaign. They relinquish 37.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 19th in basketball in PPG allowed (112.6).
When they last played, the Cleveland Cavaliers got the victory with a final of 101-90 when they faced the Houston Rockets. The Cavaliers were able to snag 42 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 48 for the game. They also coughed up the ball 19 times, while getting 7 steals for the matchup. The Rockets committed 18 fouls in the game which took the Cavaliers to the free throw line for a total of 24 attempts. They were able to make 19 of them for a rate of 79.2%. When discussing 3-point attempts, Cleveland buried 10 out of 30 tries (33.3%). Overall, the Cavaliers ended up shooting 36 for 73 from the field which had them shooting 49.3%. The Cavaliers permitted the Rockets to convert 31 out of 76 tries from the floor which had them sitting at 40.8% in this contest. They shot 32.3% from three-point range by going 10 of 31 and walked away from this one shooting 18 of 24 from the free throw line (75.0%). With respect to attacking the glass, Cleveland permitted Houston to snag 30 in total (4 on the offensive side).
Collin Sexton pitched in for the Cavaliers for this game. He converted 12 out of 20 in the matchup for a rate of 60.0%, and had 3 rebounds. Sexton earned 39 points in his 41:39 mins on the court and had 8 dimes in this game. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Cleveland was Darius Garland. He left the arena with 7 assists in his 29:41 minutes on the court, and he knocked down 5 out of 13 from the floor. Garland wrapped this one up going 38.5% from the field and also collecting 14 points and 3 boards.
Cleveland has a record of 14-21 on the season. Cleveland has accounted for 3,654 points for the campaign (104.4 per contest) and they pull in 43.8 rebounds per contest. The Cavaliers have committed 19.3 personal fouls per game and they go 72.1% from the free throw line. In terms of offensive execution, the Cavaliers are connecting on 45.3% from the floor, which has them ranked 23rd in the league. They are earning an assist 23.4 times per game (24th in the league) and they are turning it over 15.9 times per game. The Cavaliers on the defensive side of the court are 13th in basketball in points given up per game with 112.0. They have forced 15.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 47.9% from the floor (29th in the league). The Cleveland defense surrenders 40.0% on shots from distance (459 of 1,148) and opponents are making 76.5% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 24.4 assists and 43.0 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 13th and 11th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Cleveland (+6.5)
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