Cleveland Cavaliers vs Indiana Pacers Prediction, 3/8/2022 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: Bally Sports Indiana
The Cleveland Cavaliers (37-27) are on their way to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday where they will try to beat the Indiana Pacers (22-44).
The Cavaliers played the Raptors and went home with a win by a final score of 104-96 in their last game. Cleveland ended having earned a 45.9% FG percentage (39 of 85) and buried 11 out of their 36 three-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Cavaliers made 15 of their 23 tries for a rate of 65.2%. When talking about pulling down rebounds, they earned 58 with 15 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 24 dimes for the contest while forcing 3 turnovers and having 5 steals. In the matter of defending, Cleveland allowed the other team to go 39.4% from the field on 37 of 94 shooting. Toronto distributed 45 assists and had 17 steals in this matchup. In addition, Toronto pulled down 31 boards (14 offensive, 17 defensive) and added 7 rejections. Toronto went 61.5% from the free throw line by making 16 of their 26 attempts. They also knocked down 6 out of their 24 tries from beyond the perimeter. In regard to fouls, the Cavaliers ended up finishing with 22 while the Raptors recorded 7 fouls.
Evan Mobley is one player who was a contributor for this contest. He left the arena with 20 points on 9 of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36 minutes played and snagged 17 boards. Mobley finished the contest at 60.0% from the field and totaled 4 dimes.
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Cleveland will take the court with a win-loss mark of 37-27 this year. They are averaging 106.6 points per outing (26th in the NBA) while connecting on 46.7% from the floor. The Cavaliers are connecting on 35.2% on shots beyond the perimeter (746 of 2,120) and 75.6% from the charity stripe. As a team, Cleveland is pulling in 44.8 boards per game and has totaled 1,611 assists this season, which is 10th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 14.9 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 17.1 fouls every game.
Defensively, the Cavaliers are forcing 13.7 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.7 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 7th in the NBA in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,485 relinquished on the season. The Cavaliers are giving up a shooting percentage of 44.4% (2,479 of 5,579) and they surrender 43.0 rebounds per game as a team. They are surrendering 34.5% on 3-point attempts and they rank 1st in the NBA in opponents points per game (103.2).
When they last played, the Pacers took a loss by a final score of 133-123 against the Wizards. The Pacers recorded 35 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards totaling 42 for this game. They gave up possession 10 times, while earning 3 steals for the game. The Wizards were called for 5 fouls in this matchup which got the Pacers to the charity stripe for a total of 29 tries. They were able to make 25 of the free throw tries for a rate of 86.2%. With regard to shooting from 3-point land, Indiana made 10 of 31 attempts (32.3%). When this game wrapped up, the Pacers shot 44 out of 85 from the floor which had them sitting at 51.8%. The Pacers allowed the Wizards to make 45 out of 86 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 52.3% in this contest. They finished the game shooting 40.5% from distance by going 17 out of 42 and ended up going 26 of 32 from the free throw line (81.3%). Concerning cleaning the glass, Indiana allowed Washington to grab 31 overall (5 on the offensive side).
Malcolm Brogdon ended up being a major contributor for the Pacers in the matchup. Brogdon tallied 27 points in his 35 minutes on the court and accumulated 4 assists in the game. He buried 8 of 17 in this game for a field goal rate of 47.1%, and accounted for 4 rebounds.
Indiana has a mark of 22-44 this year. When it comes to offensive execution, the Pacers are hitting on 45.9% from the field, which ranks them 16th in basketball. Indiana has earned 7,265 pts for the campaign (110.1 per contest) and they grab 44.9 rebounds per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 24.6 times per contest (12th in the NBA) and they turn it over 14.4 times per game. The Pacers are committing 20.3 fouls every game and they go 75.9% from the charity stripe.
The Indiana defense concedes 36.2% from downtown (759 of 2,097) and their opponents are connecting on 79.3% of their free throw shots. They give up 23.8 dimes and 43.3 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 12th and 8th in basketball. The Pacers defensively are ranked 24th in basketball in PPG given up with 112.6. They are forcing 13.0 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 47.2% from the field (26th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Indiana
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