Game Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Indiana Pacers

Cleveland Cavaliers (19-37, 9-18 away) @ Indiana Pacers (36-22, 19-8 home)

Cleveland

* 93.75 points per game (22nd in the NBA) vs. 99.73 points allowed per game (24th)

* 42.3% FG (29th) vs. 46.5% FG allowed (26th)

* 42.69 rpg (10th) vs. 42.60 rebounds allowed (20th)

* 20.40 apg (19th) vs. 15.29 TO pg (24th)

Indiana

* 96.68 ppg (17th) vs. 94.02 points allowed (9th)

* 44.0% FG (22nd) vs. 43.5% FG allowed (8th)

* 42.23 rppg (8th) vs. 41.93 rebounds allowed (15th)

* 18.25 apg (30th) vs. 14.30 TO pg (13th)

Position-by-position Matchups

PG-George Hill vs. Donald Sloan

SG-Paul George vs. Anthony Parker

SF-Danny Granger vs. Alonzo Gee

PF-David West vs. Antawn Jamison

C-Roy Hibbert vs. Tristan Thompson

Key Reserves

Cleveland-Lester Hudson, Omri Casspi, Luke Walton, Semih Erden

Indiana-Tyler Hansbrough, Dahntay Jones, Leandro Barbosa, Lou Amundson

Injuries of note

Cleveland-Kyrie Irving (shoulder, out), Anderson Varejao (wrist, out)

Indiana-Darren Collison (groin, questionable)

Breakdown:

What an interesting series this one has been.  It’s been one of those match ups you weren’t sure what you would get with each game.  The Pacers two wins have come in overtime sessions against the Cavs, while the Cavs win has come by way of a dominating performance when the Pacers were in the middle of a rough patch of games.  Is there any reason to believe tonight’s game could be any different?

If the Pacers put together a game that they are passing the ball, controlling the boards, and playing smash mouth basketball, like we know they can, then this Pacers team should be able to put away this pesky Cavs team early on, and be able to get a win on its home floor.

But if they allow the Cavs to stick around this game, then maybe the Cavs pick up the upset in Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.  This is a Cavs team that will be missing key parts, so my hope is the Pacers know what they have to do and they do it right away.

Prediction:  Indiana Pacers 97  Cleveland Cavaliers 92

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