Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: 12/31/2020 NBA Betting Preview, Computer Picks, Odds and Trends

Written by on December 31, 2020

Central Division foes meet when the Indiana Pacers (3-1) host the Cleveland Cavaliers (3-1) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, tipping off at 3:00 PM ET on Thursday, December 31, 2020. The Pacers are 7-point favorites in the game, the first matchup between the teams this season. The point total in the matchup is set at 217.5.

Betting Information

Pacers vs Cavaliers Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Pacers -7 -110 -110 217.5 -110 -110
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Head to Head

After the last 10 head-to-head matchups, Indiana has a 6-4 record against Cleveland. The Cavaliers have a 2-0-1 record against the spread when taking on the Pacers.

Pacers vs Cavaliers in 2020-21
Date Favorite Home Team Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
2/29/2020 Pacers Cavaliers -9.5 215.5 -439 343 Regular Season 113-104 IND
11/1/2019 Pacers Pacers -7 215 -287 234 Regular Season 102-95 IND
10/26/2019 Pacers Cavaliers -4.5 213.5 -187 157 Regular Season 110-99 CLE
2/9/2019 Pacers Regular Season 105-90 IND
1/8/2019 Cavaliers Regular Season 123-115 IND
12/18/2018 Pacers Regular Season 92-91 CLE
10/27/2018 Cavaliers Regular Season 119-107 IND
4/29/2018 Cavaliers Playoffs 105-101 CLE
4/27/2018 Pacers Playoffs 121-87 IND
4/25/2018 Cavaliers Playoffs 98-95 CLE
  • 2/29/2020 DNP – Pacers: Jeremy Lamb
  • 11/1/2019 DNP – Pacers: Victor Oladipo
  • 10/26/2019 DNP – Pacers: Victor Oladipo, Jeremy Lamb
  • Pacers Betting Information

    • Indiana was good against the spread last season, posting a 38-36-3 record.
    • The Pacers covered half the time, going 6-6-2 against the spread when favored by at least 7 points.
    • In 39 of 77 (50.6%) contests last season, Indiana and its opponents hit the total.
    Bet on the Indiana Pacers to win the NBA Championship.

    Cavaliers Betting Information

    • Cleveland covered the spread in less than half of its games, going 30-33-2 ATS.
    • Cleveland and its opponents hit the over in more than half of their matchups last season — 36 of 65 (55.4%).
    Bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the NBA Championship.

    Over/Under Analysis

    • The Pacers and their opponents scored no less than 217.5 points — this matchup’s point total — in 36 of 77 games (46.8%) last year.
    • Cleveland and its opponents added up to score more than 217.5 points in 63.1% of their matchups last year (41 of 65 opportunities).
    • The Pacers and the Cavaliers combined to average 1.6 less points per game last year than the over/under of 217.5 set for this matchup.
    • The Pacers and the Cavaliers saw their opponents average a combined 5.0 more points per game last season than the over/under of 217.5 set for this matchup.
    • The average total the Pacers had set in matchups last year was 0.8 less points than this outing’s point total.
    • Cavaliers games last year averaged a total of 221.7 points, 4.2 more than the point total in this matchup.
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    Pacers Leaders

    • TJ Warren put up 19.8 points per game last season.
    • Domantas Sabonis collected 12.4 rebounds per game and Malcolm Brogdon dished out 7.1 assists per contest.
    • Doug McDermott knocked down 1.9 threes per game a season ago.
    • Justin Holiday grabbed 1.2 per game. Myles Turner averaged 2.1 blocks an outing.

    Cavaliers Leaders

    • Collin Sexton racked up 20.8 points per game last season.
    • Andre Drummond collected 15.8 rebounds a game and Darius Garland dished out 3.9 assists per contest.
    • Kevin Love was prolific from the three-point line a season ago, hitting 2.6 per game.
    • Drummond averaged 2.0 steals and 1.7 blocks per game.
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