NBA Playoffs: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers Preview And Prediction

NBA Playoffs: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers Preview And Prediction

But judging by what the best offshore sportsbook betting odds are predicting, it's looking like IN will have a tough time sizing up against Cleveland IN the playoffs.

Nothing has been typical about this season for the Cavs.

Cleveland had won 14 straight first-round games, last losing on April 22, 2010, the last season of James' first stint with the Cavs. We'll look at IN going up against Cleveland IN this piece IN a matchup which ended 3-1 IN favor of the Pacers IN the regular season. "So our guys have to understand that we're going to see the best (team) at their best".

Game 1 of the series will be Sunday in Cleveland at 3:30pm EST. He's the one who will post up a 30-point triple double and sweep you in the first two rounds kind of guy.

"That's what we thrive on doing here", Lue said. "I'm not sure if he's 100 percent yet, but he's getting better and that's all you can ask for".

Furthermore, the Cavalier bench is filled with players such as Rodney Hood and Jordan Clarkson.

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Thompson was excused from Thursday's practice because of the birth of his daughter. It was simply a continuation of what Oladipo had done in the regular season - that is, grow into a true star and the leader of a playoff team. But Lue has depth and intends to use it. You're playing with lineups sometimes you haven't played with or had a lot of minutes with.

"You usually go nine", he said. Turner remains very passive in too many games, and while Young, starting point guard Darren Collison and the streaky-but-occasionally-indispensable-looking Bojan Bogdanovic at small forward all play well within their roles, they do not have step-up potential. The Cavs will likely have to win two series without having the luxury of home-court advantage, and they are only slight betting favorites to reach the finals. "I think we'll win by 15 plus", said another fan. Of the Pacers top 10 contributors in minutes per game, only Cory Joseph and Lance Stephenson have played all 82 games.

Coach Nate McMillian won't get much love for coach of the year, but he has quietly done maybe the best coaching job of his career.

It's well known that James has a different gear when it comes to playoff basketball, and, even in his 15 season, he has shown no signs this year will be any different.

That can't happen this time. "If we could bottle that third quarter up and part of the fourth, the way we played, with intensity, diving on the floor, we'll be good". "He's approached it the same way every single year I've been here. So, I'm happy to be on the other side".