The Indiana Pacers will play the Cleveland Cavaliers in one of the NBA Playoffs First Round games on Saturday, star time at 3:00 PM ET, at Quickent Loans Arena.
The Indiana Pacers (42-40) are riding in a five-game winning streak just to secure a playoff spot in their final game. The Pacers defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 104-86, to enter into the postseason in a showdown against the Cavaliers. Paul George scored 32 points in 12-for-21 shooting from te field against the deense of the Hawks.
On the season, the Pacers are averaging 105.1 points, 42.0 rebounds and 22.5 assists per game. Defensively, the Pacers are yielding 105.3 points per game against the opposing teams.
Five players are averaging at least 10.7 points per game for the Pacers, they are: George (23.7), Jeff Teague (15.3), Myles Turner (14.5), Thaddeus Young (11.0) and CJ Miles (10.7). Turner leads in rebounds with 7.3 and in blocks with 2.1 per game. George leads in points with 23.7 and in steals with 1.6 per game. Teague leads in assists with 7.8 per game.
The Cavaliers (51-31) have failed to secure the top spot as they rested some of their players in the final two games. The Cavaliers are in a four-game losing streaks. It would be interesting to find out how the Cavs will play after failing to make the difference in the last four games of the regular season.
On the season, the Cavaliers are averaging 110.3 points, 43.8 rebounds and 22.7 assists per game. Defensively, the Cavaliers are yielding 107.2 points per game against the opponents.
Four players are averaging at least 10.7 points per game, they are: LeBron James (26.4), Kyrie Irving (25.2), Kevin Love (19.0) and Kyle Korver (10.7). James leads in three major statistical categories: points (26.4), assists (8.7) and steals (1.2). Love leads in rebounds with 11.1 while Tristan Thompson tops in blocks with 1.1 per game.
The Cavs vs Pacers game will revolve on the match up between George and James, the two stars each playing against each other. Surely, the Pacers have the momentum but the Cavaliers are healthy enough to play at the highest level.
Pacers vs Cavaliers game schedule 2017 NBA Playoffs:
Date: April 15, 2017
Start Time: 3:00 PM ET
TV Channel schedule: ABC
Odds and Point Spread: -8.5 Cavs, 212.5 O/U