Chris Duarte,Evan Mobley
Indiana Pacers' Chris Duarte (3) scores against Cleveland Cavaliers' Evan Mobley (4) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb 6, 2022, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers defeated the Pacers 98-85. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Cavs vs Pacers February 11

Kyle Barrette

The Raptors got off to a slow start but roared all the way back to a nine-point lead at the half, giving us an easy cover and another cash. Today we shift to an eastern conference matchup that highlights two teams heading in two different directions. Can the new-look Pacers compete with the same old Cavs? Let’s break down this matchup and find out.

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Cavs:
The Cavs stayed put at the deadline, as they really should have. Not many thought they would be playing this well at this point, so why mess up something good? The offense has been the only question, as they come in ranked 23rd with 106 points per game. This number might be a little deflated due to recent injuries, but it’s not too far off from their true number. The Cavs make up for their offensive woes on the defensive side. They are currently ranked number one in defensive points allowed with just 101 per game. Plus, the best thing they did was cut down on Rondo’s minutes. I’m sorry, but this guy was straight up ruining this team. Looking at the Cavs on the road, they have the eight best straight-up road record at 16-12, but as we learned with yesterday’s play, look for teams that improve in the game situation when you look at how they cover the spread, and that’s what we have here as they have the fifth best road ATS record at 16-10-2. 

Pacers:
They finally hit it. The recent button has been pushed in Indiana. There are a few players that will compete to be in the starting lineup that are hurt for the Pacers, but it won’t make too much of a difference for them. So they bring in Hield, who is having his worst shooting season of his career, and Haliburton, a promising rookie who is best known for his assist totals. looks to be on track to play tonight, but with a guy coming back from an injury and two new players in their first game with a new team, neither of which is a game changer, I don’t see where the offense is going to come from for the Pacers. Before these trades, the Pacers were unable to do anything with a better offensive lineup, and they were unable to do anything with a better defensive lineup. They only managed 85 points against this suffocating Cavs defense.

The Cavaliers vs. Pacers the Pick: Cavaliers 1H-3.5
These first halves have been good to us, and I think the Pacers are going to be frustrated early and often in this one. This defense is not the one you try and work on things with. Hield and Haliburton are going to need time to get up to speed, and the offense will be sluggish because of it. Take the Cavs (1H-3.5).

Same Game Parlay: Jarrett Allen First Basket, Evan Mobley Over 15.5 Points, Cavaliers to win by 1-10 Pts and Cavs 1st Half ML.

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