Despite the best efforts from Paul George, who started basically ripping into his teammates after Game 2, the Pacers find themselves down 0-2 as they head back home to welcome the Cavaliers tonight. Can we expect the Pacers to come out strong here, or should we see a Cavaliers steamrolling coming?
Usually, role players tend to play better at home. It’s one of the reasons a home court or home field advantage exists in sports. In basketball, you not only get to sleep in your own bed before a game, but the rims are more friendly and familiar, so shots tend to fall a bit more.
However, with the Pacers that has always kind of been a mystery on who will show up at any given time. Indiana has a lot of depth at the two guard positions, but Jeff Teague has been awful, Monta Ellis is too old to take over a game with his scoring and none of the other guys have proven their ability to make shots off the bench in this series.
Even with the first two games close, I see the total once again being the better wager in this one, especially now that the Pacers are back at home.
The Sharp Pick
The Pacers averaged 107 points per game at home this season and if they want a chance to get back into this series, tonight is a must-win game. With how well their offense (George) has played in this series, combined with the home cooking, I see a higher scoring game tonight.
Both teams picked up their pace in Game 2 and now at home, I expect the Pacers to do the same. This season when playing at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Pacers played at a pace of more than 98 possessions per game and in the first half, it was 99.
The Cavs should be happy to play along with a faster-paced game and if they are knocking down three points tonight in the Bank. For your NBA picks, look for another over to cash.