Post-LeBron Cavs Winless & Will Stay So After Saturday vs. Pacers

Friday, October 26, 2018 2:31 PM UTC

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 2:31 PM UTC

Quite a bit has changed for the Cavaliers since the last time they faced the Indiana Pacers. The teams square off Saturday night in Cleveland.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" rel="nofollow">Indiana (3-2 SU, 3-2 ATS) at Cleveland (0-5, 3-2 ATS)</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NBA Pick: Pacers ATS</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow">BetOnline</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3569528, "sportsbooksIds":[1096,93,999991,169,139], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>One could say that the Cleveland Cavaliers miss LeBron James just a little as the Cavs are winless entering <a href="" rel="nofollow">Saturday’s home matchup against Indiana.</a> Cleveland is clearly the worst team in the NBA right now – but at least that might lead to landing the No. 1 overall pick and getting another LeBron (well, no) or at least a Kyrie Irving-level star in June 2019.</p><p>The Cavs and Pacers squared off in Round 1 of last year’s Eastern Conference playoffs, and Indiana took 2-1 series lead by rallying from 17 down in Game 3 in Indianapolis. Was LeBron actually going to lose a first-round series? Nope. In Game 7, LeBron scored 45 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in 43 minutes to lead Cleveland to a 105-101 victory. The Pacers franchise dropped to 3-6 in Game 7s, with all of the losses coming on the road. James is an amazing 13-0 in the first round of the playoffs in his career; that streak may end next spring if LeBron’s Lakers even make it. One Pacer from that team, Lance Stephenson, is now LeBron’s teammate in L.A.</p><p>Indiana did take three of the four regular-season meetings against Cleveland last season, for what that’s worth. Victor Oladipo averaged 25.0 points and James 28.8 ppg. The Pacers have lost seven of their last eight regular-season games in Cleveland. Again, though, LeBron had a little something to do with that.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;VIC taking flight 🚀 &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;October 25, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>Oladipo Clearly No Fluke</h2><p>Indiana has alternated wins and losses in the early going and is off an impressive 116-96 win in San Antonio on Wednesday; the Spurs aren’t what they used to be, but a 20-point victory there is still impressive. It was the Pacers' largest win in San Antonio since 1995.</p><p>The All-Star Oladipo had 21 points, nine assists and five rebounds. He’s already showing his 2017-18 breakout season was no fluke, averaging 21.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists. Domantas Sabonis also is showing last year was no fluke, either, as he’s putting up 12.5 points and 11.3 rebounds in just 22.3 minutes per game. He was plus-23 in 21 minutes vs. San Antonio. Wow, was that Paul George trade to Oklahoma City a steal for Indiana. The Pacers are a good team with six guys averaging at least 10 points and they can go 10 deep. They rank third in the league in points allowed.</p><p>Cleveland is the East’s only winless team and has the worst point differential in the NBA at minus-13.0. So, yeah, the Cavs miss LeBron. They lost in Detroit on Thursday 110-103, which was their closest defeat of the year. When Kyle Korver leads your team in scoring (he had 21), you have problems.</p><p>The Cavs played without their best and probably only recognizable player in Kevin Love. He was dealing with left foot soreness that also caused him to miss three preseason games. Consider him questionable for Saturday. Love is averaging 19.0 points and 13.5 rebounds but is shooting just 32.3 percent from the field. Channing Frye started in his place and had five points in 21 minutes.</p><ul> <li>Pacers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Central.</li> <li>Cavaliers are 18-39-1 ATS in their last 58 home games.</li></ul><p>Certainly, this spread could shift depending on Love, but if he plays he obviously won’t be 100 percent. I doubt the Cavs even push it. Take Indiana for a <a href="" rel="nofollow">Saturday NBA pick. </a>The Pacers have covered their past four in The Land.</p>
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