Take Road Faves Cavaliers With Your NBA Picks To Win & Cover vs. Pacers

Monday, February 1, 2016 7:12 PM UTC

Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 7:12 PM UTC

The Cavaliers look to extend their winning form to five in a row when they take on divisional foes Indiana Pacers tonight. Here’s our analysis complete with NBA picks for this matchup.

<p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":2883181, "sportsbooksIds":[169,1096,93,19,92,238], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]<br /> <strong>Free NBA Pick: </strong>Cavaliers -4.5<br /> <strong>Best Line Offered: </strong><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=809&amp;book=inarticle5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Start Playing at 5Dimes Today">at 5Dimes</a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Cleveland Cavaliers (34-12)</strong><br /> LeBron James and the Cavaliers <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/nba-betting-cavs-clear-favorite-the-east-dark-horses-loom/69030/" target="_blank" title="Check Out Why Cavs Are A Big Fav In The East">are riding high in the Eastern Conference</a> behind a 34-12 mark, which includes an impressive 19-3 mark at home and a solid 15-9 mark on the road. They are two games ahead of in-form Toronto, who are riding a remarkable 11-game winning streak, and looking to stay abreast of the fast-advancing Raptors in the standings. As such, the premium on the win couldn’t be any greater for our <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" target="_blank" title="See More Free NBA Picks Here">NBA picks</a>.</p> <p>Odds makers opened the divisional <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/cleveland-cavaliers-vs-indiana-pacers-2883181/" target="_blank" title="Review Live Odds for This Matchup Here">clash between the Cavaliers and Pacers</a> on a 4.5-point spread, a mark that doesn’t appear to have budged much since open doors in the market. From 5Dimes, to <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=807&amp;book=inarticlepinnacle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Play &amp; Win at Pinnacle">Pinnacle</a>, <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=3876&amp;book=Heritage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Discover a Great Sportsbook &amp; Start Betting Right Away">Heritage</a>, <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=3901&amp;book=BetCRIS" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Which will be your first bet today? Start Now With BetCRIS">BetCRIS</a> and others, the Cavaliers are matched as the road favorites, with only the juice varying <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/" target="_blank" title="Choose the Best Sportsbook for You with Our Full Rating Guide">from sportsbook to sportsbook</a>, going from a low of -102 to a high of -105.</p> <p>The Cavaliers enter Monday’s round of NBA betting riding a four-game winning streak, which includes wins over Minnesota, Phoenix, Detroit and San Antonio and is underscored by a 12.75-point winning margin on average.</p> <p>On the road, they’ve won three straight games – Detroit, Brooklyn and Houston. Their last road loss was at San Antonio on January 14, when they lost 99-95 as the 6-point road underdogs.</p> <p>In their last ten games, the Cavaliers are 7-3 SU and ATS, which includes a run of three straight games ahead of Monday’s clash in which they managed to both win and cover.</p> <p>Cavaliers are first in the Central division and their 34-12 mark includes 5.9-point winning margin on average and a negative 0.4-point differential versus the spread. Speaking of covering the spread, the Cavaliers are just 22-23-1 versus the spread so far overall. As away favorites on the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" target="_blank" title="See Live NBA Odds Here">NBA odds boards</a>, they are 7-11-1 ATS with a 5.7-point winning margin on average and a negative 0.9-point differential versus the spread.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Indiana Pacers (25-22)</strong><br /> The Indiana Pacers are riding a two-game winning streak into Monday’s highly anticipated clash with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a run of form that has the Pacers improving to 4-6 SU in their last ten games. Clearly, form has been a cause for concern in recent weeks and wins over Atlanta and Denver in their last two games are positive but not nearly enough to signal a turnaround. A win over Cleveland tonight though might go some way towards improving the general outlook.</p> <p>Earlier in the season, the Pacers lost to the Cavaliers on the road 101-97, a hotly contested game that saw them give the hosts a run for their money as the 8-point underdogs. In their second meeting this season, the Pacers are once again at the disadvantage, but only nominally so as the 4.5-point home underdogs.</p> <p>Going into Monday’s clash, the Pacers are coming off back-to-back wins over Atlanta Hawks 111-92 and the Denver Nuggets 109-105. They covered the former as the 3-point faves but failed to cover the latter as the 9-point faves. Overall, the Pacers are 24-23-0 ATS with a 2.7-point winning margin and a plus 1.5-point differential versus the spread. At home, they are 12-10 ATS and as home underdogs they are 7-7 ATS, the latter of which includes a 3.5-point losing margin and a plus 1.4-point differential versus the spread.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>NBA Betting Verdict</strong><br /> As divisional rivalries go, this is sure to be a hotly contested game between familiar foes. There’s no doubt the Cavaliers deserve to be the road faves in this game over the hosts: the contrasting form of both sides underscores that NBA betting outlook in no uncertain terms. As such, we’re shading the road faves on our <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/nba-picks-the-day-best-monday-s-winning-hoop-selections/69189/" target="_blank" title="Don't Miss Our NBA Picks Of The Day">NBA picks for the day</a> to both win and cover.</p>
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