Who Wins Pacers vs. Cavs Game 7? No Clue, Just Take The Points

Doug Upstone

Saturday, April 28, 2018 4:28 PM UTC

Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 4:28 PM UTC

LeBron James and his teams have never lost a first round series in 12 tries. Right now it could go either way as Cleveland prepares for Game 7 at home against the Indiana Pacers.

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After six games in this Eastern Conference first round series, we do know a couple things. LeBron James is the best player in the series and has literally carried his team to this point. We also know Indiana is the better club despite the series being tied at 3-3, having outscored the Cavaliers by 44 points altogether. In addition, for those making NBA picks, backing the Pacers has been money since they are 4-1-1 ATS.

However, none of that matters now, the winner of Game 7 advances and the loser begins their summer vacation. The NBA odds have Cleveland as a six-point favorite and the total has dipped from 200 to around 198.5, depending on the sportsbook. ABC has this series finale at 1:05 Eastern on Sunday and here is what to look for.

The Stars Must Lead But They Will Need Help

The focal points of this deciding confrontation are James and Victor Oladipo. Each player needs a very big game to help their team and guide them through the rough spots of the contest when it becomes rocky. Unless either or both has a singular remarkable performance, chances are they will require assistance.

For the Cavaliers, that would mean Kevin Love, JR Smith, Rodney Hood and Kyle Korver have to make strong contributions. Love is having a hard time finding his shot and is averaging just 9.8 PPG in the series. Love has helped his team in other ways, yet it has not been enough. The other three players had moments of brilliance, but nothing one could hang a hat on. Given the total on the game, at least two of these players must score 15 or more points.

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— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) April 19, 2018
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For Indiana, Oladipo has to score, because the Pacers are relatively balanced behind him with nobody in particular seemingly is capable of a breakout game. If Oladipo has a strong game and everyone else at least does what they normally do, the difference-maker could be Domantas Sabonis. Cleveland has no answer for the 6'10 center, whose averaged 20 PPG in his last three games, in only 27 minutes per contest. From the floor, Sabonis is an incredible 26 for 35, 74.2%.

What to Expect for Outcome

After Game 6, James reverted back to his passive-aggressive behavior when everything is not right with the world. Like in the past, the King is saying I'm doing all I can, these others guys (my teammates) have to do their job for us to win. He then went on to say they are capable of greatness. LeBron being LeBron.

Indiana knows they are the better - team - but now they have to prove it. Their confidence is high and in the last two contests, they have solved their slow starts conundrum. If they play with the same level of confidence as they have the past two games, they can take Game 7.

Despite losing nine of 11 at Cleveland in recent years, the Pacers are 9-2 ATS. And the Cavaliers have not handled blowouts well, with a 1-10 ATS mark after a 20-plus defeat. The Pacers cover and you pick the SU winner.

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