Cleveland at Indiana Game #3 NBA Playoffs Spread & Preview

Posted by Peter Boysen on April 19, 2017 in

The Cleveland Cavaliers head to Indiana to take on the Pacers in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal. The Cavaliers have won both of the first two games, including a 117-111 win in Game 2 on Monday night in which the Cavaliers held off a mighty comeback by the Pacers in the fourth period. Can the Pacers beat the Cavs in the NBA odds and stay alive in the series?

Cleveland at Indiana Game #3 NBA Playoffs Spread & Preview

When: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 8:00pm ET
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
TV: FSOH / TNT
Radio: Cleveland / Indiana
Stream Option: NBA.tv
NBA Odds: Cleveland Cavaliers at -2.5

Why should you bet on the Cavaliers?

In both of the first two games, Cleveland has roared out to a big lead and then seen the Pacers mount a comeback. In Game 1, the Pacers only lost by a point, but in Game 2, the Cavaliers showed slightly more resolve in the fourth period. Even so, the Pacers trimmed an 18-point deficit to just four in the last minute. The offense was stellar for Cleveland: LeBron James had 25 points, 10 boards and seven assists; Kyrie Irving led the way with 37, and Kevin Love had 27 more. That offensive balance is what makes Cleveland so dangerous — and it is what has allowed them to win despite defensive letdowns in the first two games. If you like Cleveland in Game 3, you think they can follow a similar formula to another win.

Why should you put your money on the Pacers?

The Pacers are giving the Cavaliers a much harder time than most seven-seeds provide. Paul George put up 32 points, and Jeff Teague added 23, although he had to leave with a wrist injury during the second half. However, if the Pacers had not come unraveled during a part of the third period, when the Cavaliers outscored them 33-20, they would have been in much better position entering the final quarter. If they can avoid that sort of meltdown in Game 3, they can bring the series to 2-1.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

I don’t think Indiana can win this series, but I think they will make Game 3 more interesting. I predict a 108-106 Indiana win — in comeback fashion.