Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers - 4/15/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Cavaliers earned their 50 wins the hard way this season.

Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley's philosophy in the playoffs was: "You rotate eight players".

"You usually go nine", he said.

The trio dominated the Eastern Conference for the three seasons they were together.

With young, inexperienced players such as Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. on the roster, Lue is urging them to make their mark on the defensive side of the ball. And shockingly, it was the Pacers that didn't know which team they would be playing until the Cavaliers lost to the Knicks in the final game of the season, putting the Cavs in the fourth seed.

The Pacers, though, represent the best chance to snap the streak of consecutive first-round wins. And the Bulls never counted on their general to rebound or dish out assists as the Cavs lean on James.

IN has dropped three of their last five games, but they've really pushed themselves and had an opportunity to even finish ahead of Cleveland in the standings heading into the last few weeks of action. Rounding out with the Cavs winning 11 of their last 14 to end the regular season. Game 6 shifts back to IN on April 27.

LeBron has gone full supernova (Eastern Conference Player of the Month for March/April after averaging 29.6 PPG, 9.4 RPG and 9.5 APG in that stretch). I've enjoyed every year competing for a championship. I've spent years calling Casey a awful in-game coach and even worse offensive schemer, but this year he's proven everyone wrong, getting the Raps to one win short of 60 and turning out the most risky bench unit in the world... which obviously doesn't matter in the playoffs because the regular season doesn't matter.

Germany on verge of knocking out Spain from Davis Cup
Germany then took a 2-1 lead when Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff won the doubles rubber against Feliciano and Marc Lopez. Chardy, a surprise selection ahead of Adrian Mannarino, the world 25, suffered his first Davis Cup defeat in six matches.

The Pacers are 35-15-1 ATS in their last 51 Sunday games, 12-5 ATS in their last 17 vs.

The Pacers, who play like a team not a group of individuals who care more about a paycheck than winning games, will make this a series, unlike what George could do for IN a year ago.

Team LeBron forward LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers (23) is named MVP of the 2018 NBA All Star Game following the victory against Team Stephen at Staples Center.

James has faced the Pacers in the postseason four times during his career.

Cavaliers: Face Indiana in the first round for the second straight year.

To start things off, LeBron set career numbers for himself this season. Myles Turner is the third double-digit scorer and Darren Collinson is dishing 5.3 assists.

But then again, the bookmakers and virtually every pro basketball analyst said the Pacers would win 30 after trading disgruntled Paul George to OKC for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis last summer.

Cavaliers: Re-signed F Kendrick Perkins for the remainder of the season. Following Wednesday's practice, Coach Lue still refused to name his starting five for Sunday's Game 1.

  • Megan Austin