Pacers Look to Stun Online Betting NBA Lines in Game 2Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
We’ve just scratched the surface of this year’s online betting NBA playoffs and so far the results have been far from shocking. Monday’s round of basketball betting action will pit the teams that kicked off this year’s postseason action against each other in Game 2 of this year’s opening series. Since the Spurs swiftly dealt Memphis a loss in their first game, sportsbook players might be more interested in wagering on the matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Indiana Pacers.
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In the first game of the series, the Cavaliers were able to triumph over the Pacers, but by such a slim margin that it was indeed a surprise. In the end the scoreboard read 109-108 in favor of Cleveland, but Indiana got a taste of what it would be like to upend the reigning champs in the first round. Had CJ Miller made a 14-foot buzzer beater, the Pacers would be up one game to zero. Nevertheless, the Pacers will look to successfully turn in an upset this Monday night.
Game 2 – Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers – Monday, April 17th
When: 7:00 pm ET
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Series: Cleveland leads 1-0
Online Betting NBA Line:
Cleveland Cavaliers -7½ (-110) 209½ (-110) -345
Indiana Pacers +7½ (-110) 209½ (-110) +285
The Cavaliers were unable to improve on last year’s record, but they still turned in a highly successful 51-31 record that paved the way for a first place finish in the Eastern Conference. It’s no surprise to see the Cavaliers enter Game 2 as the online betting NBA favorites, despite the fact that the Pacers got so close to upsetting Cleveland in the first game.
In Game 1, James was able to lead his team to a victory behind a 32-point, 13 assist, and 6 rebound performance. James got some help from Kylie Irving, who delivered 23 points, 6 assists, and 3 rebounds. Tristan Thompson also made his presence on the court felt, as he was able to lead Cleveland in rebounds with 13. Kevin Love was third in points for the Cavs, and his 17 point, 4 rebound, 2 block, performance was crucial to Cleveland’s victory.
Like the Cavs, the Pacers posted a slightly worse record in 2016; but42-20 was still good enough to get Indiana a spot in the postseason. The Pacers finished 3rd in the division and 7th in the conference, and will be looking to prove that their performance in Game 1 was anything but a fluke.
Paul George led the Pacers in points in Game 1 with his 29 point, 5 rebound, 7 assist performance. Jeff Teague also lit up the scoreboard for the Pacers, as he was good for 15 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists.