Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers February 5 Betting Preview

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers February 5 Betting Preview

Ryan Knuppel
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Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Darius Garland looks on during game

Cleveland, fifth in the Eastern Conference, beat the Memphis Grizzlies 128-113 on Thursday. They last won consecutive games on January 4, beating the Phoenix Suns 90-88. 

Indiana put an end to a four-game losing streak on Friday with a 107-104 win over the Sacramento Kings. They're 2-8 in their last ten games and sit in 10th in the East. 

Cavaliers Betting Preview

Cleveland cruised to a win over the suddenly struggling Grizzlies on Thursday. The game featured a bench-clearing altercation on the court after Dillon Brooks hit Donovan Mitchell with an errant shot to the groin as he was falling. 

Brooks was suspended for one game. Mitchell was ejected from the game and scored just six points in 22 minutes. Darius Garland led the Cavs in scoring with 32 points.

The Cavs are 10-16 on the road this season and have lost six of their last eight games away from home court. They have the league's best defensive rating (111.3) but score only 111.6 points per game, 26th in the league in that category. 

Caris LeVert is the only question mark for the Cavs. He's day-to-day with a hamstring injury. The former Pacer has been a great addition to the Cavs, averaging 12.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game. 

Pacers Betting Preview

Indiana has struggled in the New Year, but they've had a fairly tough schedule with losses to the Milwaukee Bucks, Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets, and Philadelphia 76ers. They gave a 12-point lead going into the fourth quarter in a 112-111 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday before ending their four-game losing streak against the Kings.

Tyrese Haliburton named an All-Star for the first time in his career recently, has been the Pacers MVP this season. He leads the team in PPG (20.1), assists (10.2), and shoots 39.2 percent from three-point range. He had just 10 points on 4-12 shooting against the Kings.

Indiana's offense ranks 12th in PPG (114.9) in large part to their three-point volume. They're making 13.9 threes per game, almost three more than the Cavs. Buddy Hield is averaging 17.4 PPG and is a team-leading 42.8 percent from three. 

Cavaliers vs. Pacers Betting Odds and Prediction

Cleveland is a -195 money line favorite tonight, while the Pacers are paying out +170. The Cavs are also 5-point favorites on the spread. The over/under is 225.5, with the over and under paying out -107 ad -113, respectively. 

Given the Cavs' inability to put together a winning streak of any kind in the past month and the Pacers being given five points, the smart money here is on Indiana. They're 17-11 at home this season and 18-10 ATS at home.

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