GameDay Preview: Cavs vs. Pacers

Game Summary

The Wine and Gold will play their final game at The Q this preseason when they take on the Indiana Pacers tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The Cavs are coming off a 96-84 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night. With a 3-1 record this preseason, Cleveland has matched their win total from last preseason with four games remaining.

In Thursday night’s win, the Cavs held the Pistons to .387 (29-75) shooting from the field, which marks their second game holding an opponent to less than .400 shooting this preseason. In the second half of that contest, the Cavs outscored the Pistons 50-35, while allowing a .286 (10-35) mark from the field.

Indiana comes into tonight's contest winless in the preseason with an 0-5 record. The Pacers have had a rigorous preseason schedule, between a pair of games in Asia and now in the midst of four consecutive road games, including tonight's matchup on the heels of a back-to-back.

Last night in Chicago, the Pacers fell to the Bulls, 103-98, despite 22 points from Paul George and 18 points by Roy Hibbert.

Probable Starters/Injury Report* presented by Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland ClinicCavaliers: PG - Kyrie Irving, SG - Sergey Karasev, SF - Earl Clark
PF - Tristan Thompson, C - Anderson Varejao

Pacers: PG - George Hill, SG - Lance Stephenson, SF - Paul George
PF - David West, C - Roy Hibbert

Injuries: (Cavs) - Tyler Zeller, (Left Hip Flexor Strain/Appendectomy, Out), Andrew Bynum, (Right Knee Surgery, Out), Jarrett Jack, (Left Knee Chondromalacia, Out), Carrick Felix, (Mild Sports Hernia, Out), Dion Waiters, (Right Hip Contusion, Questionable), C.J. Miles, (Sore Left Leg, Doubtful)

(Pacers) - Danny Granger, (Strained Left Calf, Day-to-Day), Paul George, (Bronchitis, Day-to-Day)

*Subject to change

Head-to-Head Matchup

Cleveland is 82-87 all-time against Indiana including a 52-34 record while playing playing in their own arena.

In the two teams' last matchup on April 9th, Tyler Zeller notched 18 points despite the Wine and Gold falling, 99-94, at The Q.

Key to the Game/Key Matchup

Key to the Game

Ball Movement

Indiana has one of the best defenses in the entire league. With long, quick defenders on the perimeter and physical, big bodies clogging the paint, the Pacers make it difficult for teams to get good shots.

The Wine and Gold must continue to share the basketball and utilize good ball movement to create open looks at the hoop.

Cleveland had 27 assists on 38 made field goals in the win over Detroit. Seven Cavs players scored in double figures: Kyrie Irving (15), Jermaine Taylor (15), Anthony Bennett (12), Tristan Thompson (11), Anderson Varejao (10), Sergey Karasev (10) and Earl Clark (10).

Key Matchup

Frontcourt Battle

As mentioned, Indiana has one of the most physical frontcourts in the game with David West and Roy Hibbert.

Last season, the tandem combined to average 32.9 points, 17.5 rebounds and 2.7 blocks.

The Cavaliers frontcourt duo of Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao have had a solid preseason thus far.

Varejao notched the first double-double by a Cavs player this preseason when he scored 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in 24 minutes against Detroit on Thursday. It was his second double-digit rebounding effort as he leads the team with 9.3 rebound in 23.1 minutes per game in exhibition play.

Through four preseason games, Thompson comes into tonight's matchup averaging 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds on an efficient .500 shooting from the field in 25.2 minutes per game.


Preseason Games at Quicken Loans Arena presented by Discount Drug Mart
For the final time this preseason, Discount Drug Mart customers using their Courtesy Plus card with the purchase of (2) 8-pack 12 oz. bottles of Pepsi products will receive six (6) free tickets to tonight's game hosted at The Q.

Where to Catch the Action

TV: SportsTime Ohio, Radio: WTAM 1100, NBA League Pass Audio

For live in-game updates, follow @cavs, @CavsJoeG, @CavsFredMcLeod, @MrCavalier34, @CavsJMike and @chones22 on Twitter.

Be sure to check for Joe Gabriele's live in-game blog providing instant analysis and game notes. Plus, get into the discussion as die-hard Cavs fans talk about the game on CavFanatic's GameDay Thread.

Use the official mobile app of the Cleveland Cavaliers to enhance your experience with the team 24/7. Feel like you’re at the game with real time updates during the action and easy access to team news, social media, and forums.

On Deck

After tonight's game against the Pacers, the Cavs will head to the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH to square off with Philadelphia on Monday before wrapping up their five-game homestand in Ohio with a visit to the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH on Wednesday to play Washington. Cleveland will complete their 2013 Preseason on the road against the Bobcats on Thursday

Traffic Alert: Ontario/Prospect Intersection to Close Temporarily

Due to the hoisting of Horseshoe Casino’s pedestrian walkway this weekend, the Ontario St./Prospect Ave. intersection outside Quicken Loans Arena will be closed to traffic effecting tonight's Cavs game at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more details.