#CavsPacers Game Preview - January 26, 2018

Quicken Loans Arena at 7:30 p.m. ET

Game Summary

The Cavaliers (27-19) return home on Friday night to round out their season series with their Central Division rivals the Indiana Pacers (26-22). Tipoff from The Q is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (ET).

Heading into their fourth and final contest with the Pacers this regular season, the Wine & Gold are looking to get back on track as they power through the midway point of the 2017-18 campaign.

The Cavs' excellent performance at home over the past 16 games at The Q should give them the confidence. In fact, since November 7 of last year, the Wine & Gold are averaging 113.9 points and 26.1 assists at home, shooting .499 from the field and .384 from beyond the arc over that stretch.

Overall this season, the Cavs are 16-6 at The Q, which is the second-best home mark in the Eastern Conference (seventh in NBA). The Cavs are putting up 111.5 points per game at The Q this campaign, which is the fifth-highest mark among NBA home teams. Cleveland has also scored at least 100 points in 20 of their 22 home games, including each of the last 18.

The club is also shooting well from the charity stripe. So far this season, the Cavs rank second in the NBA in free throw percentage (.801), shooting 26-31 (.839) from the foul line in their last matchup against San Antonio. Tuesday's contest with the Spurs was the 24th time this season Cleveland went at least .800 from the charity stripe. Last season, the Cavs made at least .800 of their free throws 29 times.

In addition to their successes at home and at the foul line, the Cavaliers will need guys like LeBron James to continue dominating from an individual perspective. This season, LBJ leads the NBA in field goals made (473 FGM), which is just one more confidence booster for the Cavaliers.

As the Wine & Gold eye a bounce-back game against a Central Division foe, the Pacers have their own goals in mind to take care of on Friday night, which includes a fourth-straight win over the Cavs.

Indiana is one of the biggest surprises of the 2017-18 NBA season, sitting second in the Central Division standings even after trading away former star Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder during the offseason. The Pacers have won five of their last seven games, two of which coming against the Cavs and Spurs.

In their latest contest, the Pacers tallied a deciding win over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night by a score of 116-101. In the win, four Indiana starters tallied 17-plus points, including two 20-plus performances from Thaddeus Young (22) and Victor Oladipo (21). From a defensive standpoint, the Pacers were a brick wall. The starting-five all had a positive plus/minus record with Oladipo leading the way at +35.


Where to Catch the Action

TV: FOX Sports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100, 100.7 WMMS, 87.7 La Mega

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


Probable Starters/Status Update*

#3 - Isaiah Thomas

#5 - JR Smith

#23 - LeBron James

#0 - kevin Love

#13 - Tristan Thompson

#2 - Darren Collison

#4 - Victor Oladipo

#44 - Bojan Bogdanovic

#21 - Thaddeus Young

#11 - Domantas Sabonis

Status Update: (Cavs) - None to report.

Status Update: (Pacers) - TJ Leaf, (Sprained right ankle, Questionable), Glenn Robinson III, (Left ankle surgery rehabilitation, Out), Myles Turner, (Right elbow injury, Questionable)

*Subject to change.


Head-to-Head Matchup

As mentioned, Friday's contest is the fourth and final matchup between the two Central Division rivals with Indiana holding a 3-0 lead this season over Cleveland.

In their last meeting on Friday, January 12, the Cavaliers lost a, 97-95, heart-breaker after the Pacers erased a 22-point deficit over the course of the second half in Indianapolis. Despite the loss, LBJ came away with a near triple-double, tallying 27 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. Kevin Love also notched his 23rd double-double of the season, with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Lance Stephenson was the star of the game, though, posting 16 points off the bench to help his team clinch the comeback win.

Cleveland will once again look to guys like LBJ and Love if they want to avoid the sweep on Friday night. With the final game of the series closing out in The Land, homecourt advantage could be the determining factor.


Game Promotions

EVERYFAN NIGHT PRESENTED BY SPEEDWAY


On Deck

Following Friday night's contest with the Pacers, the Cavs will stick to divisional play for the next two games as they take on the Detroit Pistons in a home-and-home series. The series tips off on Sunday with a 6:00 p.m. (ET) matchup at home before closing out on Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit at 8:00 p.m. (ET). The Wine & Gold will then return to Cleveland on Wednesday to kickstart a two-game homestand, beginning with a January 31 battle with the Miami Heat followed by a dual with the Houston Rockets on February 3.

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#CavsPacers Postgame Wrap-Up presented by Rocket Mortgage

Cavs.com's Fred McLeod checks in from The Land to wrap-up the Wine & Gold's victory against the Pacers on Friday.

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#CavsPacers Postgame Wrap-Up presented by Rocket Mortgage

Cavs.com's Fred McLeod checks in from The Land to wrap-up the Wine & Gold's victory against the Pacers on Friday.
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#CavsPacers Postgame: LeBron James - January 26, 2018

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Friday's 115-108 victory over the Indiana Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena.
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#CavsPacers Postgame: Coach Lue - January 26, 2018

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Friday's 115-108 victory over the Indiana Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena.
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#CavsPacers Postgame: JR Smith - January 26, 2018

Cavaliers guard JR Smith spoke with the media following Friday's 115-108 victory over the Indiana Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 26, 2018  |  04:35

#CavsPacers Postgame: Tristan Thompson - January 26, 2018

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with the media following Friday's 115-108 victory over the Indiana Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 26, 2018  |  03:11

#CavsPacers On-Court Postgame: LeBron James - January 26, 2018

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with FOX Sports Ohio's Allie Clifton following Friday's 115-108 victory over the Indiana Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena.
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#CavsPacers Postgame: Kevin Love - January 26, 2018

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love spoke with the media following Friday's 115-108 victory over the Indiana Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 26, 2018  |  03:18

LeBron Records Triple-Double In Win

LeBron James posts his eighth triple-double of the season with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists versus the Pacers.
Jan 26, 2018  |  03:34

GAME RECAP: Cavaliers 115, Pacers 108

LeBron James posts a triple-double of 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists to lead the Cavaliers past the Pacers, 115-108
Jan 26, 2018  |  02:31

Jeff Green Pins the Shot Attempt

Victor Oladipo thinks he has an easy layup but Jeff Green is there to deny him at the basket.
Jan 26, 2018  |  00:17

KLove Throws Touchdown Pass to LBJ

Kevin Love whips the long outlet pass to LeBron James who deposits the dunk.
Jan 26, 2018  |  00:20

LBJ Beats the First Half Buzzer

LeBron James nets the tough jumper before the first half expires.
Jan 26, 2018  |  00:23

LBJ Throws Alley-Opp to T.T.

LeBron James and Tristan Thompson work the pick-and-roll to perfection as LBJ feeds T.T. on the high-handoff.
Jan 26, 2018  |  00:10

LBJ Dimes T.T. for the Easy Slam

LeBron James throws the pretty no-look bounce pass to Tristan Thompson for the easy dunk.
Jan 26, 2018  |  00:30

Cavs Honor 2018 Cavs EveryFAN

Tequila Pennington-Calwise of Cleveland was selected as the sixth annual recipient of the Cavs EveryFAN and was honored at halftime during the Cavs vs. Indiana Pacers game on Friday, January 26.
Jan 26, 2018  |  02:12

DRose Finds Jeff Green on the High-Handoff

Derrick Rose spots a cutting Jeff Green for the pretty reverse alley-oop finish.
Jan 26, 2018  |  00:09

Swish Gets Things Going in the 1Q

JR Smith gets off to a fast start against the Pacers, scoring 12 points in the first quarter in this Goodyear 'More Driven' highlight.
Jan 26, 2018  |  00:51

LBJ Muscles Home the And-One

LeBron James backs down the Pacers defense and finished the bucket through contact.
Jan 26, 2018  |  00:19

Highlight in freeD: KLove with the Deep Triple

Experience freeD with this deep triple by Kevin Love.
Jan 26, 2018  |  00:11

Highlight in freeD: LBJ's Reverse Slam

Experience freeD with this highlight and unique angle of LeBron James' reverse slam.
Jan 26, 2018  |  00:10

Featured Highlight: LBJ with the Reverse Flush

LeBron James gets past the Pacers defense and throws home the reverse slam.
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#CavsPacers Shootaround: LeBron James - January 26, 2018

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the following Friday's shootaround at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
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#CavsPacers Shootaround: Kevin Love - January 26, 2018

Cavaliers forward/center Kevin Love spoke with the following Friday's shootaround at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
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Tristan on Being Back in the Starting Lineup

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LBJ on What T.T. Brings to the First Unit

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Coach Announces Lineup Change

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