Cavaliers vs. Pacers Odds & Picks: Pacers Cover in Close One

Betsperts analyst Jennifer Eakins gives her best bets for the Cavaliers vs. Pacers contest on Thursday, December 29th, 2022.

The Cavaliers and Pacers will face off for the second time this season on Thursday, December 29th, 2022. Tip-off is set for 7:00 PM ET at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Cleveland is coming off their second-straight loss on Monday night courtesy of the Brooklyn Nets, while Indy just beat the Atlanta Hawks 129-114 on Tuesday and will be looking to even the series between these two teams after losing to the Cavs back on December 16th.

Cavaliers vs. Pacers Betting Odds

Cavaliers Pacers
Spread -5 +5
Moneyline -200 +170
Over/Under 223.5

*Lines accurate at the time of publication

Cavaliers vs. Pacers Best Bets

Pacers +5 (-110 DraftKings)

The last game between these two teams was a six-point difference, with the Pacers losing 118-112 on the road. This time Indy is at home with a healthy squad. The Pacers are sixth in the NBA in pace of play, fifth in the association in three-pointers made per game, and sit in the top half of the league in points scored per game this season (13th), which provides potential to hang with any team in the league.

The Cavs could struggle with the pace of play in enemy territory and this is a solid opportunity to take the underdog, with a little sprinkle on the Pacers’ moneyline if you’re so inclined.

Risk: 1.1 units on DraftKings to win 1 unit. (Playable to -120)

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Cavaliers vs. Pacers Game Total Over 223.5 (-110 DraftKings)

The Cavs have cashed the over in their last four games and when these two teams met just 14 days ago, the over hit as well. Indy is scoring an average of 114.4 points per game this season, with Cleveland putting up 111.1. While the Cavs are yielding the fewest points per game on the season (105.5), they’ve softened defensively in their last three tilts, surrendering 116.3, with the Pacers allowing 115.1 in 2022.

This could be a right up against it, but I lean toward the over in a high-scoring, close contest.

Risk: 1.1 units on DraftKings to win 1 unit. (Playable to -120)

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