2018 NBA Playoffs First Round Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: Preview and Prediction

Cavs-Pacers Preview!

No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers (50-32) vs. No. 5 Indiana Pacers (48-34)

Playoff series schedule

  • Game 1 in Cleveland: Sunday, April 15, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
  • Game 2 in Cleveland: Wednesday, April 18, 7 p.m. ET, TNT
  • Game 3 in Indianapolis: Friday, April 20, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
  • Game 4 in Indianapolis: Sunday, April 22, 8:30 p.m. ET, TNT
  • Game 5 in Cleveland: TBA (if necessary)
  • Game 6 in Indianapolis: TBA (if necessary)
  • Game 7 in Cleveland: TBA (if necessary)

 

Season series: Pacers won 3-1

Why Will the Cavs Win?

They will need to be consistent, but the problem is, they haven’t been all year. A lot of this, of course, depends on Lebron James and if he is on top of his game, the Cavs should win. Larry Nance Jr. coming off the bench, has been huge over the last few weeks of the season and he could play a big role in how far the Cavs can advance this post-season.

Why Will the Pacers Win?

The Pacers have been one of the biggest surprises this season due to their offensive explosiveness and the energy that they have played with all season long. The Cavs are one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA and they will have problems defending the Pacers’ explosive offense. The Pacers themselves are not great on the defensive end but with that being said, the Pacers can turn these games into shootouts and if they do they have a very good chance to pull the upset here.

Prediction: A lot of people will look at this series and assume the Pacers have no chance, but they are no joke. Coach Nate McMillan and All-Star guard Victor Oladipo have led the way and the Pacers were a wonderful surprise this season. The Cavs’ problems on defense will make this a very entertaining series and in the end, I am going with the youth and energy of the Pacers in an upset.

Pacers in 6

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