Indiana Pacers @ Cleveland Cavaliers 4/12/24 Free Pick, NBA Odds, NBA Predictions

Indiana Pacers (46-34) at Cleveland Cavaliers (47-33)

Game Info: Friday, April 12th, 2024 at  7:30 p.m. EST (Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Cavaliers -3.5 (-105) - Over/Under (233.5)

Pick: Cavaliers -3.5 (-105)

These two Central division rivals will face off on Friday night in what could be one of the most important games of the NBA regular season. As the Indiana Pacers head to Cleveland, separated by one game in the standings from the Cleveland Cavaliers with an opportunity to even up the score. Every time these two teams get together you can expect a solid contest as Donovan Mitchell and Tyrese Haliburton square off. This game on Friday night in Cleveland should be more of the same as these two teams look to build up as much momentum as possible before heading into the postseason. 

Indiana has put together a rather successful season and they will look to finish it off on a hot note and it starts with grabbing a victory in one of their last two games here on Friday against Cleveland. This is a game that could have a massive impact on the standings within the conference heading into the final few days of the regular season. An Indiana Pacers victory would even them up with Cleveland heading into the last two days of the season and give them the opportunity to pass the Cavaliers in the standings on the final day of the season on Sunday. 

The Pacers come into this game with a record of 46-34 on the season and they will look to finish off the year with two consecutive victories as they fight for a top four finish in the Eastern Conference. Tyrese Haliburton has led the way for this team throughout the season with his incredible passing and shooting and he will need to continue to do so if they want to be successful in the postseason as well. Indiana is playing well down the final stretch of the season as they come into this game on a three game-winning shriek, and as winners of four out of their last five on the year.

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Heading into the new year all looked to be lost for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but coming out of the new year they were the hottest team in the NBA. However, they’re incredible run coming into 2024 did not last as long as they would’ve hoped, and they have been struggling coming down the final stretch of the regular season. Cleveland comes into this game holding a one game edge over Indiana, which makes this feel like a must win game for the Cavaliers at home on Friday night as they look to hold their spot in the standings heading into the playoffs. Cleveland has had their fair share of ups and downs over the season but they came into this year expected to make a decent run throughout the playoffs. 

Last year they were upset in the opening round of the postseason by the New York Knicks and that is something they will look to avoid this time around as it seems likely they will have home court advantage for the second consecutive season. Cleveland was finally able to snap a three game losing streak with a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in their previous contest. Now they will look to grab their second consecutive victory in a row as they look to build up some momentum heading into the playoffs. A win or loss in this game for Cleveland could mean the difference between potentially going on the road or even ending up in the play-in round of the postseason. 

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Cleveland is 25-14 at home 

- Cleveland is 10-5 against the division

- Cleveland is 30-20 against the East

I look for this to be a close and competitive game between these two central division rivals, but in the end I do look for the Cleveland Cavaliers to protect their home court and pick up the victory on Friday night. As I look for Indiana and Cleveland to battle down to the wire, and for this game to potentially come down to the last two possessions or so. However, I do look for Cleveland to not only pick up the victory but I also expect them to cover the spread in the process.

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