NBA Playoffs: Pacers vs Cavaliers Series Predictions

The playoffs are set in the Eastern Conference. All of the NBA playoff odds are posted and the Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Indiana Pacers in round one of the NBA playoffs. LeBron James has never lost in the first round of the playoffs and he will be ready to make another run for the championship. Many believe that the only other team to give the Heat a challenge in the East will be the up and coming 76ers as everyone is counting out the Boston Celtics. The Pacers vs Cavaliers series predictions may seem easy to make, but they deserve a closer look.

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Indiana Pacers

Odds to Win the Eastern Conference: +4500

Odds to win the NBA Championship:  +2000

The Indiana Pacers are in the NBA playoffs and that is always a good thing. This is a team that was accused of tanking in September and now they have a chance to win a NBA Championship. Why that might be highly unlikely, the Pacers may still be worth a team that is worth betting on. They were a good bet during the regular season as they were an amazing 47-35 against the spread (ATS) this season. They won nearly 20 more games than the over/under number that was set by Las Vegas by the bookmakers before the season started. Victor Oladipo has a slightly sprained right ankle, but will be fine when the post season tips off.

Nate McMillan has installed a team mentality and the players are buying into it. Lance Stephenson seems like a loose cannon to some, but he is welcomed in a locker room that has other quality players like Myles Turner and Al Jefferson. The Pacers may not be a true threat to win the championship, but they are a deadly team that could surprise in the early rounds. So what is the Pacers reward for a great season? They get the tall task of facing LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round.

NBA Playoffs: Pacers vs Cavs Series Predictions

NBA Playoffs: Pacers vs Cavs Series Predictions

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Cleveland Cavaliers

Odds to Win the Eastern Conference: -110

Odds to win the NBA Championship:  +750

Once again the Cleveland Cavaliers did not get the No. 1 seed in the East, but once again they are the favorites to advance to the NBA Finals. The main reason is because they have the best player in the planet in LeBron James. James once again had to deal with scrutiny, rumors and team turmoil, but he is having another MVP caliber season. He seems more focused than ever as he played in all 82 games this season. As a No. 4 seed it could be difficult to bring another championship banner to Cleveland.

Only one team has won a championship as the fourth seed and that was the 1995 Houston Rockets. From a betting stand point this season the Cavs were the worst team in the league with a 32-48-1 against the spread (ATS) record. They did however end the season winning 10 out of the last 13 games against the number at the betting window. So when looking at the Pacers vs Cavaliers series predictions, how will it all turn out?

Pacers vs Cavaliers series predictions

The Pacers have a quality team and they will need a maximum effort to get even one win in this series, but the Cavs are far from perfect. Many believe that there is one team in the East that can beat the Cavs, but it is not the Pacers. They can keep it close in game one. Although the Pacers may have the ability to squeak out one game in this series, James is ready to go to another Finals and he will cruise right by the Pacers in the first round.

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