Free NBA Picks Today: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Indiana Pacers 4/2/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Indiana Pacers 4/2/23
Sun 2nd April 2023

The Cleveland Cavaliers (48-30, 30-9 Home), the league’s top scoring defense, play host to the Indiana Pacers (34-44, 14-25 Away) on Sunday.

Indiana topped the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-117 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Friday. T.J. McConnell led the way with 21 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, and one steals. The Pacers are 12th in the Eastern Conference.

Cleveland came up short on Friday at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, falling to the New York Knicks 130-116. Donovan Mitchell had 42 points in the loss, carrying the team. The Cavaliers are fourth in the Eastern Conference.

The teams are meeting for the last time this season. Indiana will be looking to level the season series after coming out on top in only one of the three earlier matchups.

Cleveland won the most recent showdown 122-103 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on February 5. Darius Garland led the Cavaliers with 24 points and six assists.

Myles Turner had 27 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks in the losing effort. Tyrese Haliburton and Turner, averaging 20.7 and 18.0 points per game, respectively, are leading the Pacers in scoring this season.

Turner also has grabbed 7.5 rebounds per game, while Haliburton has dished 10.4 assists per game, second-most in the league. Mitchell’s 27.9 points per game have powered the Cavs on offense. He ranks as the seventh-highest scorer in the league.

Garland is distributing 7.8 assists per game, eighth-most in the NBA, and Jarrett Allen is posting 9.9 rebounds per game. The Cavaliers rank as the toughest scoring defense in the NBA with 107.0 points per game allowed. The teams have split their last 10 games at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (5-5).

Indiana is 3-7 in the last 10 games with an average margin of -9.6 (117.0-126.6). For the season, the Pacers are averaging 116.0 points per game, compared to 119.0 for opponents. Cleveland has gone 6-4 over the last 10, scoring 114.8 points per game on average while allowing 110.7 (+4.1 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Andrew Nembhard: 23.0 | 16.1 | +6.9
Points per game:
Buddy Hield: 12.3 | 16.9 | -4.6


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Ricky Rubio: 7.4 | 10.8 | -3.4
Rebounds per game:
Jarrett Allen: 12.7 | 9.9 | +2.7
Assists per game:
Donovan Mitchell: 3.0 | 4.5 | -1.5

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Cleveland Cavs -12.5 (-110)

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