Free NBA Picks Today: Indiana Pacers vs Cleveland Cavaliers 2/5/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Indiana Pacers vs Cleveland Cavaliers 2/5/23
Sun 5th February 2023

The Indiana Pacers (25-29, 17-11 Home) will try to break down the league’s top scoring defense when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers (32-22, 10-16 Away) on Sunday.

Cleveland beat the Memphis Grizzlies 128-113 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Thursday. With 32 points and 11 assists, Darius Garland was a top performer. The Cavaliers are fifth in the Eastern Conference.

Indiana won a close one on Friday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, beating the Sacramento Kings 107-104. Buddy Hield had 21 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists to lead the team. The Pacers are 11th in the Eastern Conference.

It’s the last meeting of the season between the teams. Cleveland and Indiana have split their two matchups this season. The Pacers got the win in the last meeting, beating the Cavaliers 135-126 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in December 2022. Tyrese Haliburton led the Pacers with 29 points and nine assists.

Donovan Mitchell had 28 points in defeat.Mitchell is averaging 27.1 points per game, 10th-highest in the league, to lead the Cavs in scoring this season. Meanwhile, Garland is dishing 8.2 assists per game, sixth-most in the league, and Jarrett Allen is grabbing 9.7 rebounds per game.

Haliburton (20.1 ppg), Bennedict Mathurin (17.6), and Hield (17.4) have been the primary providers for the Pacers on offense. Haliburton also has distributed 10.2 assists per game, most in the league. Meanwhile, Myles Turner has averaged 8.0 rebounds per game. The Cavaliers rank as the best scoring defense in the league with 106.9 points per game allowed.

The Cavaliers have come up short in recent games at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, losing six of the last 10.In the last 10 games, Cleveland is 5-5 with an average margin of +5.4 (111.8-106.4). Indiana has gone 2-8 over the last 10, allowing 120.9 points per game on average while scoring only 112.8 (-8.1 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Ricky Rubio: 15.5 | 11.5 | +4.0
Donovan Mitchell: 18.3 | 35.8 | -17.5
Points per game:
Donovan Mitchell: 11.0 | 27.1 | -16.1
Rebounds per game:
Caris LeVert: 2.8 | 3.9 | -1.1


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
T.J. McConnell: 20.6 | 15.5 | +5.1
Points per game:
Aaron Nesmith: 13.4 | 9.8 | +3.6

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Cleveland Cavaliers (-175)

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