Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers - 4/18/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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"I'm the last guy to ask about how you're going to feel the next couple of days".

Fast forward to the playoffs, and the Pacers just woke everyone up to how good they are, as they took Game in, in Cleveland, to take a 1-0 series lead against the Cavs. However, each surge by the Cavs was countered by the Pacers, who ended up taking a 55-38 lead into halftime. They thought that they could easily defeat the Pacers and sweep them. "I just think as a team they need to come together and they can't even rely on LeBron because if you can get a triple-double in the playoffs that says a lot about your team".

Andrew Wiggins had 18 points for Minnesota, who are making their first play-off appearance since 2004. That doesn't mean coming in we just fold. Nor would you have known it based on the team's subdued reaction as they exited the largely empty arena - most of the sellout crowd was already on their way home well before the final buzzer sounded - on Sunday and made their way back to the locker room. Cleveland's struggles covered all facets of the shooting department as they were only eight of 34 from beyond the arc and 12 of 20 from the charity stripe in the game. However, Cleveland made things interested and finished the third quarter on a 15-4 run. With all the nerves out of their system, the Cavs will take control of the series.

After game one of the Cavs and the Pacers series, Oladipo said those comments added fuel to the fire. He shot an absurd 66% from three, while his average for the year is 37%.

Right from the jump, the Indiana Pacers took the lead and never relinquished it for the remainder of the game. "I expect the same thing in Wednesday's game". Now this wasn't just a regular off night because it was so bad that is must be a fluke. His streak of 21 straight first-round playoff wins has come to an abrupt (and somewhat unexpected) end. But that makes it all the more important for IN to shore up any deficiencies they saw on film. Either way, they're in a hole to a tough team - not the start to their postseason they were hoping for.

"I think the intensity".

In the end, it is just one loss but was a shocking one nonetheless. It is unbelievable to me that Tristan Thompson only played two minutes this game. But that includes many more lopsided series.

Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, and Carmelo Anthony added 15 points for the Thunder Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell had 27 points and 10 rebounds, but he left in the second half with left foot soreness. The Cavs will need to give Thompson more than 2 minutes in order to at least try and stop Turner. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Hill's back bothered him after halftime and he was forced to play James at the point. Playing the same way we've been playing all year and we did a great job of that. He knows how to get it done in the postseason and has shown that he can comeback from leads, like he did in the 2016 finals when he came back from a 3-1 deficit.

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