The league's top team will be on the road, when the Indiana Pacers head to Quicken Loans Arena to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers currently hold an 11-22 record and have not found their stride this season. While the Cavaliers have struggled all year, they have been especially cold lately, losing eight of their last 10 games. On the other end, the Pacers are considered an early favorite for the championship, entering with a record of 26-6. This game has a start time of 6:00 pm EST and it will be covered by FSN-IN and FSN-OH.
The Cavaliers are expecting better results after their 89-82 loss to the Nets. Dion Waiters was the game's leading scorer as he had a good game, scoring 26 points. Meanwhile, the Pacers are coming off a win over the Pelicans, 99-82. Paul George was one of the leaders, posting 24 points and 10 rebounds to claim his third double-double of the season. The Pacers have won both games against the Cavaliers this season, including a 91-76 win the last time these two teams met. Roy Hibbert was a top performer in the victory with 19 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 5 blocks.
The top-notch Indiana defense appears to have an advantage when it comes to eFG%. They rank first in the league in making teams miss (opponents' eFG% of 44.7%), whereas the brick-laying offense of Cleveland is 28th with a mark of 46.3%.
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