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Indiana Pacers eager to face Cleveland Cavaliers in Indianapolis

Indiana Pacers eager to face Cleveland Cavaliers in Indianapolis

Bet the Indiana Pacers -1.5 over the Cleveland Cavaliers in game 3.

"It's going to be incredible being on the floor", IN center Myles Turner said.

And finally, about this whole "who else is going to play like it's actually the playoffs" bit, James said "I'm confident in all my guys gonna go out and play the game the right way and we'll see what happens". "I can't wait to get in front of the Indy fans".

The Pacers are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 home games versus Cleveland.

"We can't wait", Collison said.

James was at his dominant best at the Quicken Loans Arena, scoring a game-high 46 points as Cleveland bounced back from a 80-98 home loss in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference match-up. The Cavaliers never trailed but had to hold on at the end for a 100-97 victory Wednesday night.

During their last five games, the Pacers have scored an average of 96.8 points per game (8.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 101.6 points per game (2.2 below their season average). They fixed that.They benefitted from JR Smith and Kyle Korver moving into the starting lineup in Game 2. Lue said he plans to stick with that lineup, praising the job Smith did on Victor Oladipo, the Pacers' leading scorer, and the fact that Korver took two charges from Oladipo. Love won't be able to get Oladipo to foul out, but forcing the other team to sit their big men will open up doors for Love to go to work on the offensive side of the ball.

The Cleveland Cavaliers sole win in their first-round series thus far was only possible because of a 46-point outing from LeBron James. But I love playing out on the road more than I love playing at home.

Lue understands he can't expect James to shoot that well (17 of 24) the rest of the series.

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"They're a well-coached team", LeBon said before morning shootaroud. "They put shooters on the perimeter, and LeBron was going to put his head down and go to the basket".

"Defensively I think we're doing a pretty good job".

Now we've got - what? "The first quarter they basically came out and hit us in the mouth".

The Cavaliers jumped out to an early 33-18 lead following the first quarter, but IN slowly started chipping away at the lead. And it just felt like I was in a really good rhythm, so I just tried to see how long I could stay in that zone and try to make a mark on the game early on.

With Kyrie Irving gone (and out for the season due to a knee issue), Love has failed miserably in two playoff games as the alleged Robin to James' Batman. Look for the Pacers to throw extra defenders at LeBron and make his supporting cast take shots. He entered the series with seven straight NBA Finals appearances and 21 consecutive Round 1 wins, including five sweeps in a row. Over the series Love has shot only four free throws, making three.

Kevin Love added 15 points and eight rebounds to help support James, but he suffered a nasty-looking thumb injury late in the fourth quarter.

Pacers reserve Joe Young is listed as questionable with a sinus infection.

Any playoff series featuring the Cavaliers centers around Lebron James, and he delivered in a big way on Wednesday night. Especially considering his relationship with LeBron James, who essentially orchestrated Thompson's five-year, $106 million extension in 2015, when he publicly pushed for a Thompson contract while the two shared an agent.


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