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Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers NBA Playoffs Game 3 predictions, betting tips and match preview: Cavs target 3-0 cushion over Pacers

Lorenzo Gahol in NBA 20 Apr 2017
Kyrie Irving (credit:NBA.com)

Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers NBA Playoffs Game 3 predictions, betting tips and match preview. The Cleveland Cavaliers will shoot for a 3-0 lead over the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs on Thursday. 


Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers Game 3 Predictions


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The Cleveland Cavaliers head to Indianapolis on Thursday with the aim of taking a commanding 3-0 lead over the Indiana Pacers in their Eastern Conference first-round playoff duel. 

The defending champions posted a 117-111 victory at home on Monday to seize control in the best-of-seven series. Cleveland pulled away in the third period and withstood a late surge from Indiana. 

Kyrie Irving led the charge with 37 points while Kevin Love (27 points, 11 rebounds) and LeBron James (25 points, 10 rebounds) posted double-doubles. Tristan Thompson grabbed 10 rebounds as the second-seeded Cavaliers secured their fifth consecutive win over the Pacers after surviving Game 1 (109-108) and taking their last three meetings in the regular season. 

"We're right there of what we know we can become," James said after they nearly squandered an 18-point lead in the fourth period. "We'll figure it out. I'd much rather have an 18-point lead than not have a lead at all. We're right there on turning the switch on what we really can become."

The bad news for Cleveland fans was JR Smith did not play in the second half of Game 2 due to a left hamstring injury. His status for this game has yet to be released.

Paul George paced Indiana with 32 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Jeff Teague added 23 points despite hurting his right wrist in the second half while Thaddeus Young chipped in 16. 

"I thought we lost our composure and got frantic out there," Indiana head coach Nate McMillan said. "We lost our poise and wasn't calm during that third quarter. And that was big."

Teague is uncertain in this game so McMillan will utilize Monta Ellis and Lance Stephenson in the backcourt should his top playmaker be ruled out. 

Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers Game 3 Live Stream Links


Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers is being streamed live online by bookmaker bet365. The firm have the match available to all customers, including those in the UK, on their live streaming player, which can be found via the IN PLAY section of the website. The only requirement to watch the live stream is to have a funded bet365 account. Those without an account can claim a 100% first deposit bonus of up to £200 by registering using the bonus code MAXCASH. Once registered, simply go to the IN PLAY section of the website at 00:00 BST on Friday, April 21 and click on the Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers live stream.

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Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers Game 3 Notes


  • The Cavaliers enjoy a 2-0 lead over the Pacers
  • Cleveland has won its last five meetings against Indiana
  • LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love proved too much for the Pacers in Game 2
  • JR Smith suffered a hamstring injury in their last game
  • Paul George led Indiana in Game 2 with 32 points
  • Jeff Teague is uncertain due to a wrist injury he sustained in Game 2

Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers Game 3 Predictions


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Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers NBA Playoffs Game 3 predictions, betting tips and match preview: Cavs target 3-0 cushion over Pacers

Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers NBA Playoffs Game 3 predictions, betting tips and match preview. The Cleveland Cavaliers will shoot for a 3-0 lead over the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs on Thursday.

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