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

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A lot has changed since then, including Oladipo transforming IN into one of the better teams IN the Eastern Conference.

The Cavs fell behind 33-12 during a unusual first quarter that included Cleveland missing all eight 3-pointers, James not attempting his first field goal until 1:52 remained and fans in Quicken Loans Arena wondering what they were seeing. How much different a regular season game is compared to a postseason game. The teams split two previous playoff series with the Cavaliers holding a 5-4 edge in game victories. The Cavaliers have plenty of time to get their minds right.

The Pacers were energized by an emphatic dunk from Lance Stephenson early in the game en route to a 33-14 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Cavs were no match to the Pacers, as the latter torched to an 18-point win, 98-80, in their first post-season showdown. The rest of the starting lineup combined for 23 points.

The Pacer's showed the league that they aren't letting the challenge get to their heads.

Oladipo finished with 32 points to his name, while Myles Turner chipped in with 16 points and eight rebounds. Lue wants more from those three players, but he also wants more from the Big Two - James and Love.

The most important thing is that Darren Collison and Bojan Bogdanovic bounce back.

Oladipo didn't need any motivation to get better, he's always been a self-starter that way.

The win gives the Celtics an advantage leading to another home game on Tuesday. "And they got it today".

The visiting Pacers out-shot the Cavs, making 45.6 percent of their shots from the field, including a healthy 39.3 percent from 3-point range (11 of 28).

Indiana's defense deserves plenty of recognition for the win, as it was swarming to Cleveland shooters throughout the contest. That's roughly seven full games. If they don't, the Cavaliers could be facing a 2-0 deficit before they even hit the road in this series.

Cleveland went just 8 of 34 on 3-pointers and missed eight of 20 free throws.

James had a triple double in a losing cause with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. JR Smith scored 15 points off the bench, and Kevin Love had nine points and team-high 17 rebounds for Cleveland. He did everything he possibly could to get under LeBron's skin, including, most famously, blowing in LeBron's ear during the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals.

"We were taking the ball out slow, we were getting the ball up the court slow and they were aggressive on the defensive end".

Two of the most significant performances of the opening weekend of the National Basketball Association playoffs came from two players who were traded for one another.

So many Cavs suffered through bad games.

The Pacers are feeling confident after beating the Cavs for fourth time this season.

OKLAHOMA CITY - Paul George scored 36 points to help Oklahoma City beat Utah in Game 1 of the Western Conference series. Green was a dismal 0 for 7 and finished scoreless in 27 minutes of action.

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