The Pacers surprised the Cavs with a stellar finish in Cleveland on Nov. 1 to bring home a 124-107. Victor Oladipo, Darren Collison and Thaddeus Young all scored over 20 points which was more than enough to offset the 33 points LeBron James added for the Cavs.
That loss put the Cavs at 3-5 on the season as they stumbled out of the block to begin the season, but Cleveland arrives at BLF on Friday a much different team. Not only is LeBron playing at an exceptional level (even for him), but the team as one 13 consecutive games, shooting up to second place in the East at 18-7.
The Pacers have had a 3-step-forward-2-steps back type of season but another win over the Cavs would be a big step forward and set the tone for the remainder of the team's challenging homestand with Denver, OKC and Detroit visiting next.
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Cavaliers (18-7) at Pacers (14-11) - 7:00 PM EDT at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected starting lineups
Pacers: Darren Collison (PG), Victor Oladipo (SG), Bojan Bogdanovic (SF), Thaddeus Young (PF), Myles Turner(C)
Cavaliers: Jose Calderon (PG), J.R. Smith (SG), LeBron James (SF), Jae Crowder (PF), Kevin Love (C)