Indiana Pacers vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction & Match Preview – October 8th, 2021 | NBA Preseason 2021-22
The Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Indiana Pacers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse for a 2021-22 NBA preseason game on Friday.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are coming off a close 99-96 win against the Atlanta Hawks. Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers began their preseason campaign with a 125-104 loss to the New York Knicks.
Fixture: Indiana Pacers vs Cleveland Cavaliers | NBA Preseason 2021-22.
Date & Time: Friday, October 8th; 7:00 PM ET (Saturday, October 9th; 4:30 AM IST).
Venue: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, OH.
Indiana Pacers preview
The Indiana Pacers ended their 2020-21 NBA campaign with a disappointing win-loss record of 34-38 (0.472). During his first preseason fight against the New York Knicks this year, rookie Chris Duarte began his NBA career with an impressive 15-point count and five assists.
Justin Holiday, Myles Turner, and TJ McConnell ended up with two-digit numbers each. Meanwhile, Domantas Sabonis contributed six points, eight rebounds, and a block in 20 minutes of action on the court.
TJ Warren and Caris LeVert are expected to miss this game due to a broken left foot and lower back pain, respectively.
Cleveland Cavaliers preview
Due to his dismal position in the league last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers were able to select Evan Mobley as the third overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft.
The Cleveland Cavaliers rallied from a loss to beat the Atlanta Hawks in their first preseason victory. Colin Sexton and Darius Garland scored double digits, while Kevin Love came off the bench for seven points and six rebounds.
The Cavaliers need to work on their weak-side defense and explore more scoring options in player rotations if they plan to have a breakout campaign.
Pacers vs Cavaliers match prediction
Although the Cleveland Cavaliers are home to a host of young and exciting talent, the Indiana Pacers have a more balanced starting lineup. Expect to see a defensive show from Evan Mobley, but the Pacers could dominate the court with a full offense, eventually leaving Cleveland with a comfortable preseason victory.
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The NBA preseason game between the Indiana Pacers and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be televised locally on Bally Sports Ohio. You can also broadcast this match live through the NBA League Pass.