Pacers vs Cavaliers

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The Pacers throttled the Cavs in Friday’s Game 6 to force a winner-take-all Game 7 in Cleveland on Sunday. Victor Oladipo was remarkable, putting up a triple-double with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. He’ll see if he can duplicate the performance on Sunday.

Pacers vs Cavaliers

With the Cavaliers losing Friday’s Game 6, and the Jazz eliminating the Thunder on Friday, the Cavs get the 1 p.m. start time. The winner of Game 7 will advance to play the top-seeded Raptors in the second round next week with the series starting in Toronto.

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The Indiana Pacers are being told by the Cleveland Cavaliers that Domantas Sabonis and Thaddeus Young will have their chances to score and possibly win the game.

For Cleveland to win, the Cavaliers will need a much better effort than they had in Game 6. In that game, the Cavs trailed by 10 at the half and 25 entering the fourth quarter. LeBron James didn’t play a single minute.

The good news for Cleveland is that it has LeBron on its side, and at home in Game 5, he hit a game-winner and dominated Indiana before hitting buzzer-beating game-winner. Ideally, the Cavs won’t have to him playing at that level in order to keep it close, but it wouldn’t hurt.

Cavaliers win if …

The Cavaliers win if they flip the switch. They’ve been an up-and-down team all season, but they finished the season with flashes of who they want to be come postseason time. Larry Nance Jr. gives them a lot of versatility off the bench and is a game-changer for them. However, none of this matters if they can’t flip the switch and look like the team everybody expects them to be. That will depend on LeBron James.

Pacers win if …

The Pacers can win this series if the Cleveland’s defense doesn’t improve in the playoffs. The Cavs have been one of the NBA’s worst defensive teams this season and ranks 29th in defensive efficiency. The Pacers have a fast-paced offense that can exploit the Cavs in a hurry. They’re an average defensive team, though, so they’ll need to outscore the Cavs to have a chance.

SportsLine projections

According to SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh, the Cavaliers have a 59.8 percent chance to win the first round and a 34.4 percent chance of reaching the conference finals.

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