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Box out: LeBron has knack for 1st-round playoff knockouts

16 April 2018, 04:54 | Joan Schultz

Box out: LeBron has knack for 1st-round playoff knockouts

LeBron James left and Bojan Bogdanovic

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers begin another Eastern Conference title defense against the Indiana Pacers Sunday in Game 1 on ABC TV.

BC-BKN-Pacers-Cavaliers, 656Victor-y: Oladipo scores 32 as Pacers stun LeBron, CavsAP Photo OHTD102, OHTD104, OHTD101, OHTD103, OHTD105Eds: APNewsNow. He made six 3-pointers, swiped the ball from James on two occasions and more than doubled his previous playoff scored high of 15.

There wasn't much for James to smile about during the Cavs' 98-80 loss to the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, aside from the typical antics that come with playing against Stephenson. The Cavaliers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games, 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 home games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall.

The Cavaliers never led, but battled hard in the second-half before coming up well short. The Pacers easily could have won the game by a bigger margin had they cashed in at the charity stripe and capitalized more on Cleveland's miscues.

It feels like the Cleveland Cavaliers have been stuck in the same news cycle for years now. Let's see what kind of best offshore sportsbook odds James & Co. are facing in Game 1 of this series. Victor Oladipo is averaging 23.1 points and 4.3 assists while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 14.3 points and 3.4 rebounds.

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Well, it's easy to say they have LeBron James and that's their strength.

It's a rematch of last year's playoff but hopefully not the same result as the Cavaliers swept the Pacers in four games. The under is 4-0 in the last four Cavs games played on three or more days of rest. IN has played good ball the last month or two and have a belief it can win this series. IN quickly went on a 12-2 run to restore a 17 point lead and that was that. Now that they've been paired up against the Cavaliers, Indiana will be vying to duplicate the success they had against Cleveland in the regular season. "We only have four guys left from that (2016) championship team (Love, James, Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith), but we have a lot of savvy veteran guys who have a ton of experience".

The Cavaliers no longer have a "Big Three", so they're going to need big performances from their "Dynamic Duo" if they are to have another long playoff run. The Odds Shark website reports that for the money line the Cavs are priced from -310 to -325 at various sportsbooks.

Personally I find it a bit ironic that the Pacers have to go through LeBron one more time.

One constant has been Jordan Clarkson, who finished second in the National Basketball Association in bench scoring at 13.9 ppg and notched double-figures in 20 of his 28 games as a Cavalier.

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