Indiana faces Cleveland, looks to end 4-game skid
Cleveland Cavaliers (34-21, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Indiana Pacers (19-37, 13th in the Eastern Conference)
Indianapolis; Friday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Indiana aims to end its four-game slide when the Pacers play Cleveland.
The Pacers are 8-27 against Eastern Conference opponents. Indiana is 11-13 in games decided by 10 points or more.
The Cavaliers are 6-3 against Central Division opponents. Cleveland is fourth in the Eastern Conference scoring 47.2 points per game in the paint led by Jarrett Allen averaging 12.7.
The teams meet for the third time this season. In the last meeting on Feb. 6 the Cavaliers won 98-85 led by 22 points from Cedi Osman, while Chris Duarte scored 22 points for the Pacers.
TOP PERFORMERS: Duarte is averaging 13.6 points for the Pacers. Caris LeVert is averaging 19.7 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 44.5% over the last 10 games for Indiana.
Darius Garland is averaging 19.9 points and 8.1 assists for the Cavaliers. Kevin Love is averaging 2.6 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Cleveland.
LAST 10 GAMES: Pacers: 2-8, averaging 111.2 points, 45.6 rebounds, 24.8 assists, 5.5 steals and 4.3 blocks per game while shooting 44.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 121.8 points per game.
Cavaliers: 7-3, averaging 101.5 points, 46.2 rebounds, 24.8 assists, 7.2 steals and 4.0 blocks per game while shooting 45.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 99.4 points.
INJURIES: Pacers: Ricky Rubio: out for season (knee), T.J. McConnell: out (wrist), Myles Turner: out (foot), T.J. Warren: out (foot/health and safety protocols), Isaiah Jackson: day to day (ankle), Malcolm Brogdon: day to day (achilles).
Cavaliers: Collin Sexton: out for season (knee), Lauri Markkanen: out (ankle).