NBA Game Preview – Cavs Vs Pacers

Dean Riley - 06 Feb 2022

Currently 5th on the Eastern Conference rankings, the Cleveland Cavaliers the undisputed favourites as they prepare to head-to-head with the Indiana Pacers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Arena on Monday, Feb. 7.

The Cavs finding themselves one and a half games off the top spot is largely thanks to Rising Stars contenders Isaac Okoro and Evan Mobley. 

With both NBA players selected for a Rising Stars appearance later this month, it’s good to see due recognition being paid to players and franchise.

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Cavs More Than Just Underdogs

More good news for the Cavs is the return of Collin Sexton, both at home as well as to road games. While the Cavs have not yet said whether Sexton will be returning to the court in time for the game against the Pacers, his joining the team on the road appears to be a good sign he might be close to making his return to the hardwood.

With the Cavs clearly more than just the feel-good story of the year, it’s perhaps time to recognise that they’re now officially a worthy contender in terms of a possible title. Plus, they’ve got what matters most in the league: chemistry.

One needn’t look far to find examples of teams played by chemistry issues and just how enormous an effect such a thing can have on a franchise. Consider the 76ers and Ben Simmons; not to mention the Brooklyn Nets and the emerging situation around James Harden.

Even though the Cavs seem to have adopted a mentality of being the underdogs this season, other teams are starting to notice their standings and rise to the top. This will likely emerge a definite psychological edge when they go up against the Pacers.

Struggles Continue For Pacers

The last time the Pacers did anything noteworthy had been when they finished fourth in the Eastern Conference of 2019-20. Since then, they’ve pretty much been on a slippery slope.

They’ve currently sitting not-so-pretty at No. 13 in the Eastern Conference standings.

But instead of dumping the dead wood and going for better picks, according to owner Herb Simon, the Pacers are going to try and win every game they play from here on out. Simon said despite the poor standings, he believes in the current makeup of the team as well as its ability to improve.

Right now, it does seem as if the Pacers are in desperate need of rediscovering their identity. Until then, we’re bound to see worse than just a rough few weeks ahead.

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