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Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana Attendance: 15,630
Pacers going for 8th straight when they host Cavs
Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers
- The Cavaliers have dropped back-to-back home games, losing last time out to the Sixers, 128-105. It was Cleveland's sixth loss by at least 20 points this season, tied with the Bulls, Knicks and Magic for most in the Eastern Conference.
- Matthew Dellavedova made four total three-pointers in 12 games with the Bucks this season. In four games with Cleveland, Dellavedova is 9-of-17 from three (52.9 percent) and 54.8 percent from the field. It is his third career four-game span shooting 50.0+ percent from three and the field (min. 15 3PA).
- The Pacers have won seven straight games, holding opponents to under 100 points in five of those seven wins and allowing 101 points in the other two. Indiana is allowing a league-best 101.2 points per game this season and is one of five teams with an improved opponent scoring average from last season (-3.0).
- Victor Oladipo scored 26 points against the Knicks on Sunday, his highest total since returning from injury on December 16. Oladipo made a season-high five threes in the win on eight attempts after going 1-of-6 in his first two games back and 19-of-64 (29.7 percent) in the eight games prior to his injury.
- The Pacers beat the Cavaliers in Cleveland on October 7, 119-107. Indiana attempted a season-low 13 threes in the game while shooting a season-best 64.9 percent from the field overall. It stands as the highest field-goal percentage in any game this season and one of only four over 60.0 percent.
- Cleveland averages 13.8 turnovers, fourth fewest in the Eastern Conference while Indiana forces 16.2 turnovers per games, third most in the East. The Pacers scored 30 points off turnovers in their October win versus the Cavaliers and have gone 8-2 this season when scoring at least 20 points off turnovers.
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INDIANAPOLIS -- As far as Indiana Pacers point guard Darren Collison is concerned, there are several factors responsible for the team's seven-game winning streak.
"We're moving the ball a little better," Collison said. "We're caring about each other, not just about ourselves. Everybody is making the right plays. It comes down to defense. We play defense the way we've been playing, we can get whatever we want on the offensive end."
Shooting guard Victor Oladipo watched the first four games of the winning streak from the bench while sidelined a sore right knee, but has been able to play the past three games.
"We're playing great team ball," Oladipo said. "At the end of day we're playing for one another. We've brought our defense all seven games. Now we have to bring our defense night in and night out."
The Pacers (20-10) will face visiting Cleveland (7-23) Tuesday night. Indiana didn't pull away from the New York Knicks (9-22) until late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 110-99 victory.
"This is the NBA, they're going to come in a bring it as much as New York did," Collison said of the Cavaliers. "Anybody can get a win. We have to have that humble mentality and understand that is going to be the case Tuesday night and be ready to play."
Tighter defense in the fourth quarter has been key for the Pacers during close games in the winning streak.
"(Assistant coach) Dan Burke had done a good job with us all year long of helping us be where we need to be every single day," Collison said. "It's just something embedded in our heads now where we have to be in the spots to help our teammates."
During the winning streak, Indiana has held opponents to 97.4 points per 100 possessions.
Cleveland coach Larry Drew used his 12th different starting lineup Sunday as the injury-plagued Cavaliers lost to visiting Philadelphia 128-105. The starters were outscored 90-55.
"Defensively I need them to be more sound," Drew said of the starters. "We have not been a sound defensive ball club at the start of the game and have not brought the type of physicality that I think a starting team should bring at the very beginning of the game. Your bench is supposed to bring energy, and supposed to bring defense and if that starting group is not going good, they are supposed to kind of pick up the pace."
Against Philadelphia, the bench did provide a spark. Cleveland's bench outscored Philadelphia's bench 50-38.
"We have an energized bench and I love that about those guys," Drew said. "(The starters) have to be more physical, much more aggressive and they have to move the basketball. When the ball sticks that's when we get in trouble. We have to move the ball from side to side. I was talking some of our coaches and with our team, margin for error is small. We have to accept that. I'm talking about bad shot selection. I'm talking about not making the extra pass and defensively not getting back. We have to do all the little things because those little things sum up to be things for our ball club."
Cavaliers rookie starting guard Collin Sexton, who averages 15.3 points, said the team has to keep moving and sharing the ball to improve offensive play.
"I felt we did some things good at certain points, but we have to do it consistently and throughout the entire game," Sexton said. "We got stagnant (offensively) in the fourth quarter."
The Cavaliers will be without Tristan Thompson, who has missed the last three games with a left foot sprain.
The Pacers played without backup guard Tyreke Evans, who was sidelined with a bruised knee. His status is questionable for the game with the Cavaliers.
Meanwhile, Oladipo had the best game since he returned with 26 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including 5-of-8 3-pointers.
Oladipo said he is nearly 100 percent physically after missing 11 games with the knee injury.
Updated December 18, 2018