The Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers figure to be a fun 4-5 matchup in the first round of the NBA playoffs, and LeBron James seeks to extend a remarkable playoff streak.
James, who has played in seven consecutive NBA Finals, has understandably been very effective in the first round of the playoffs, winning all 12 such series in his career, dating back to 2006. But in recent years he has been even more dominant in the opening round, winning 21 straight first-round playoff games.
His last first-round loss came with the Heat in 2012, losing Game 4 to the Knicks before closing out the series in five games. James in the first round of the playoffs is a remarkable 48-7 (.873).
Indiana was expected to be an also-ran this season, projected by Bovada during the preseason with an over/under of just 31½ victories. Instead they finished 48-34, good for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Pacers even beat the Cavs in three of their four regular season matchups. But to continue that success this postseason and reach the second round for the first time in four years, Indiana will have to get past LeBron, which has proven to be damn near impossible for the last dozen years.
Cavaliers vs. Pacers Game 1 info
Location: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
Game time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Announcers: Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters
Online streaming: Watch ESPN
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