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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

NBA : James, George Go Head-to-Head in Indiana on Wednesday

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Paul George of the Indiana Pacers are both headed to the All-Star Game on February 19. But before that, these two will face off on Wednesday when the Cavaliers visit Indiana.

James is going to his 13th All-Star Game, ranking in the top 10 in both scoring and assists, along with an average of 7.9 rebounds per game. He’s also second to the Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry in minutes per game, which is a bit of a concern. The Cavs should look to reduce that number in the second half of the season.

George is joining the All-Star team for the fourth time. He averages 22.5 points per game, 6.1 rebounds per game and 3.3 assists per game, and continues to bring top-class defense to the table. He’s made either the first or second All-Defensive Team in three of the last four years, and will surely be the primary defender covering James on Wednesday.

Cleveland is 6-4 SU in their last 10 games against the Pacers, but just 2-8 ATS. The Pacers won the first meeting of the season 103-93 at home as 3-point favorites, and will be an even bigger challenge on Wednesday, as they’re hot off seven straight wins.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers snapped a skid and are now on a three-game winning streak, including a 140-135 win in Washington on Monday. Now that they’re back on track, they hit the road on Wednesday for their second game against the Indiana Pacers.

This game will be highlighted by the matchup between Cleveland’s LeBron James and Indiana’s Paul George. James was absent in the first meeting between the two teams on November 16, which resulted in a 103-93 home victory for the Pacers. George had 21 points, 11 boards and five assists in that game. He’s been a big part of the Pacers’ seven-game winning streak.

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