While an NBA favorite won for the 17th straight game in Cleveland today, it was nice to see some spread drama.

After trailing by 11 at halftime, the Pacers outscored LeBron and the Cavs 31-22 in the third quarter to set up a nail-biting (and sweat-dripping) fourth quarter.

With LeBron sitting to start the fourth, the Cavs received a massive shot in the arm from ex-Pacer George Hill, who missed the past three games with back spasms. Hill gave the Cavs a much-needed spark, and the home team found themselves up nine (97-88) with a little over four minutes to play.

But the Pacers weren’t going anywhere. Led by Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, the Pacers kept clawing back — and, after a questionable offensive foul called on LeBron (that easily could’ve gone the other way), the Pacers found themselves down four (100-96) with 50 seconds to go.

The Cavs stood tall, at least temporarily, and LeBron answered back with a big layup with 30 seconds left to push the lead back to six, putting Cavs spread bettors back in the green. After a missed 3 by Oladipo, LeBron grabbed a board and Cavs -5.5 backers started to celebrate.

But veteran sports bettors knew there could be another chapter written

George Hill split two free throws with six seconds left — giving the Pacers one last-gasp chance at a cover.

And …

Oladipo nonchalantly buries a 3-pointer with less than a second left for the cover. Epic.

Most ended up on the right side of this one, as 62% of the betting of tickets were on the Pacers +5.5. Nothing better than Sunday sweats on the sofa.

 


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