Game 1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first-round series looked ugly. The Indiana Pacers jumped out to a 30-10 lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 98-80 victory, snapping LeBron James’ (pictured above) record of 21 straight wins in the opening round.
LeBron did his part, scoring 24 points with 12 assists and 10 rebounds but got little help from the rest of the starters. Kevin Love, Jeff Green, Rodney Hood and George Hill combined for 25 points. Making matters worse, Cleveland who finished the season sixth in three-point percentage (37.2%), made only eight of 34 attempts (23.5%) on Sunday.
The Cavs embarrassing loss not only put them in an early hole but it also hurt casual bettors. Cleveland received 63% of spread tickets and 64% of spread dollars as a 7-point favorite in Game 1. The public hasn’t forgotten the slight and is fading LeBron in Game 2 as 64% of bets have fallen on Indiana.
Squares are hitting the panic button, should bettors jump off the Cavs bandwagon?