Game of the Night: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers

Last night – as most Fridays will be – was a hectic, action packed few hours of basketball. Tonight doesn’t have quite as many games or must see match-ups, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t reasons to watch the NBA tonight. For one, there are still some great games, and like every night, something unexpected will happen that sucks us into a game that wasn’t even on our radar.

Oct 19, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3) and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) during the game at Quicken Loans Arena. The Pacers beat the Cavaliers 102-79. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

But if you can only watch one NBA game tonight, make sure to check out the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. the Indiana Pacers. Coming into tonight’s Central Division clash, the Cavs are 1-1, following a win over the Brooklyn Nets and a surprising loss against the Charlotte Bobcats, while the Pacers are 2-0, beating both the Orlando Magic and New Orleans Pelicans.

After taking the Miami Heat to 7 games in last year’s Eastern Conference Finals, the Pacers are looking to retain ownership of the division, but have a tough task ahead of them this year, with the Bulls, Pistons and Cavs all much improved. Tonight is the first division match-up for both teams.

Unfortunately, the Cavs’ Andrew Bynum – who made his return to basketball after a year off due to injured knees – will be out tonight. Kyrie Irving, however, is good to go after there were concerns about the health of his shoulder. For the Pacers, it is business as usual, as they will send out their usual starting lineup with Paul George, David West, and Roy Hibbert leading the way.

Cavs vs. Pacers. Kyrie Irving vs. Paul George. Sounds good to me.

The Pick: The Cavs won’t go down quietly, but the Pacers should extend their recent dominance  in the match-up with a 94-87 victory.

National TV: None. 

Local TV: Fox Sports Ohio (Cavs) and Fox Sports Midwest (Pacers) or check League Pass

Time: 7:00 p.m. ET