Two teams from different conferences currently on opposite trajectories are clashing today, when the hot Indiana Pacers (16-11), who want to extend a lengthy winning streak, are hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder (12-14), who want to bounce back after their latest defeat.
Date/Time: 12-13-2017, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Indiana Pacers -1.5
Pacers have a 16-11 record (17-10 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 5th place of the East. They have four consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against Denver in overtime with a 126-116 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Victor Oladipo with 24.5 ppg, adding 5.3 rebounds per game. He is followed by Bojan Bogdanovic with 14.6 ppg, while Miles Turner adds 14.4 ppg and 7.4 rebounds per game.
Thunder have a 12-14 record (8-18 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 9th place of the West. They have lost two of their last three matches and in their last game they lost at home against Charlotte with a 103-116 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Russell Westbrook with 23 ppg, adding team highs both in rebounds with 9.1 per game and in assists, with 9.8 per game. He is followed by Paul George with 20.6 ppg and 5.8 rebounds, while Carmelo Anthony adds 18 ppg and 6.4 rebounds.
In their previous matchup earlier this season, Thunder won easily at home with a 114-96 score. Pacers are 10-4 at home so far this season, while Thunder are 3-9 on the road. Pacers are better offensively, scoring 109 ppg to Thunder’s 101.8, while Thunder are better defensively, allowing a third-best of 99.6 ppg to Pacers’ 107.5. Pacers have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 48% to Thunder’s second-worse of 43.6% and in 3-pointers, shooting with a second-best of 39.5% to Thunder’s third-worse of 33.9%. They are also better in assists made, with 23.2 to Thunder’s 20.5 and in turnovers committed (14 to 15.1), while Thunder are only better in rebounding (43.3 to 42.6). Pacers are rolling lately and Vegas odds give them a -1.5 spread and expect them to beat those odds easily for the home victory today.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Indiana Pacers Prediction: Indiana Pacers -1.5 (-110)
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