In this high caliber duel between two of the three best squads of each conference, the second in the West Denver Nuggets (45-22), are hosting the third in the East Indiana Pacers (44-25), with both teams coming off two straight wins and are looking to extend those winning streaks tonight.
Date/Time: 03-16-2019, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Denver Nuggets -7
Denver Nuggets have a 45-22 record (36-31 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the West. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won at home against the Mavericks with a 100-99 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Nikola Jokic with 20.2 ppg, adding team highs both in dimes made with 7.6 and in boards grabbed with 10.8 per game. He is followed by Jamal Murray with 18.3 ppg, 4.2 boards and 4.9 dimes per game.
Indiana Pacers have a 44-25 record (35-34 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third place of the East. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Thunder with a 108-106 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Victor Oladipo with 18.8 ppg, adding 5.6 boards and 5.2 dimes per game but he will miss the rest of the season with an injury. He is followed by Bojan Bogdanovic with 17.8 ppg and 4.1 boards per game.
In their two meetings last season each team won once at home (Nuggets by three points and Pacers by 10 in overtime). Nuggets have a 29-6 home record, while the Pacers are 17-16 on the road. Nuggets are better offensively, scoring 112.1 ppg to Pacers’ 108.2, while Pacers are better defensively, allowing 103.9 ppg to Nuggets’ 107.1. Pacers have better percentages both in field goals (47.6% to 46.9%) and in 3-pointers (37.4% to 35.7%). Nuggets on the other hand are better in dimes made (27.8 to 26) and in boards grabbed (46.7 to 43) and both teams are almost equal in turnovers committed (13.1 to 13.4). Nuggets are the favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -7 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home win.
Indiana Pacers vs Denver Nuggets Prediction: Denver Nuggets -7 (-109)
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