In this battle between two teams sitting on opposite sides of their respective conference, the third in the East Indiana Pacers (38-20), looking to bounce back after their latest defeat, are hosting the third-worse in the West New Orleans Pelicans (26-33), who on the other hand want to turn their latest victory into a streak.
Date/Time: 02-22-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Indiana Pacers -6.5
Indiana Pacers have a 38-20 record (30-28 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third place of the East. In their last game they saw a six-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against the Bucks with a 97-106 score, not 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 16.8 ppg and 4 boards per game.
New Orleans Pelicans have a 26-33 record (28-30-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third to last place of the West. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against the Thunder with a 131-122 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Anthony Davis with 28.5 ppg, adding 4.2 dimes and a team high 13.1 boards per game. He is followed by Jrue Holiday with 20.9 ppg, 5.1 boards and a team high 8 dimes per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Pacers won on the road with a 107-109 score. Pacers have a 22-8 home record, while the Pelicans are 9-22 on the road. Pelicans are better offensively, scoring 115.6 ppg to Pacers’ 108.1, while Pacers are better defensively, allowing 102.9 ppg to Pelicans’ 114.8. Both teams have the same field goal percentage (47.8%), while Pacers have a better 3-point percentage (37.1% to 34.8%). Pelicans are better both in boards grabbed (47 to 43.3) and in dimes made (26.8 to 26.1), while Pacers are better in turnovers committed (13.5 to 13.9). Pacers are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -6.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Indiana Pacers Prediction: Indiana Pacers -6.5 (-106)
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