The third-best squads of each conference are clashing in this high caliber duel, when the third in the East Indiana Pacers (43-25), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the third in the West Oklahoma City Thunder (42-26), who have lost only once in their last 4 games.
Date/Time: 03-14-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Indiana Pacers -1
Indiana Pacers have a 43-25 record (34-34 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Sixers in the third place of the East. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against the Knicks with a 103-98 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 17.8 ppg and 4.1 boards per game.
Oklahoma City Thunder have a 42-26 record (36-32 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Rockets in the third place of the West. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won at home against the Nets with a 108-96 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Paul George with 28.1 ppg, adding 8.2 boards and 4.2 dimes per game. He is followed by Russell Westbrook with 23.2 ppg, adding team highs both in boards grabbed with 11.1 and in dimes made with 10.5 per game.
Thunder won both meetings against the Pacers last season (at home by 18 points and on the road by 5). Pacers have a 26-9 home record, while the Thunder are 19-17 on the road. Thunder are better offensively, scoring 115.1 ppg to Pacers’ 108.7, while Pacers are better defensively, allowing 103.9 ppg to Thunder’s 110.9. Pacers have better percentages both in field goals (47.6% to 45.7%) and in 3-pointers (37.4% to 34.6%). Both teams are almost equal in turnovers committed (13.4 to 13.8), while Thunder are better in boards grabbed (48.2 to 43.1) and Pacers are better in dimes made (26 to 23.1). IT is going to be a close game and Vegas odds give the Pacers a -1 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds and pick the Thunder in this one.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Indiana Pacers Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder +1 (-111)
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