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Pacers vs Pelicans NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Indiana Pacers at New Orleans Pelicans
  • Where: New Orleans at Smoothie King Center
  • Date: Monday, December 26th
  • Betting Odds NO -7, IND +203 | NO -250 O/U 233.0

So far, the Pacers have put together an overall record of 17-16, while going 19-14-0 vs the spread. In today’s game, Indiana will look to extend their 2 game winning streak. This has come while posting an average scoring margin of 4.0.

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The Pacers are coming off a 111-108 win over the Heat. This away win came despite entering the game as the 6 point underdogs. Although Indiana trailed the Heat going into halftime, by the end of the 3rd quarter they had taken the lead. Leading the team in scoring was Tyrese Haliburton, as he contributed 43 points while hitting 70.0% of his shots.

So far, the Pelicans have put together an overall record of 20-12, while going 17-15-0 vs the spread. In today’s game, New Orleans will look to extend their 2 game winning streak. Over this stretch, they have an average scoring margin of 6.0 points.

New Orleans is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Thunder at home. With the 128-125 victory, they also covered the spread as 2 point underdogs. New Orleans went on to win the game, as they led by 18 heading into halftime. In the win, Trey Murphy III led the team in scoring with 23 points on a field goal percentage of 61.5%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I Similar to their season-long average, the Pacers averaged 112.0 points per game vs the Pelicans. Just like the Pacers, the Pelicans maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 105.5 points per game vs Indiana. In terms of betting, Indiana has an ATS record of 3-1-1 in the previous 5 matchups vs New Orleans. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +4 points per game in favor of the Pacers. Over the course of these games, they averaged 228 points per game, leading a 3-2 over-under record.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

This season, the Indiana offense is ranked 13th in the NBA in scoring at 114.6 points per game. The Pacers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.9 made 3’s per game. In addition to their strong outside shooting numbers, the team is playing at one of the fastest paces in the NBA, averaging 100.7 possessions per contest.

On defense, the Pacers will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 26th ranked unit in points allowed per game.

On offense, Tyrese Haliburton leads the Pacers in scoring at 20.7 points per game, placing him 47th in the NBA. Overall, Haliburton has hit 48.1% of his shots while accounting for 17.3% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 9th in points allowed to point-guards. At 17.5 points per game, Buddy Hield is the 2nd leading scorer for the Pacers. For the season, he is 168th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 44.7%.

Coming into today’s action, New Orleans is averaging 117.9 points per contest. This figure places them 3rd in the league. In terms of pace, the Pelicans are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 101.4 possessions per game. New Orleans has been effective on offense due to the fact that they not only play an up-tempo style, but they have one of the best effective field goal percentages in the league at 54.7%.

Defensively, New Orleans has had its problems giving up an average of 110.28 points per game (13th).

Power-Foward Zion Williamson currently leads the Pelicans at 25.2 points per game. For the season, he is 33rd in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 17.9% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Williamson is averaging 7.2 boards and 4.7 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 12th ranked defense at defending power-fowards. CJ McCollum enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 28 games, he is averaging 19.4 and is 149th in the league in player efficiency rating.

Pacers vs Pelicans Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Pelicans -7
  • Free Total Prediction: Under 233.0

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