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Pacers vs Thunder NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Indiana Pacers at Oklahoma City Thunder
- Where: Oklahoma City at Paycom Center
- Date: Wednesday, January 18th
- Betting Odds OKC -4.5, IND +148 | OKC -180 O/U 240.5
The Pacers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 23-22. So far, the team has gone 26-18-1 against the spread. The Pacers head into today’s action in the midst of a 4 game losing streak. This has come while posting an average scoring margin of -9.75.
Indiana is trying to bounce back from a 132-119 loss to the Bucks. Going into this game, the team was 5 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Indiana missed out on an opportunity to add a win to their resume, as they held a 11 point lead going into halftime. In the loss, Myles Turner led the team in scoring with 30 points on a field goal percentage of 64.7%.
So far, the Thunder have put together an overall record of 21-23, while going 28-16-0 vs the spread. Oklahoma City comes into the game having rattled off 3 straight wins. In these victories, the team has an average scoring margin of 14.33 points per game
Oklahoma City is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Nets at home. With the 112-102 victory, they also covered the spread as 4 point underdogs. Even though Oklahoma City did not immediately put a dent in their halftime deficit as they trailed by 5 points heading into 4th, they still managed to come out on top. Leading the team in scoring was Josh Giddey, as he contributed 28 points while hitting 57.1% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
Last year, the Pacers and Thunder played to a series split, with each team winning on the road. Between the two teams, they combined to average 229.0 points per contest. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Pacers averaged 119.0 points per game vs Oklahoma City, which was an increase over their season-long average. On the other side, the Thunder also experienced an uptick in scoring during head-to-head matchups, averaging 119.5 points per game vs Indiana. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the Pacers have an average scoring margin of +13 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 3-2. A combined average of 233 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 4-1.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Pacers come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 115.5 points per game (10th). The Pacers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.2 made 3’s per game. If the Indiana offense is going to continue to produce at a high level, they will need to do a better job taking care of the ball as they are turning the ball over at an above-average rate.
On defense, the Pacers will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 26th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
Indiana will be counting Buddy Hield to put together a strong scoring performance vs the Oklahoma City, as Tyrese Haliburton has been ruled out for today’s game. So far, Haliburton leads the team in scoring at 20.2 points per game. Hield is 2nd on the team at 18.0 points per contest, which sits 67.0th in the NBA. In his 45 games, he has hit 45.0% of his field goal attempts, and is grabbing 4.9 rebounds per game.
Oklahoma City will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 116.8 points per game (9th). For the season, the Thunder have been playing an up-tempo style of basketball as they sit 3rd in the NBA in possessions per game.. Even though the unit has one of the lower effective field goal percentages in the NBA at 53.0%. Their up-tempo style of play has given them enough opportunites to make up for their poor shooting numbers.
Against the Pacers, the Thunder will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 15th in points allowed.
This season, the Thunder offense has primarily worked through Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 40 games, Gilgeous-Alexander is 5th in the NBA at 30.6 points per game. So far, him and Giddey have accounted for 37% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 46.6 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Josh Giddey is grabbing 8.0 rebounds for Oklahoma City to go along with 5.7 assists.
Pacers vs Thunder Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Pacers +4.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 240.5
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