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Charlotte Bobcats vs. Indiana Pacers - 3/5/14

Indiana Pacers (46-13) at Charlotte Bobcats (27-33)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)

The Line: Charlotte Bobcats +5 -- Over/Under: 191.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Indiana Pacers head to the Queens City to take on the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.

Head to head, the Pacers are 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Charlotte while the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Bobcats are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. loss, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Pacers on the other hand are 36-16-1 ATS in their last 53 games following a S.U. loss, but just 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 0 days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.

One thing I’ve noticed when covering the Indiana Pacers is that they don’t particularly perform well away from home and playing on zero days rest, which is exactly the case for them tonight. The Pacers started the season off covering the spread in most of their road games, but that hasn’t been the case these past couple of months as they are just 10-2 ATS in their last 12 away from home and are 3-10 against the spread in their last 13 when playing on zero days rest. What did they do when playing both on the road and on no rest, well lets have a look at their last six:

Loss in Minnesota 104-91
Win in Atlanta 89-85
Loss in Denver 109-96
Loss in Atlanta 97-87
Win in Cleveland 82-78
Loss in Toronto 95-82

So you can see, even those two wins were tightly fought battles against not-so-great competition. Having said all of this, nothing changes the fact that they are coming off a loss and they are 36-16-1 against the spread in their last 53 games following a defeat.

As far as the Charlotte Bobcats are concerned, they are coming off a brutal stretch of road games which included stops in San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Miami. Needless to say, they suffered losses in all three, but they did win their previous four before that and they are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five home games.

This is a tough one for reasons I just mentioned above. I'm going to say Indiana wins, but in a close one so I'm taking the points and running ...

Dan’s Pick: Charlotte+5

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Charlotte Bobcats vs. Indiana Pacers - 3/5/14

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