Pacers vs. Clippers - 12/10/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (15-5) at Indiana Pacers (7-14)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers +6.5 -- Over/Under: 200 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSW2, FSMW
The Los Angeles Clippers and Indiana Pacers play Wednesday night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Los Angeles Clippers have won eight straight games and will begin a three-game road trip. On the season, the Clippers are averaging 107.1 points on 48.4 percent shooting and are allowing 99.6 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Blake Griffin leads the Clippers with 24 points and 7.6 rebounds while Chris Paul is averaging 18.1 points and 9.9 assists. Jamal Crawford is shooting 44.4 percent from the field and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 12.3 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers are back to their elite offensive ways, shooting 52.2 percent from the field and 41 percent from three in their last five games. The Clippers have won 12 straight games when scoring 100 or more points, and they’ve done so in every game during this winning streak.
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The Indiana Pacers have lost five straight games and aren’t improving much even though they’re healthy for the most part. On the season, the Pacers are averaging 93.4 points on 42.5 percent shooting and are allowing 96.9 points on 45.7 percent shooting. David West leads Indiana with 13.2 points and 6.3 rebounds while Rodney Stuckey is averaging 12.9 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Roy Hibbert is averaging 7.7 rebounds per game and Donald Sloan is averaging 4.8 assists. The Indiana Pacers are shooting just 41.6 percent from the field and 29.2 percent from three in their last five games, numbers that are even below their season averages. About the only thing the Pacers do well is rebounding, as their 46 rebounds per contest is good for second in the league.
The Clippers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Central. The Pacers are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest. The Clippers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Indiana and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
I'm looking at the rebounding difference in this game, as the Pacers are the second-best rebounding team in the league and the Clippersare averaging just 39.2 rebounds per game. Assuming Indiana can continue to control the glass, it will have a shot in this game. Give me the Pacers and the points.