Los Angeles Clippers vs. Indiana Pacers - 12/17/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (8-17) at Los Angeles Clippers (17-7)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -11 -- Over/Under: 201 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers travel to STAPLES Center to take on the Los Angeles Clippers tonight.
The Indiana Pacers haven't exactly been piling up the wins this season, but they were able to snap an eight-game skid on Monday with a 110-91 rout of the Lakers. Rodney Stuckey flirted with a triple double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists while CJ Miles added 20 points off the bench as the Pacers stormed out to 34-15 lead at the end of the first quarter and 60-27 at halftime before letting the foot off the gas the rest of the way. Despite the win, Indiana are still only 8-17 on the season and 5-8 at home. In injury news, George Hill took part in a full-court scrimmage on Tuesday and could be back before Christmas.
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Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers have won five straight at home and looked to be in mid-season form in Monday's 113-91 rout of the lowly Pistons after losing back to back games to the Wizards and the Bucks. Blake Griffin led the way with 18 points and seven assists while Chris Paul had 11 points and eight assists hit the ground running and led by as many as 27 points in the confidence-building blowout. With the win, LA improves to 17-7 overall and 9-3 at home.
In ATS trends, the Pacers are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Head to head, the Road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the Over is 5-2 in the last seven.
I would be all over the Pacers if this game was played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, but at the STAPLES Center, the Clippers have simply been blowing teams away by double digits night after night. I think the Clippers hit the ground running again and blow the Pacers away late.