Denver Nuggets vs. Indiana Pacers - 12/20/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (8-18) at Denver Nuggets (10-15)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets -4 -- Over/Under: 200.5 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers travel to the Pepsi Center to battle the Denver Nuggets tonight.
The Indiana Pacers have won just one of their last 11 games and are coming off a 102-100 loss against the Clippers. Seven players finished in double figures with David West and CJ Miles both leading the way with 17 points each, but the Pacers still couldn't grind out the win despite leading by six points with 7:22 left in the game. Still, it was somewhat of a moral victory as the Pacers pushed the Clippers to the brink, a team that is 18-8 on the season and has blown out so many teams already. With the loss, Indiana drops to 8-18 overall and 3-10 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets have lost seven of their last nine overall but will be looking for back to back wins after taking down the Clippers by 109-106 last night. Ty Lawson led the way with 10 points and 14 assists while Wilson Chandler added 16 points, but the Nuggets owe a lot of this win to Nate Robinson who played just 16 minutes but poured in a team-high 20 points which really helped the Nuggets recover from a terrible third quarter where they scored just 12 points. As has been the case all season, the Nuggets continue to leak points at an average of 105 ppg which ranks them 27th in the league, but they did a great job of running out to shooters and holding the Clippers to just 3 of 18 from the three point line. With the win, Denver improves to 11-15 overall and 7-6 at home.
In ATS trends, the Pacers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record but 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games, while the Nuggets are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight home games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the Pacers are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and the Over is a perfect 7-0 in the last seven meetings in Denver.
These two teams haven't been that far apart all season, but I have to give the edge to the Nuggets who have been decent at home all season and are coming off a big win over the Clippers.