Brooklyn Nets vs. Indiana Pacers - 3/26/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (38-33) at Brooklyn Nets (19-50)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets +5 -- Over/Under: 202.5 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers invade the Barclays Center to take on the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.
The Pacers have split their last six games but will be working on a third straight win after taking down the Pelicans by 92-84 on Thursday. Paul George scored 15 points on six of nine shooting before leaving the game with a leg bruise, but that just meant that there were more scoring opportunities for the rest of the team and Myles Turner took advantage with 24 points and 16 rebounds while CJ Miles added 19 points off the bench. Monta Ellis has been in a bit of a slump lately and was pretty quiet on Thursday, scoring just nine points on three of 12 shooting but look for him to increase that production if George is unable to suit up on Saturday. Indiana are currently in seventh position in the Eastern Conference with a record of 38-33 on the season leaving them just half a game ahead of Detroit who are in eighth place.
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Meanwhile, the Nets have lost seven of their last nine games but you wouldn't have known that if you saw them in their 104-95 win over the Cavaliers on Thursday. Brook Lopez had a huge game of 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Shane Larkin added 16 points with seven assists while Bojan Bogdanovic had 12 points as the Nets battled with the Cavaliers for three quarters before pulling away with a dominant 24-12 fourth quarter to come out with the upset win. Brooklyn are still mired near the bottom of the standings with a record of just 20-51 on the season, but they showed that they are looking to play the role of spoiler for the remainder of the season.
In ATS trends, the Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 games following a win, while the Nets are 5-0 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a win.
Head to head, the Pacers are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Brooklyn and the road team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall.
The Nets really surprised me with how well they played against the Cavaliers on Thursday, but the playoffs are just around the corner and the Pacers need this win too badly and should be more than good enough to get the win and cover in this one.