New Orleans Pelicans vs. Indiana Pacers Pick-Odds-Prediction 10/30/13
Indiana Pacers (1-0) at New Orleans Pelicans (0-0)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 8:00 pm (New Orleans Arena)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +2 -- Over/Under: 185 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers head to the Big Easy on Wednesday to take on the New Orleans Pelicans.
The New Orleans Hornets…I mean Pelicans are hoping for a better year this season, after going just 27-55 last season. The Pelicans did show some improvement last season, especially late in the year, but this team still has a ways to go if they are going to contend. The Pelicans have Anthony Davis back, who led the team in rebounds last season with an average of 8.2, and having him on the floor with an extra year under his belt is definitely a good thing. Look for the Hornets to struggle once again this season, but the Pelicans were solid in the preseason, earning some quality wins, so the Pelicans may surprise some teams, especially early on in the season.
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The Indiana Pacers are starting off the season strong this year, after defeating the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night in their opener. The Pacers defeated the Magic 97-87. Indiana got out of the gate a little sluggish on Tuesday against the Magic, but came alive in the second half, taking back the lead from Orlando, and cruising to the relatively easy win. The pacers were led by their offensive star from a season ago in Paul George, who finished the night with 24 points and six boards. Roy Hibbert was again a force, with 16 rebounds, and also contributing double digit points on the night were Stephenson and David West.
The Indiana Pacers are 2-4 against the spread in their last six games, and just 1-5 overall in their last six road games. The Pacers are also just 2-4 against the spread in their last six games on the road. The Pelicans are 0-5 overall in their last five games, and the Pelicans are 1-5 straight up in their last six games against the Pacers. The total has gone under the number in 17 of the last 22 games for the Pelicans.
I’m going to take the Pelicans in this spot. Indiana is the better team, but getting points at home with a team on their home opener is tough to pass up. Another thing to consider here is, around 88 percent of the bets offshore have been placed on the Pacers, but yet the number has dropped from -3 to -2 for Indiana, meaning some bigger money has likely come in on the Pelicans.