Brooklyn Nets vs. Indiana Pacers - 11/9/13
Indiana Pacers (5-0) at Brooklyn Nets (2-2)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets -3 -- Over/Under: 186.5 See the Latest Odds
The Brooklyn Nets try to cool off the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night from Barclays Arena.
Head to head, the Pacers are 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings and 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Brooklyn while the road team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The Nets are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, but just 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600. The Pacers on the other hand are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 0 days rest, 13-6 ATS in their last 19 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
The Brooklyn Nets fell under .500 for the first time this season with their 112-108 overtime loss against the Washington Wizards on Friday night in the nation's capital. Despite holding a double-digit lead in the final quarter, the Nets couldn't hold off the Wizards as they committed 23 turnovers, including nine the cruicual third quarter. Brook Lopez top scored for Brooklyn with 23 points while newcomers Kevin Garnett and Paul Peirce were held to a combined eight points on 3-16 shooting. On the season, the Nets are ranked in the bottom third in the NBA in points per game (96.3) and rebounds (39.5) are in the bottom half in points allowed (98.3) as well.
Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers come into tonight's showdown as the hottest team in the leauge having won their sixth straight game on Friday night over the visiting Toronto Raptors 91-84. The Pacers have picked up right where they left off last season, led by their young superstar in Paul Goerge, who is having an MVP type start to the season with averages of 25.8 points and 8.2 rebounds, while dishing out four assists per game. As a team, the Pacers continue to be one of the premier defensive unit's in all of basketball, leading in the league in points allowed (84.4) and they are fourth in rebounding, pulling in just under 46 boards per game.
I don't really understand how you can be giving the league's hottest team three points here. The Nets are a talented team and they will likely finish in the top four in the East when it's all said and done, but they aren't playing great basketball at the moment. Both teams are coming off games last night, but Brooklyn is an older squad and they played in overtime, so it should effect them more than Indiana, if at all. I would stay away, but taking the points seems like the way to go...
Dan's Pick: Indiana +3
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