Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Indiana Pacers - 12/8/13
Indiana Pacers (17-2) at Oklahoma City Thunder (14-4)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -5 -- Over/Under: 193.5 See the Latest Odds
Two heavyweights collide on Sunday night as the Oklahoma City Thunder host the Indiana Pacers from Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Head to head, the Pacers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings while the underdog is 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings. The Thunder are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Central and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Pacers on the other hand are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
How friggen good are the Indiana Pacers? Paul George and company improved to a league-leading 18-2 following their 111-100 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night, which was their biggest win of the season to date. In what could be a preview of the NBA finals, the Pacers came out and dominated the second and third quarters, outscoring the home team by 30 points over that period. Paul George continued his MVP-type start to the season with a game-high 28 points while dishing out six assists as every Pacers starter scored 12 points or greater, as well as Luis Scola and C.J. Watson off the bench.
The Oklahoma City Thunder come into tonight's game having won nine of 10, which is actually on par with the Pacers, but when you really look into it, they have played in a lot of close games recently. Their against the spread stats reflect this as well as they have split their 18 games to date. Indiana has been on the road for a while now, but I don't see how you could look past them getting five points against anyone in the league, at home or on the road.
There's no question the Pacers are the best defensive team we have seen in a while, but they can also score when they want too as three of their last four games have gone over 205 total points. In fact, Indiana is averaged over 100 points per game over their last 10. Meanwhile, the Thunder are averaging 107 over their last five games and they are also giving up 103 points in those contests. Kevin Durant and Paul George should be an great matchup and I think this game is played at a good pace, which means plenty of points..
Dan’s Pick: Over 192.5
Follow me on Twitter @Dan_SCP
Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports