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Indiana Pacers vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 1/4/14

New Orleans Pelicans (14-16) at Indiana Pacers (25-6)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

The Line: Indiana Pacers -10.5 -- Over/Under: 196.5 See the Latest Odds


The Indiana Pacers look to get back in the winner's circle tonight when they take on the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Pelicans have won four of their last six and were able to escape Boston with a win last night, beating the Celtics by 95-92 behind a game-high 23 points from Anthony Davis. Tyreke Evans added 16 points of his own, including a key basket late to lead the New Orleans to 15-16 on the season and 6-11 on the road. However, the win came at a cost as Ryan Anderson was taken from the court on a stretcher after a nasty collision and hurt his neck. The extent of his injury isn't known at the moment but he is definitely out for tonight's game.

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Indiana Pacers vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 1/4/14

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Meanwhile, the Pacers were on a five-game win streak until getting beaten by the Raptors by 95-82 back on Wednesday. Roy Hibbert led the team with in points, scoring 16 before getting fouled out and Paul George added 12, but the Pacers committed a season-worst 23 turnovers, six of which came from George. In a sense, the Pacers had a taste of their own medicine and simply got caught out but they've had three days off and should be eager to make amends for that rare loss. As it stands, Indiana drops to 25-6 overall and 10-5 on the road.

In ATS trends, the Pelicans are 8-20-1 ATS in their last 29 road games and 3-8-2 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a winning record, while the Pacers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record and 6-0 ATS in their last six games coming off a double digit loss.

Head to head, the Pelicans are just 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings overall but a dominant 5-2 ATS in the last seven in Indiana.

The Pelicans have been enjoying plenty of success in their last few games, but they will be devastated that they lost Anderson to  injury last night. Meanwhile, the Pacers are coming off a rare loss and I'm looking for them to take advantage of the shorthanded Pelicans and win this one by double digits.

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