Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Indiana Pacers - 2/24/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (23-33) at Oklahoma City Thunder (31-25)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -7 -- Over/Under: 203 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers look to stay hot tonight when they visit the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Indiana Pacers have won six of their last seven and will be going for a fourth straight win after taking down the Curry-less Warriors by 104-98 on Sunday. Things didn't look good for the Pacers after they fell behind by 38-26 after the first quarter, but they really turned it around in the 32-19 second quarter and never looked back. Rodney Stuckey exploded for 30 points on 11 of 17 shooting off the bench while CJ Miles added 13 points as the Pacers improved to 23-33 on the season, good enough for ninth place in the Eastern Conference, just one game behind Brooklyn for the last spot in the playoff standings.
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Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been absolutely gunning for the last spot in the Western Conference and it's no surprise that with Kevin Durant out, Russell Westbrook has taken the reins and taken over. The Thunder have won their last six straight and are coming off a 119-94 demolition of the Nuggets thanks to 21 points and a career-high 17 assists from Westbrook. Serge Ibaka added 20 points and eight blocks while newly recruited Enes Kanter added 20 points and 12 boards as the Thunder continue to win without their leading scoring and MVP in Durant. With the win, Oklahoma City improves to 31-25 on the season, putting them two games clear of the ninth-placed New Orleans team.
In ATS trends, the Pacers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, while the Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games and 6-0 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the Pacers are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings and the Over is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings in Oklahoma City.
The Thunder have won 11 of 12 meetings at home and eight of nine home meetings with the Pacers, so it's really hard for me to back against them in this one, even with Durant out. Westbrook has just been on an absolute tear lately and I think he'll be too tough to stop at home once again.