Pacers at Thunder - 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 -5.5 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSMW, FSOK, NBATV
The Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Tuesday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Indiana Pacers look to stay hot with wins in six of their last seven games. On the season, the Pacers are averaging 96.2 points on 43.7 percent shooting and are allowing 97.2 points on 44 percent shooting. George Hill is averaging 13.5 points and 3.7 assists while David West is averaging 12.8 points and 7.3 rebounds. C.J. Miles is shooting 47.6 percent from the field and Rodney Stuckey is dishing three assists. The Indiana Pacers are suddenly back in the playoff race and have to be thrilled if Paul George is still on pace to return next month. The Pacers have quickly found their groove offensively, as they’re shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from downtown in their last five games.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder have playoffs on their mind with wins in six straight games. On the season, OKC is averaging 101.2 points on 44.5 percent shooting and is allowing 98.6 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 26.1 points and eight assists while Enes Kanter is averaging 15 points and 12.5 rebounds. Serge Ibaka is grabbing 7.8 rebounds and Dion Waiters is shooting 38.4 percent from the field. The Oklahoma City Thunder have a two-game lead on the eighth spot but have to be worried about Kevin Durant and his consistent injuries. The Thunder are averaging 112.4 points in their last five games, but you have to wonder if they can keep that up with their leader still nursing a foot injury.
The Pacers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Central. The Pacers are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
Durant or no Durant, the Thunder are on a roll and are a far better team than the Pacers. Look for Indiana to struggle to keep up offensively, and for the Thunder to cover the reasonable number.