Pelicans vs. Pacers - 1/8/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (20-15) at New Orleans Pelicans (11-23)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 8, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +2.5 -- Over/Under: 206 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSMW, FSN
The Indiana Pacers and New Orleans Pelicans meet Friday night at the Smoothie King Center.
The Indiana Pacers look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 102.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 98.4 points on 44 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 24.6 points and 7.7 rebounds while C.J. Miles is averaging 13.9 points and 1.1 assists. George Hill is grabbing 3.9 rebounds and Monta Ellis is dishing 4.7 assists. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free throw line. The Pacers are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15.8 turnovers per game. The Indiana Pacers have lost seven of their last 10 road games.
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The New Orleans Pelicans could also use a victory after splitting their last 10 games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 101.4 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 106.2 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 23.5 points and 11.2 rebounds while Ryan Anderson is averaging 16.6 points and 6.2 rebounds. Eric Gordon is dishing 2.6 assists and Tyreke Evans is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free throw line. The Pelicans are allowing 38.2 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12.5 turnovers per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last eight home games. Quincy Pondexter is questionable with a knee injury.
The Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-11 ATS in their last 14 vs. Western Conference. The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss. The Pacers are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in New Orleans and 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.
The Pelcians are desprate to get back on track and need to put together some nice wins to get back in the playoff race before it's too late. I don't trust the Pacers on the road at all with losses in seven of their last 10. I'll take a shot with New Orleans and the free bucket at home.