Thunder vs. Pacers - 2/19/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (28-25) at Oklahoma City Thunder (40-14)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -9 -- Over/Under: 215 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN, FSMW, FSOK
The Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Friday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Indiana Pacers look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 102.5 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 100.3 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 23.3 points and 7.1 rebounds while Monta Ellis is averaging 13.9 points and 4.8 assists. George Hill is dishing 3.3 assists and C.J. Miles is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Pacers are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have lost five of their last seven road games. Jordan Hill is questionable with a finger injury.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder look to keep rolling after winning six of their last seven games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 110.1 points and 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 101.9 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 27.7 points and 7.9 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 24.1 points and 10 assists. Serge Ibaka is grabbing 6.7 rebounds and Dion Waiters is dishing 1.9 assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Thunder are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.7 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won nine straight home games.
The Pacers are 19-7-2 ATS in their last 28 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Thunder are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. The Pacers are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Oklahoma City.
The Pacers can shoot the rock well, so I'm not comfortable with this number against an OKC team that sometimes plays down to its comp. Instead, I'm taking the over in a game where both teams can knock down the long ball.