Indiana Pacers vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 3/24/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Orleans Pelicans (26-43) at Indiana Pacers (36-33)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers -12.5 -- Over/Under: 207.5 See the Latest Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans travel to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to battle the Indiana Pacers on Thursday.
The Pelicans have lost 10 of their last 13 games and are coming off a 113-99 loss to the Heat. Jrue Holiday led the team in scoring with 24 points with seven assists while Luke Babbitt added 23 points in a rare inclusion into the starting lineup, but the Pelicans have been in a major slump for about a month now and they were never really in this game after falling behind by 59-40 going into halftime. Anthony Davis has been the best player for the Pelicans, but he has been shut down for the season and for the upcoming Olympics due to hus upcoming surgery which will take about 4-5 months to recover from.
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Meanwhile, the Pacers have won six of their last 10 games and looked pretty comfortable in Monday's 91-75 win over the lowly 76ers. Paul George led the team with 15 points, Monta Ellis had 13 points while George Hill and Ian Mahinmi added 12 points each as the Pacers jumped all over the 76ers early to lead by 47-36 going into halftime, allowing them to cruise to an easy double-digit win which was exactly what Indiana needs as they look to make their push towards the playoffs. Indiana is now 37-33 on the season which is currently good for seventh place in the congested Eastern Conference.
In ATS trends, the Pelicans are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a double-digit loss at home and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall, while the Pacers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record.
Head to head, the Pelicans are 0-8 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and the under is 12-5-1 in the last 18 meetings in Indiana.
The Pacers haven't been lighting up the competition but they've been playing well enough to take down the shorthanded Pelicans who have little to play for. I like Indiana to win easily tonight, but this just feels like too many points to be giving a Pelicans team who are still capable of hanging around.