Denver Nuggets vs. Indiana Pacers - 1/12/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (20-18) at Denver Nuggets (14-23)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm (O2 Arena)
The Line: Denver Nuggets +4.5 -- Over/Under: 226 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers and the Denver Nuggets do battle in London at the O2 Arena on Thursday.
The Indiana Pacers will be gunning for a season-high sixth straight win after cruising past the Knicks in a 123-109 win on Saturday. Paul George and Jeff Teague led the team in scoring with 19 points apiece, Thaddeus Young had 16 points while CJ Miles had 15 points as the Pacers dominated the first half by 62-43 to set up the easy win before the Knicks poured on 39 points in the fourth quarter to keep the final score respectable. The Pacers have really been in a groove during their win streak as they are averaging 118.6 points so let's hope this trip overseas doesn't slow their momentum. Indiana is now 20-18 on the season and 15-5 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets have lost seven of their last nine games and they will be hoping to avoid a sixth straight loss following Saturday's 121-106 loss at Oklahoma City. Wilson Chandler led the team in scoring with 24 points off the bench, Will Barton added 21 points while Danilo Gallinari chipped in with 15 points but the Nuggets had no answer for the Thunder's Russell Westbrook who drained seven threes on his way to a triple-double of 32 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists. With the loss, Denver drops to 14-23 overall and 7-12 on the road where they have lost four of their last five.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pacers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a win, 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall. Meanwhile, the Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a loss of more than 10 points, 1-8 ATS in their last nine games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last five home games.
Head to head, the Pacers are 0-3-1 ATS in the last four meetings overall and 1-3-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Denver. The over is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings overall and the over is 8-1 in the last nine meetings in Denver.
The Pacers have struggled ATS when playing the Nuggets lately, so there's definitely value with the Nuggets here, but I think there's better value on the Over for this game as the score has gone over in eight of the last nine meetings in Denver which is good enough for me.