New Orleans Pelicans vs. Indiana Pacers - 3/21/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Indiana Pacers - 3/21/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers (41-30) at New Orleans Pelicans (41-30)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -1.5 -- Over/Under: 221 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Indiana Pacers and New Orleans Pelicans meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.

The Indiana Pacers look to stay hot their hot streak after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 105.8 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 104.3 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Victor Oladipo is averaging 23.3 points and 4.2 assists while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 13.9 points and 3.3 rebounds. Myles Turner is the third double-digit scorer and Darren Collinson is dishing 5.3 assists. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 77.7 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.3 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have won four of their last five road games.

The New Orleans Pelicans look for another big win after splitting their last eight games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 111.7 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 111.1 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 28 points and 11.2 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 19.1 points and 5.9 assists. Nikola Mirotic is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing three rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last six home games.

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The Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Wednesday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Pelicans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Pacers are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in New Orleans, 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

The New Orleans Pelicans are on the end of a back to back, but I'm not sure how much that matters when you consider two of their starters played 11 or less minutes, and Anthony Davis had an easy 37 points and eight rebounds against a Dallas Mavericks squad that plays no defense. Both of these teams are fighting for playoff position in their conference, but I give the edge to the Pelicans because they're at home and they have the best player on the court, a guy in AD who has been able to will his team to victory when he's healthy. I'm still iffy on the Indiana Pacers if we're being honest. I'll take the Pelicans by a bucket.

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Randy’s Pick New Orleans Pelicans -1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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