Indiana Pacers (17-32) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (14-33)
January 28, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -1; Over/Under: +215
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The Indiana Pacers and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Paycom Center on Friday night.
The Indiana Pacers have been in a real slump as they’ve lost 13 of their past 16 games overall and they will be hoping to snap a three-game skid after getting blown out by the Hornets in a 158-126 home loss on Wednesday. Goga Bitadze and Isaiah Jackson each scored 17 points, Torrey Craig and Lance Stephenson each scored 14 points while Justin Holiday chipped in with 10 points. As a team, the Pacers shot kept pace with the Hornets to trail by just one point at halftime, before getting completely blown off the floor in the second half where the Hornets poured in 87 points.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been in terrible shape as they’ve lost 11 of their past 12 games overall and they will be hoping to snap a six-game slide after falling painfully short to the Bulls in a 111-110 home loss on Monday. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team with 31 points and 10 assists, Luguentz Dort added 16 points while Mike Muscala chipped in with 14 points off the bench. As a team, the Thunder shot just 41 percent from the field and 16 of 45 from the 3-point line as they got off to a sluggish start and trailed in this one by as many as 28 points in the third quarter which proved to be just enough as they cut the deficit to just one point as the clock expired.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pacers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four road games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The Thunder are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games against a team with a losing record, 7-1-2 ATS in their last 10 home games and 14-5-2 ATS in their last 21 games overall.
Head to head, the under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Oklahoma City and the under is 7-2 in the last nine meetings overall.
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The Pacers are again without Malcolm Brogdon and Myles Turner while Domantas Sabonis is listed as questionable and their confidence must be at an all-time low after allowing the Hornets to pour 158 points on them on Wednesday. The Thunder haven’t been playing much better lately and they will be kicking themselves after falling painfully short to the Bulls in their last outing, but they should be well-rested as they haven’t played since Monday. It’s hard to split these two struggling teams, but I’m sticking with the Thunder as they are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games against a team with a losing record.