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New Orleans Pelicans vs Indiana Pacers 12/26/22 NBA Picks, Predictions, Odds

Indiana Pacers (17-16) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (20-12)
December 26, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -6.5; Over/Under: +231.5
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The Indiana Pacers and the New Orleans Pelicans collide at the Smoothie King Center on Monday night.

The Indiana Pacers have been in decent form as they’ve split their last 10 games and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after sneaking past the Heat in a 111-108 road win on Friday. Tyrese Haliburton led the way with 43 points and seven assists on 14 of 20 shooting, Buddy Hield drained seven 3-pointers to finish with 21 points while Jalen Smith chipped in with 14 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks off the bench. As a team, the Pacers shot 48 percent from the field and a sizzling 21 of 47 from the 3-point line as they squandered an early 12-point lead in the fourth quarter before they made up for it in the final seconds thanks to Haliburton who drained the game-winner with just 4.1 seconds left on the clock.  

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans have been in great shape as they’ve won nine of their last 13 games overall and they will be eager to build on their two-game win streak after outlasting the Thunder in a 128-125 overtime road win on Friday. Trey Murphy led the team with 23 points on eight of 13 shooting, Jaxson Hayes added 21 points on eight of nine shooting off the bench while Naji Marshall and CJ McCollum each scored 17 points. As a team, the Pelicans shot just 43 percent from the field and 13 of 37 from the 3-point line as they got off to a flyer and built an early 21-point lead, but they never put the Thunder away and had to make another push in overtime to escape with the narrow win.

Looking at the betting trends, the Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team above .600 and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The Pelicans are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following a win.

Head to head, the over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings overall, the Pacers are 1-4-1 ATS in the last six meetings in New Orleans and the Pacers are 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall.

The Pacers could be shorthanded in this spot as Aaron Nesmith and Jalen Smith are both questionable here, while the Pelicans have ruled out Brandon Ingram and they are keeping an eye on Larry Nance Jr who is questionable. The Pacers haven’t been at their best, but they looked great in their gritty win over the Heat on Friday and they are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games. This one could go either way, but I think the Pacers can hang around and maybe enough pull off the upset, so I’m taking the free points in this spot.

Peter Tran's Free Pick: Indiana +6.5

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