Brooklyn Nets at Indiana Pacers
|Date & Time||Sunday April 7, 2019, 5:00 PM (EDT)|
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
The Line: Indiana -3.5 -- Over/Under 219
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The Brooklyn Nets pay a visit to the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in an early Sunday night showdown.
The Brooklyn Nets have been a little below their best as they've lost four of their last six games, but they will be hoping to build some momentum after upsetting the league-leading Bucks in a 133-128 road win last night.D'Angelo Russell led the team with 25 points and 10 assists, Caris LeVert added 24 points and six assists in just 26 minutes off the bench while six more players finished in double figures. As a team, the Nets shot 49 percent from the field and 19 of 45 from the 3-point line as they held onto win after taking control of the game in the third quarter where they poured in 42 points, but it has to be said that the Bucks were without their leader in Giannis Antetokounmpo. With the much-needed win, Brooklyn improved to 40-40 overall and 18-22 on the road which is currently good for sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers have been in a slump as they’ve lost eight of their last 11 games and they will be looking to bounce back after getting routed by the Celtics in a 117-97 home loss on Friday. Myles Turner led the team in scoring with 15 points, Domantas Sabonis and Tyreke Evans each scored 12 points while Thaddeus Young and Wesley Matthews each scored 10 points. As a team, the Pacers shot just 41 percent from the field and 10 of 23 from the 3-point line as they took the early lead in the first quarter, but they could never regain their footing in the game after the Celtics took control in the second quarter where the Pacers were outscored by 34-20. With the loss, Indiana fell to 47-33 overall and 29-11 at home which is currently good for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
Looking at the betting trends, the Nets are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games playing on zero days rest and 6-1 ATS in their last seven Sunday games. The Pacers are 40-18-1 ATS in their last 59 Sunday games, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games against a team with a losing road record and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record.
Head to head, the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the over is 40-18-1 in the last 59 meetings. The Nets are 1-8 ATS in the last nine meetings overall and 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in Indiana.
The Pacers have been in a rut lately and they didn't look good in their big loss to the Celtics, but they will like their chances against the Nets who they've already beaten twice this season. This one could go either way, but with the Nets playing on zero days rest, the edge goes to the Pacers who have opened as slight favorites at home. There is plenty on the line here, but while I'm tempted to take the Nets, I'm expecting a letdown performance after their win over the Bucks so I'm leaning towards the Pacers to complete the series sweep with a much-needed win and cover here.