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Indiana Pacers vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 2/22/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New Orleans Pelicans at Indiana Pacers
Date & Time Friday February 22, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Indianapolis, Indiana
The Line
The Line: Indiana Pacers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 220.5
TV Channel
FSIN, FSNO
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The New Orleans Pelicans and Indiana Pacers meet Friday in NBA action at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The New Orleans Pelicans could use a win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 115.6 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 114.8 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 28.1 points and 12.9 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 21.1 points and 7.9 assists. Julius Randle is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last six road games.

The Indiana Pacers look for another win after winning six of their last seven games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 108.1 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 102.9 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 16.8 points and 1.8 assists while Domantas Sabonis is averaging 14.1 points and 9.2 rebounds. Myles Turner is the third double-digit scorer and Thaddeus Young is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have won seven of their last nine home games.

The Pelicans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games,  4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 Friday games. The Pacers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Friday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pelicans are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Pelicans last 7 Friday games. The under is 4-0 in Pacers last 4 overall.

The New Orleans Pelicans are a team that's going nowhere fast, as Anthony Davis doesn't want to play, the team doesn't want him to play and the NBA is kind of forcing the issue. It's awkward and even with the Pelicans comfortable win over the OKC Thunder, they're still losing their last five games by an average of four points while allowing 46.9 percent shooting. I'm not trying to get behind these Pelicans. The Indiana Pacers have figured out how to win without their best player, and they're shooting 52.1 percent from the field while winning by an average of 16.2 points in their last five games. These are two teams heading in different directions. I'll eat the chalk with the Pacers at home.

Pick:
Indiana Pacers -5.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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