Indiana Pacers at Oklahoma City Thunder
|Date & Time||Wednesday March 27, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
Chesapeake Energy Arena
Oklahoma City, OK
The Line: Oklahoma City -6 -- Over/Under 216
ESPN, FSIN, FSOK
The Oklahoma City Thunder play host to the Indiana Pacers at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday night.
The Indiana Pacers have been in a bit of a rut as they’ve lost six of their last nine games, but they will be breathing a little sigh of relief after putting a halt to a four-game skid with a 124-88 home win over the Nuggets on Sunday. Bojan Bogdanovic led the team with 35 points on 13 of 16 shooting, Myles Turner added 17 points with 11 rebounds and two blocks while Domantas Sabonis chipped in with 15 points, 13 rebounds and four assists off the bench. As a team, the Pacers shot a sizzling 56 percent from the field and eight of 18 from the 3-point line as they rode the hot shooting of Bogdanovic to take an 18-point lead going into halftime and the margin only grew in the second half where the Pacers poured in 62 points. With the much-needed win, Indiana improved to 45-29 overall and 28-9 at home which is currently good for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been in a slump as they’ve lost five of their last six games and they will be hoping to bounce back after falling to the shorthanded Grizzlies in a 115-103 road loss on Monday. Paul George led the team in scoring with 30 points but shot just 10 of 29 from the field, Dennis Schroder added 25 points off the bench while Russell Westbrook finished with just 16 points with five rebounds and seven assists on six of 20 shooting from the field. As a team, the Thunder shot just 40 percent from the field and 12 of 36 from the 3-point line but you just knew early on that it was going to be a tough night as the Grizzlies started the game on a 16-2 run. With the loss, Oklahoma City fell to 43-31 on the season and 20-19 on the road which is good for seventh place in the Western Conference.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pacers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a win of more than 10 points, 1-7 ATS in their last eight road games and 0-5 ATS in their last five Wednesday games. The Thunder are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team above .600, 1-7 ATS in their last eight home games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the under is 4-0 in the last four meetings, the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings and the Pacers are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in Oklahoma City.
These teams last met a couple of weeks ago and it was the Pacers who rallied back from an 18-point deficit to beat the Thunder by 108-106. The Pacers will be up for this one after blowing away the Nuggets on Sunday, but the Thunder are long overdue for a statement win and they will be looking for revenge in this one. I have the Thunder coming away with the win in a close one, but I have the Pacers earning the cover here.