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13-12 (3-8 V) Indiana Pacers vs. New Orleans Pelicans 8-17 (5-8 H)
Date: Thursday December 15
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Indiana might be finally figuring out how they are going to play and win this season.
New Orleans is playing but the winning has been a challenge, even with Anthony Davis averaging more than 30ppg.
This might be a spot for the Pelicans to steal one as Indiana is on the road the night before.
Monta Ellis is hurt and is unlikely to play the next few games. I am leading from this because heading into Wednesday they have been 1-0 so far without him and he has had trouble fitting into what they want to do now.
Paul George is still the lead dog averaging 21ppg. He is still stuffing the stat sheet but his production is down from last year even though he is shooting it better.
Myles Turner is having a good season but his best game was in the opener when he had 30 points and 16 rebounds with four blocks. All are season highs. One game has to stand out for everyone but the consistency is not quite there yet. He only has 4 double-doubles this season – he is 4th in blocks though.
Thad Young was supposed to be a big pickup for this team. His shooting numbers are better than they have ever been but they are not getting the production we have seen in other places.
Indiana made a lot of changes in the offseason and it looks like they are struggling to let the players play and be who they are. It is hard to change guys that have been in the league a long time like Young and Ellis.
Indiana may get better as the season progresses but you probably still want to stay away from them for now.
New Orleans Pelicans
At this point you have to start wondering if Anthony Davis might go his whole career in the obscurity of New Orleans. He is having another great season but the team is bad.
The team is still hoping that Tyreke Evans can come and offer some support but with every report it is getting harder to know when or if that is going to happen. At least they have Jrue Holiday back. He is not having a great season though.
Evans’ absence should have made it easier for top pick Buddy Hield to find a place in the lineup but his inability to shoot has really hampered him. That was the thing that was supposed to separate him from other rookies.
Davis does not get a lot of support up front. No other front court player is scoring more than 10ppg. Omer Asik is serviceable as a rebounder but thats it.
Solomon Hill is 5th on the team in minutes but 9th in scoring it is that kind of imbalance that is at the root of the Pelicans’ problems.
Davis can continue to be fantastic all season long but it looks like the die is cast for the Pelicans this season. They are not likely to improve.
This could be a spot if they are getting a tired Pacers team.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Pacers are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games.
- Over is 9-1 in Pacers last 10 road games.
- Over is 6-1 in Pacers last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- Pelicans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games.
- Under is 15-3-1 in Pelicans last 19 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Under is 4-1 in Pelicans last 5 Thursday games.
Free Indiana Pacer vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction:
Indiana is coming off a game the night before but I still like them in this spot. I think they will probably be short favourites.
Turner vs. Davis is a nice matchup. Both are kind of built to guard the other.
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They are similar though Davis is more advanced.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Indiana 107 – New Orleans 101
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