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(26-33) New Orleans Pelicans vs. Indiana Pacers (38-20)
Date: Friday, February 22nd
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Pacers -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 222
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Coming out of the All-Star break, the New Orleans Pelicans have won just four of their last 10 games. They did, however, get a big nationally televised victory over Paul George, Russell Westbrook and the surging Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Indiana Pacers conversely lost their last game but have won six of their last 10.
The line is not yet set on this contest, but check back soon for a free pick ATS. For now, here’s our analysis.
New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans are going to be one of the league’s most interesting storylines as the season winds down. Beyond the question of “what are they going to do with Anthony Davis during the summer” this is going to be one of the more awkward finishes to a season we’ve seen in a long time.
Davis now-famously walked out of the arena early (on camera) against OKC last week with a shoulder injury and then went on to play five minutes in the All-Star Game.
Whether Davis is healthy or not is a legitimate question, but whether he’s playing up to his capabilities is no mystery: He’s not.
Davis has simply put been terrible since being re-inserted back into the lineup. Jrue Holiday is still one of the game’s most underrated point guards, Jahlil Okafor is getting a good run and Julius Randle is looking like a potential cornerstone piece. But Davis is, in theory, the best player in the game at the center position and a top-five player overall, and he’s just not playing like it.
Until he does—scratch that: if he does—this team is going to struggle and could realistically “surpass” the Memphis Grizzlies in the rankings as the second-worst team out West behind the Phoenix Suns before too long.
What the Indiana Pacers is borderline miraculous. Not only have they been a better team than both the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics—two supposed consensus top-three teams out East entering the 2018-19 season—but they’ve maintained that status with Victor Oladipo done for the year with a leg injury.
As of this writing, they sit in the third seed in the Eastern Conference, one whole game ahead of both the Sixers and Celtics, but also 4.5 games back of the No. 2 Toronto Raptors.
Against New Orleans, Indiana needs to play a simple game: take care of the ball, don’t give up transition baskets, keep the Pelicans’ role players in check.
Although it’s possible Davis goes off for his first good game since his return, we’re not betting on it. We need to see that happen before we buy stock in him again this season—that’s how bad it’s gotten.
If the Pacers allow Davis to get going, they’ll have to adjust their game plan. But for the time being, there’s no reason to focus in on him, and instead, they need to not like guys like Okafor and Randle get going.
NBA Betting Trends:
- NO are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 Fri. games
- Under is 39-17 in IND last 56 home games.
Free New Orleans Pelicans vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Prediction:
As long as Davis stays quiet, the Pacers should get this one with ease at home.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pacers -6.5
Keep an eye out for the line, as oddsmakers may actually have a little too much confidence in the Pacers considering how terrible the Pelicans have been.
But for what it’s worth, we’re projecting a solid convincing home win straight up.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Indiana Pacers 110 – New Orleans Pelicans 102
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