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New Orleans Pelicans vs Indiana Pacers Prediction And Betting Odds

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New Orleans Pelicans vs Indiana Pacers: Betting Tips, Prediction & Betting Odds

After a heroic 115-92 victory over the New York Knicks last night which ended a 2-game slide, the Pelicans are back in action this evening as they head to Indianapolis to take on the Pacers. Despite being without C.J. McCollum the Pels were able to shoot over 50% from the field and almost 53% from downtown in the win, but more importantly they held the Knicks to just 92 points in what was one of their better efforts on that end of the floor this season. The quick turnaround isn’t ideal, however the Pelicans have 3 wins in their last 5 games when playing with no rest. Unless they decide to rest either one or both Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, I can definitely see them putting up resistance here. They’ve had a pretty good track record in head-to-head meetings, covering the spread 10 times in the last 15 games.

The extra day of rest before this game will do the Pacers good following a disastrous defensive effort in their 130-122 loss to Toronto on Monday. Defense is all about building habits and they just set themselves back a couple of weeks of progress by letting the Raptors run circles around them and shoot over 55% from the field. Tyrese Haliburton also had a poor performance with just 9 points on 2-for-11 shooting. Whether or not that was due to his lingering hamstring injury or something else remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure if he doesn’t improve in tonight’s game it could be another long night for the Pacers. Indiana has a golden opportunity to move up the standings in the crowded East, but in order to do that they have to start racking up wins. They are an encouraging 10-3 SU in their last 13 home games vs New Orleans.

Indiana Pacers Point Spread Prediction

Indiana Pacers -5.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds

If there’s one team in the NBA you don’t want to face when playing your 2nd game in 24 hours it’s definitely the Pacers. This team ranks 2nd in pace averaging 102.7 possessions per game, I’m not so sure the Pelicans will be able to maintain a run and gun tempo for all 48 minutes here. Let’s go with the home team to cover the spread.

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LAL

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NOP

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GSW

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SAC

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MIA

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New Orleans Pelicans vs Indiana Pacers Total Points Prediction: Over 239.5

Over 239.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds

Indiana has played 3 games since they hosted the All-Star weekend, in all 3 of those we saw more than 240 points which is encouraging for all those considering backing the over in tonight’s game. I mentioned the fast pace they play at, but this team is way more than a bunch of individuals putting up as many shots as possible. They rank 2nd in offensive rating, averaging 120.6 points per 100 possessions, only the Boston Celtics are better than them on that end of the floor. New Orleans also ranks in the top tier of the league in offense, they average 116.9 points per 100 possessions which is tied with the Kings for 13th best. In the 3 most recent meetings between the two teams, the over has cashed twice. With the Pacers being 20-11 on the O/U in home games, I think they’ll try to speed things up here and take advantage of a fatigued Pelicans squad. Back the points.

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LAL

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NOP

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GSW

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SAC

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MIA

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PHI

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CHI

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