Pacers face Thunder: NBA odds preview
Indiana Pacers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder host Indiana on Sunday, looking to build on their 16-4 mark against the 10-10 Pacers in NBA action at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Thunder sport records of 16-4 and 12-6-2 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Pacers sit at 10-10 and 10-10 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 10-9-1 for the Thunder and 8-12 for the Pacers. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Those backing the visitors in this one found the Pacers listed as 9.5-point underdogs earlier at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 195.5 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Thunder, currently No. 2 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Pacers, who rate No. 12 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 106-96 victory for the Thunder.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Oklahoma City's No. 16-rated squad against Indiana's No. 1-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Oklahoma City rates No. 9 in the league with 7.8 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 18 with 6.6 per outing.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Pacers own the league's No. 3-rated mark, allowing 90.7 points per game when playing on the road. Oklahoma City, on the other hand, rates No. 2 in scoring on their home court.
Indiana was a 92-89 loser in its last match at home against the Nuggets. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 181 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Indiana got 22 points from Paul George but lost anyway 92-89 against the Nuggets on Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Oklahoma City won its last outing, a 114-108 result against the Lakers on December 7. The Thunder failed to cover in that game as a 7.5-point favorite, while the 222 combined points took the game OVER the total. Kevin Durant went off for 36 points and added 9 rebounds leading Oklahoma City to a 114-108 win over Los Angeles on Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Cleveland are 7-3
After playing Denver are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing New Orleans are 7-3
After playing LA Lakers are 8-2
After a win are 8-2
A few Pacers at Thunder trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Indiana's last 17 games when playing Oklahoma City
Indiana is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Indiana's last 9 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
Indiana is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Oklahoma City's last 17 games when playing Indiana
Oklahoma City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Indiana
Indiana home to Cleveland, Wednesday, December 12
Oklahoma City home to New Orleans, Wednesday, December 12