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Indiana Pacers vs New Orleans Pelicans in NBA odds tilt

New Orleans PelicansIndiana Pacers
15-16January 04, 2014, 07:00 | Bankers Life Fieldhouse25-6

Indiana looks to cover the Pacers-Pelicans pointspread on Saturday and improve its overall 25-6 mark when they host New Orleans in NBA action.

Indiana will face the 15-16 Pelicans, who own a 13-16-2 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Pacers are 12-19 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Pelicans are 18-13 favoring the OVER.

View New Orleans Pelicans vs Indiana Pacers Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Pacers sat as -10.5-point Favorite. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 193.5.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 2-rated Pacers and the No. 12-ranked Pelicans, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 99-91 result in favor of the Pacers.

The Pelicans were a 95-92 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Celtics. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (187) made winners of UNDER bettors. New Orleans got 23 points from Anthony Davis en route to a 95-92 victory over Boston on Friday at TD Garden.

In their last action, Indiana was a 95-82 loser on the road against the Raptors. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (177) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Indiana got 16 points from Roy Hibbert but lost anyway 95-82 against the Raptors on Wednesday at Air Canada Centre.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Pelicans rank No. 11 in the league with 43.87 per game. That compares with Indiana’s No. 12 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Indiana is the NBA’s No. 19-ranked team at 7.29 per game, while the Pelicans rate No. 24 with 6.55 per contest.

A few Pelicans at Pacers trends to consider:
New Orleans is 3-6-1 SU in its last 10 games
New Orleans is 1-6-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
New Orleans is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Indiana
New Orleans is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Indiana
Indiana is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Indiana is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana's last 6 games
Indiana is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
New Orleans at Miami, Tuesday, January 7th
Indiana at Cleveland, Sunday, January 5th