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George Plays First Game In Indiana As The Enemy

After spending the first seven years of his career wearing an Indiana Pacers jersey, Paul George will step onto the court at Bankers Life Fieldhouse sporting Oklahoma City Thunder colors for the first time Wednesday. PG13 will return to his former home in hopes of rectifying the Thunder’s issues in Indianapolis, as OKC is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games at the Fieldhouse.

Shark Bites
  • Russell Westbrook is averaging 27.8 points, 9.9 assists and 9.7 rebounds in the last 10 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 21 of the Thunder’s last 28 games against the Pacers.
  • The Pacers are 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against teams with losing records.

The Pacers front office must have had a crystal ball when they traded George, as Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, the players they received in the trade, have both become critical pieces of the team. Oladipo specifically has become an all-star level player, averaging 24.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 48.5 percent from the field.

The Thunder thought they were going to be set to make a legit run at the Larry O’Brien Trophy this season but the team has been mediocre at best since their new Big 3 was assembled. OKC’s 101.8 ppg is good for 24th in the league while their 20.6 assists per game are 25th – which is far more telling. The Thunder have lost a great deal of depth in scoring with six players averaging at least 6.0 points this season compared to nine last year. That being said, the team has been much better on the defensive end.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Indiana Pacers installed as 1-point underdogs in this particular NBA matchup. The OVER/UNDER betting line for the total number of points scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 213.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 111-103 result in favor of the Pacers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Indiana Pacers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Indiana Pacers bring a 16-11 record (17-10 ATS) to the battle against the 12-14 Oklahoma City Thunder, who are 8-18 ATS. Fans OVER/UNDER betting have seen the Pacers go 13-13-1 so far and the Thunder go 10-16. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Indiana vs Oklahoma City injuries news.

The power rankings show the Pacers rated this week at No. 13 and the Thunder sitting at No. 11.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Indiana's No. 6-ranked offense averaging 109 PPG, against a Oklahoma City Thunder defense that ranks No. 3 at 99.62 PPG. The Pacers field-goal percentage has averaged 47.98% so far, more than the Thunder shooters have achieved on the year, 43.59% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Russell Westbrook scored 30 points for Oklahoma City on Monday, but the Hornets managed a 116-103 victory over the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Denver was victimized by Victor Oladipo for 47 points as the Pacers defeated the Nuggets 126-116 in NBA action on Sunday.

Betting Trends
  • Oklahoma City is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Oklahoma City is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • Oklahoma City is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Oklahoma City is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
  • Indiana is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Indiana is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Indiana is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Oklahoma City
  • The total has gone OVER in 18 of Indiana's last 25 games when playing Oklahoma City

Next Betting Matchups

Oklahoma City at Philadelphia, Friday, December 15
Indiana home to Detroit, Friday, December 15