The Indiana Pacers (18-14) will be at home in Bankers Life Fieldhouse when they meet the Brooklyn Nets (12-19). Indiana is a 10.5-point favorite on the opening line, while the games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 215 points. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 23, 2017, and it can be seen on YES Network.
Brooklyn Nets at Indiana Pacers ATS Preview
The last time the Nets played, they dismantled the Washington Wizards, 119-84. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was the top scorer from either team with 21 points on 7-for-15 shooting. Brooklyn played a nearly perfect game. They had a superb offensive rebounding percentage of 31.7 (above their season average of 22.0) and a free throw rate of 0.193 (matching their season average). For those same stats, Washington was 13.0 and 0.118, respectively.
The Pacers hope to keep it rolling after beating the Atlanta Hawks in their last contest, 105-95. Myles Turner was a key piece for Indiana with 20 points and six rebounds. Indiana played a nearly flawless game. They had a solid turnover percentage of 9.1 (better than their season average of 12.4) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.530 (below their season average of 0.536). For those same stats, Atlanta had marks of 12.8 and 0.487, respectively.
The productive offense of Indiana (sixth in the league with an offensive efficiency of 109.0) will face off against the mid-tier defense of Brooklyn (20th in the NBA with a defensive efficiency of 107.1). The Pacers should have the edge on that end of the court.
Of Brooklyn’s 30 games that accepted bets, 16 have finished under the O/U total, while 17 of Indiana’s 32 games have finished under the projected point total. The Pacers come into this game with a significant advantage in terms of straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 18-14 SU and 20-12 ATS, while the Nets are 12-19 SU and 17-13 ATS.
These two teams have already met twice this season, with the Pacers winning both. In the most recent contest, Victor Oladipo scored a game-high 26 points and the Pacers defeated the Nets 109-97, covering as 3.5-point favorites. He also had seven rebounds. The two teams combined to put up 206 points, which was 14 points below the projected point total of 220 points. Indiana had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (21.4 vs. 15.9). Brooklyn, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (9.1 vs. 15.1).
Brooklyn Nets vs. Indiana Pacers Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Pacers, ATS Winner – Nets, O/U – Under
- The Nets rank fifth in rebounds per game (45.2) while the Pacers rank 18th (42.5).
- Indiana ranks third in fast break points per game (15.3) while Brooklyn ranks 13th (11.1).
- Brooklyn averages 44.3 points in the paint per game, which ranks 13th in the NBA. Indiana ranks 25th in points allowed in the paint per game (46.8).
- Indiana averages 4.5 blocks per game, which ranks 19th in the NBA. Brooklyn ranks 20th in blocks allowed per game (5.3).
- On the road, Brooklyn is 10-6 ATS with 10 unders and 6 overs.
- At home, Indiana is 10-7 ATS with 10 unders, 6 overs and 1 push.
- When holding opponents under 100 points, Indiana is 9-0 and Brooklyn is 7-0.
- When scoring more than 100 points, the Pacers are 16-6 and the Nets are 10-14.
- The Nets rank 14th in second chance points per game (12.1) while the Pacers rank 25th in second chance points allowed per game (13.4).
- Brooklyn ranks second in three pointers attempted per game (34.5) while Indiana ranks 23rd in three pointers allowed per game (30.8).
- The Pacers rank third in points off turnovers per game (19.2) while the Nets rank 22nd (15.4).
- The Nets average 22.5 assists per game, which ranks 14th in the NBA. The Pacers rank 21st in assists allowed per game (23.7).
- Indiana ranks 12th in steals per game (8.0) while Brooklyn ranks 26th (6.7).
- Indiana is 3-2 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Brooklyn is 1-4 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over.
- The Pacers average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.0, up from 1.6 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Nets have scored an average of 101.2 points per game (6.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 105.6 points per game (4.2 below their season average).