The Indiana Pacers (16-11) look to extend a five-game home winning streak when they square off with the Oklahoma City Thunder (12-14) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 213 points with Indiana opening as a 1.5-point favorite. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN.
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The Thunder lost to the Charlotte Hornets in their last contest, 116-103. Russell Westbrook put together a solid performance for Oklahoma City, leading both teams in scoring with 30 points on 10-for-22 shooting. Charlotte was lights out from beyond the arc (13-25; 52.0 percent). Oklahoma City, meanwhile, did a fantastic job of getting to and converting from the charity stripe (24-25; 96.0 percent).
In the Pacers last game, they defeated the Denver Nuggets, 126-116. With 47 points on 15-for-28 shooting, Victor Oladipo was the top scorer from either team. Indiana dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a great turnover percentage of 9.7 (better than their season average of 12.4) and a free throw rate of 0.194 (above their season average of 0.175). For those same stats, Denver was 17.1 and 0.137, respectively.
The offensive glass could be a huge advantage for Oklahoma City in this battle. The Thunder rank third in offensive rebounding percentage (26.5 percent), while Indiana ranks 28th in defensive rebounding percentage (75.9 percent).
Of Oklahoma City’s 26 games, 16 have finished under the projected point total, while 13 of Indiana’s 27 games have finished over the O/U total. The Pacers come into this game with a substantial advantage in both straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 16-11 SU and 17-10 ATS, while the Thunder are 12-14 SU and 7-18-1 ATS.
Both teams have had a player heat up over their last five games. For the Thunder, it’s been Steven Adams, who has averaged 19.8 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals, while the Pacers have gotten solid contributions from Oladipo (26.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.6 steals and 1.4 blocks).
These teams have already met once this season. The two teams combined to put up 210 points in that game, which was under the projected point total of 218. The Thunder won 114-96, covering as 13-point favorites. Oklahoma City had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.539 vs. 0.398). Indiana, on the other hand, did an excellent job of getting to and converting from the free throw line (30-35; 85.7 percent). Westbrook put up a triple-double in the victory, with 28 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Indiana Pacers Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Pacers, ATS Winner – Pacers, O/U – Under
- The Thunder average 4.7 blocks per game, which ranks 14th in the NBA. The Pacers rank 25th in blocks allowed per game (5.5).
- Oklahoma City ranks 13th in rebounds per game (43.3) while Indiana ranks 19th in rebounds allowed per game (43.7).
- Oklahoma City ranks 14th in three pointers attempted per game (29.8) while Indiana ranks 24th in three pointers allowed per game (31.0).
- Indiana averages 23.3 assists per game, which ranks seventh in the league. Oklahoma City ranks eighth in assists allowed per game (21.3).
- Indiana is 9-5 ATS at home, while Oklahoma City is 2-11 ATS on the road.
- In 13 road games, the Thunder have 8 unders and 5 overs.
- In 14 home games, the Pacers have 8 unders, 5 overs and 1 push.
- In games where they hold opponents below 100 points, Oklahoma City is 9-4 and Indiana is 7-0.
- The Pacers are 14-5 when they score above 100 points, while the Thunder are 10-6.
- The Thunder rank seventh in fast break points per game (14.0) while the Pacers rank 16th in fast break points allowed per game (11.3).
- Oklahoma City ranks third in points allowed in the paint per game (39.9) while Indiana ranks 27th (48.5).
- The Thunder average 14.4 second chance points per game, which ranks fifth in the NBA. The Pacers rank 25th in second chance points allowed per game (13.7).
- The Pacers rank fourth in points off turnovers allowed per game (14.7) while the Thunder rank ninth (15.2).
- Oklahoma City ranks first in steals per game (10.0) while Indiana ranks 12th (7.9).
- Indiana is 4-1 ATS with 2 overs, 2 unders and 1 push in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Oklahoma City is 0-5 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
- The Pacers average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.8, up from 1.5 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Thunder have scored an average of 98.0 points per game (3.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 99.6 points per game (0.0 below their season average).