NBA Gambling Line: Indiana vs OKC
The Oklahoma City Thunder (31-25) and Indiana Pacers (23-33) may not have a similar record, but they’re both right in the thick of the playoff race. Visit Cappers Picks for free NBA picks all year.
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NBA Free Prediction
Indiana vs OKC
When: Tuesday, February 24th 2015 at 8:00pm ET
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena
TV: NBA TV
NBA Gambling Line: Thunder –6.5 (-110)
NBA Gambling O/U Line: 204.5 Points
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The Thunder have won six games in a row while the Pacers have won three games in a row. Something will have to give in this match-up.
Unfortunately, Durant is going to miss this match-up again tonight. He’s out for the week at the very least and he may be out even longer. That means Westbrook is going to have to ball out for the next week.
Westbrook is a superstar, but he elevates his game when Durant is out and turns into the best player in the NBA in my opinion. He’s ultra aggressive, attacks the hoop and fills up every statistical category.
OKC has some new depth on the team as well. Singler is now on the team for bench depth, but he’s going to start with Durant out. Kanter was picked up as well and he’s starting at center right now.
Kanter should remain the starter even once Adams is back from injury. The Pacers are healthy except for George, which is a welcome sign for this team, as they’ve been banged up for most of the season.
Indiana struggles to score (96.2 PPG – 23rd), but they do a lot of other stuff well. They rank 6th in points allowed (97.2 PPG) and 8th in rebounds (44.8 RPG). This is a gritty team with a lot of toughness.
Hibbert is having a much better season than he had last year. West is as consistent as usual although his numbers are down a bit across the board. Hill and Miles have also stepped up and played well this year.
This is a game where the Thunder are likely to have some trouble. Hill isn’t a bad defender and will likely cause some issues for Westbrook. West will also rough up Ibaka in the paint and keep him on his toes.
That worries me, as Ibaka isn’t that tough in the paint and West’ll likely frustrate him.
With Durant out the point spread is a bit high in my opinion and I’ll be betting on the Pacers to cover the line.
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Westbrook isn’t going to be able to beat this team on his own. The Pacers play great defense, especially against big men. Ibaka and Kanter will struggle to get going and that’s really all OKC can throw at IND.
Indiana Pacers +6.5 (-110)
Waiters is coming off the bench and he isn’t playing that well. I also expect the Pacers to slow the pace down as much as possible on the road. Look for this game to stay under and the Indy to cover.
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