NBA bettors get an early treat Thursday with a 3 p.m. ET tipoff as the Pacers and Nuggets are playing in London at The O2 Arena. It's the first game in the UK for both franchises and the league's seventh regular-season game in London ever. It will be shown on NBA TV.
One five-game streak will end Thursday, with the Nuggets technically the home team. They have dropped a season-high five in a row and been awful defensively in the skid in allowing at least 120 points in each. Denver was last in action Saturday and lost 121-106 at Oklahoma City. The game was tied at 60 at halftime. Wilson Chandler led Denver with 24 points off the bench. Starting point guard Emmanuel Mudiay had a game to forget in going 0-for-9 with zero points, and the Nuggets were outscored by 24 points with him on the court.
As of this writing, there was no early opening NBA betting line (bettors in our forum are questioning why there is no line posted) on this game because of the status of several Denver players. Nikola Jokic missed the Thunder game with an illness and is probable for Thursday. Guard Gary Harris (groin) and forwards Kenneth Faried (illness) and Danilo Gallinari (ankle) are all questionable. Gallinari leads the team in scoring (17.1 ppg) and Faried in rebounding (8.0 rpg). The Nuggets are just 1-8 ATS in their past nine overall.
Indiana enters on a season-high five-game winning streak, has scored at least 111 points in each and averaged 122 in the past three. The Pacers also last played Saturday and routed the visiting Knicks 123-109. Indiana became the first team this season to score at least 120 points without any individual player accounting for as many as 20. Jeff Teague is averaging 15.2 points, 11.4 assists and 4.6 rebounds in the streak. The Pacers are 4-0 ATS on NBA picks in their past four against teams with a losing record.
This is the first meeting of the season between Indiana and Denver. They split last year. The Pacers haven't won a road game vs. the Nuggets since Nov. 27, 2007. The 'over' is 9-3 in the past 12 meetings, and this one sure sets up to be high-scoring considering how both teams are going at the moment.