NBA Expert Picks - Indiana Pacers vs L.A. Clippers

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Ariana Sanchez

Sunday, December 4, 2016 5:30 PM UTC

Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 5:30 PM UTC

Our NBA betting expert Ross Benjamin provides us with a preview of Sunday night’s game between the Pacers and Clippers. Join us in reading this article culminated with his NBA free pick.

Indiana Pacers vs L.A. Clippers

The Clippers open a 4-game home stand on Sunday night when they host Indiana. Since the start of last season, these teams have faced each other 3 times, and each of those contests stayed under the total. The average combined points scored during that trio of meetings was a paltry 178.3 per game. As a matter of fact, they met last Sunday at Indiana, the Pacers won 91-70 as a 12.0-point underdog, and it easily went under the total of 206.0.

At the time of this writing (10:15 AM ET), the NBA betting odds at Bookmaker has Los Angles as a 12.5-point favorite, and there’s a posted total of 204.0. Bookmaker carries an A+ grade per a highly respected online sports betting rating guide.


Rest Factor

Sunday is only a 2nd game that Indiana will have played over the past 7 days. In fact, the Pacers haven’t played a game since Wednesday at Portland.

Contrarily, the Clippers won’t have the luxury of being well rested. They’re coming off a grueling 6-game in 10-day road trip which concluded on Friday night. This will also be the 3rd game in 4 nights for Los Angles.

Indiana will unequivocally have a huge edge in terms of rest on Sunday. You can never ignore that factor when it comes to making NBA picks. Especially when considering teams going through the grind of a marathon 82-game regular season schedule.


NBA Betting Angle

The Pacers are coming off a 131-109 loss at Portland in their previous game. Indiana trailed 73-58 at the half in that contest. Indiana is averaging 103.8 points scored per game this season.

Any NBA underdog (Indiana) that averages 103.0 or more points scored per game, and trailed by 15 points or more at the half of its previous game, resulted in those underdogs going 78-42 ATS (65%) since 1996. Considering the hefty underdog number that will be attached to Indiana this evening, the betting value increases even more, and I’ll have a lean in that direction when making one of my Sunday NBA predictions.

 Free NBA Pick: Indiana +12.5Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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