Oladipo-Led Pacers Will Finish Season Sweep of Unraveling Nets

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 7:09 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 7:09 PM UTC

The surprising Pacers have had little trouble with the Nets this season, and Indiana goes for the four-game season sweep Wednesday night in Brooklyn (7:30 ET).

Indiana Pacers at Brooklyn NetsFree NBA Pick: PacersBest Line Offered: SportsBetting

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One of busiest Wednesday nights of the season with 24 of the league’s 30 teams in action ahead of the All-Star break. Pacers-Nets tips off at 7:30 p.m. ET with no national TV. You will be able to find previews of the two ESPN games Wednesday, Clippers-Celtics and Warriors-Trail Blazers, on the NBA picks page.

Indiana is trying for its first season sweep of Brooklyn since the 2013-14 season and has taken six straight and 14 of the past 18 vs. the Nets overall. The teams met way back on Oct. 18 in Indianapolis in the season opener for both and the Pacers won a shootout, 140-131. Victor Oladipo gave us a glimpse of his breakout season coming with 22 points, five rebounds, four steals and four assists in his Pacers debut. Eight Pacers scored in double figures and three had double-doubles. It was the first time Indiana hit the 140-point mark since November 2010.

On Dec. 17 in Brooklyn, the Pacers won 109-97 behind 26 points from Oladipo. Indiana shot 56.6 percent from the field to 42 percent for the Nets. Allen Crabbe led Brooklyn with 17. Six days later back in Indianapolis, the Pacers won 123-119 in overtime. Oladipo had 38 points in leading his team back from a 19-point deficit. Spencer Dinwiddie led the Nets with 26 points and hit three late free throws to send it past regulation.

The Pacers are 5-1 ATS in the six-game winning streak vs. the Nets.

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The #Pacers are now 13-6 over their last 19 games, and improved their record to seven games above .500 for the first time this season.

Recap 👉 https://t.co/JnJGKC7YbY
Highlights 👇 pic.twitter.com/7Lz37M3Mxr

— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) February 12, 2018
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Oladipo Carrying Pacers To Playoffs

It’s the last game before the break for these two. Indiana (32-25 SU, 31-26 ATS) has been one of the big surprises in the Eastern Conference and looks like it will be heading to the playoffs in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year after trading superstar Paul George to Oklahoma City for Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. It looked like the Pacers got robbed in that deal at first, but it looks much more even now.

Oladipo will play in the All-Star Game for the first time, and it’s well-deserved as he’s averaging 24.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists. The former Indiana Hoosier has totaled 65 points in the past two games, wins over the Celtics and Knicks. Oladipo has 10 games with at least 30 points, the first in 40 years with at least that many in his first season with Indiana. The last was Adrian Dantley in 1977-78, who did it in just 23 games and then was traded to the LA Lakers.

By the way, SBR’s top-rated sportsbooks gave the Pacers an ‘over/under’ of 31.5 wins entering the season, so you already are a winner if you bet ‘over.’ Even with George, Indiana never got eight games above .500 last season but will with a win here.

The Nets (19-39 SU, 33-25 ATS) have been better than expected – won just 20 games all of last season -- but they have no reason to tank since their 2018 first-round pick goes to Cleveland via Boston from the Kyrie Irving trade. Brooklyn enters having lost six straight and 10 of 11. It’s missing two starters in small forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and guard Caris LeVert. RHJ hasn’t played since Jan. 26 due to a groin injury and LeVert hasn’t since in six of the past nine due to a knee injury. Neither will go Wednesday.

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.@SDinwiddie_25! Right on cue 👌 pic.twitter.com/7J7wg93dpC

— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) February 13, 2018
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Dinwiddie has been a pleasant surprise, totaling at least 20 points 15 times this season, the most among all Nets, after scoring at least 20 just once in his first three seasons. He’s playing a lot more than he ever has because of injuries at guard for Brooklyn (Jeremy Lin, D’Angelo Russell, who is back now but coming off the bench). Brooklyn is a fairly entertaining team to watch when healthy as it plays at a fast pace (No. 6 in NBA) but it’s a bad defensive team, allowing 107.8 points per 100 possessions.

Two if Indiana’s wins in this series this year haven’t been close so only having to give 4 points (opening line) is a gift. Indiana has covered five of its past six road games vs. teams with a losing home record, and the Nets are just 3-7 ATS in their past 10 overall. The Pacers are your Wednesday NBA pick.

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