Oladipo's Presence Would Boost Pacers (and "Over" Play) vs. Pelicans

Jordan Sharp

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 4:00 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 4:00 PM UTC

Victor Oladipo's status for tonight is uncertain, but if the Pacers’ all-star plays it will create problems for the Pelicans on defense. That could affect how you wager this one.

Wednesday NBA: Pacers vs. PelicansFree NBA Pick: Over 220Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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Indiana star Victor Oladipo is questionable for tonight's game because of an illness. He did not play Monday and sat out practice Tuesday, but he is traveling with the team to New Orleans so there is a chance he plays.

With Oladipo on the court, the Pacers’ offense really hums. Without him, they look lost at times while relying on Lance Stephenson. What we need tonight is to rely on this man right here:

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With Oladipo on the court, the Pacers own an offensive rating of 112.9 points per 100 possessions, and with Oladipo off the court that dips to 107.7. Coincidentally, their defense gets a lot worse when Oladipo is off the court, so either way this one goes, there could be a lot of points scored tonight.

The Pelicans have cashed the "over" in three of their last four games and 19 of their 27 home games this season. Since DeMarcus Cousins went down, the Pelicans are allowing 115.4 points per game. If Oladipo plays, I could see the Pacers getting to that 115 mark.

Do your due diligence and double-check Oladipo's status before making your NBA picks, because the numbers on the NBA odds board could be affected as tip-off approaches. I think he is going to play, though, so I’m putting down a slightly speculative wager on the "over" in hopes we get a fast-paced game with not a lot of defense.

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