The Pacers have been playing better basketball of late, winning three straight games, but can they get the best of the defending champs tonight? Check out our NBA odds preview inside.
Current NBA odds show the Pacers favored by 4.5 points for the most part, but there are a couple sportsbooks out there that have a line of five available. Be sure to get the best possible line out there in order to maximize value with your NBA picks.
A total had yet to have been released at time of this writing, but we don't anticipate seeing too high of a number. Both the Pacers and Spurs have been good defensively and are ranked in the top seven in average points allowed per game.
The Pacers are on a little bit of a roll, which is nice to say considering all the struggles they have had to fight through earlier this season. In the recent run, they beat Detroit and Cleveland at home and then last night they escaped Charlotte with a 103-102 victory on the road.
With under five seconds to go, George Hill hit a running floater to guide Indiana to the win. It was a solid overall offensive display from the Pacers, who aren't typically known for their prowess on that end of the court. However, they got double-digit scoring out of five different players and dropped over 100 points against a Charlotte team that's been much improved defensively recently. That's no easy feat. C.J. Watson's 22 points off the bench were huge, while Luis Scola came through with 15 points and 14 boards off the bench - David West (15/6/2) had a nice game too.
Momentum is on Indiana's side right now, and in the watered down Eastern Conference, there's still much to play for. We wouldn't completely count the Pacers out just yet.
San Antonio Spurs
Last night the Spurs were unable to earn their third straight win. Instead, they fell by five against the Raptors on the road in a 87-82 defeat. It was a much lower-scoring game than people anticipated, but in the end it was Toronto that made more plays down the stretch to earn the all-important W.
It was a forgettable night at the office for the San Antonio offense. It's rare to see a team this talented be so cold from the field, but the Spurs couldn't hit anything. They shot a horrible 33.3 percent from the field overall, and no one Spur scored more than 12 points in all. Tim Duncan was the most effective guy out there for San Antonio, finishing with 12 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals. Duncan, along with Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Danny Green, all struggled offensively though, shooting a combined 14-of-53 in the loss.
So, Gregg Popovich's 1,000th career win will have to come another day. Will it be today? Odds makers seem to think so.
The Spurs lost a tough one last night, but we expect a bounce-back performance against the Pacers here tonight.
To us, the odds tell us all we need to know. Even though Indiana has stepped up their game of late and will be at home, it's San Antonio that's the clear-cut favorite. The Spurs are the better team and they have the depth to cope with this being their third game in four nights. The Pacers? Not so much. They're a little shorthanded in the frontcourt right now.
San Antonio won the only meeting between these teams earlier this season, with Manu Ginobili going off for 28 points. We don't expect to see such a high-scoring game here tonight, not with both teams probably being tired, but ultimately we're going to back the better team to come through and cash as the NBA betting odds-on favorites.
NBA Pick: San Antonio Spurs -4.5 at 5Dimes