Pacers-Thunder Betting Preview: Which Offense Will Break Its Slump?

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USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33), Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0).

Betting Odds: Indiana Pacers at Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Spread: Thunder -6.5
  • Over/Under: 217.5
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN

The Indiana Pacers face the Oklahoma City Thunder for the second time this month and both teams are in desperate need of a win. The Thunder are 1-5 over the past two weeks, but their five-game home stand begins on Wednesday vs. a scrappy Indiana team.

Can the OKC finally flip the switch? Our analysts discuss.

What’s at Stake

The Pacers have already secured a playoff spot, and the Thunder are all but in with eight games left on the schedule. However, both teams are fighting for seeding.

The Thunder have slipped over the past month from third in the West standings and four games out of first place to seventh in the West and just 0.5 games ahead of the No. 8 seed.

On the other side, the Pacers have a 1.5 game lead over the Celtics for the No. 4 seed and homecourt advantage in the first round. Including tonight’s matchup, the Pacers’ next seven games are against teams currently in the playoff standings.

Betting Trends to Know

The Pacers are a 6-point underdog on the road in OKC tonight. They have struggled away from Bankers Life Fieldhouse losing eight straight games and going 1-7 against the spread during that stretch.

Nate McMillan’s crew is 14-22-1 ATS on the road this season — the second least profitable team in the NBA. — John Ewing

Not only are the Pacers bad at covering on the road, they don’t fare well against the Western Conference. When the Pacers face a Western Conference team on the road, they are just 4-10 ATS, failing to cover the spread in eight of their past nine games in that spot. — Evan Abrams

The Thunder haven’t been the most reliable team when facing top competition. Against teams with a winning percentage of .600 or better the Thunder are just 9-9 this season. When facing those teams at home, the Thunder are 4-5. — Malik Smith


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