How To Bet Indiana vs Oklahoma City Lines
This is one of the more interesting NBA spread match-ups on the Friday night schedule, as it features a pair of teams that are holding their own in their respective conferences. The Thunder have been somewhat overshadowed by the exploits of the Warriors and Spurs in the Western Conference, while the Pacers have to be pleased with their current standing in the Eastern Conference. These two have made a habit of splitting their meetings over the past couple of seasons, and that makes this one a very intriguing bet indeed. You have to like the Thunder at home, but you never know what might happen in these non-conference games.
Indiana Pacers Vs Oklahoma City Thunder Game Info
When: Friday, February 19, 8:00 PM ET
Where: Chesapeake Energy Center, OKC
Radio: WFNI and WWLS
Live Stream: WatchESPN
NBA Odds: TBA
Back from All-Star break, getting ready for Friday’s game at OKC: pic.twitter.com/eNQvjiutaC
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) February 17, 2016
Why bet on the Indiana Pacers
The Pacers (28-25) are currently occupying the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference right now, but can climb up the standings if they can get on a winning streak. The problem for the Pacers is that they are having a tough time maintaining any sort of consistency, and their 5-5 record in their last 10 games is testament to that. At 10.5 games back, the Pacers have no shot at running down the Cavaliers in the division, but the chance to jump up another couple of spots in the East might just be enough to get them active at the trade deadline. The Pacers have not been particularly good on the road this season, and they have a tough 3-game trip ahead of them to start the second half. They have been competitive versus the Thunder, and have split the last 4 meetings with the guys from OKC. Indiana are averaging 102.5 PPG, and are giving up 100.3 PPG.
Why bet on the Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder (40-14) are a team that have been somewhat overlooked this season, which isn’t really a huge surprise given the antic of the Warriors and Spurs in the Western Conference this season. OKC are nestled nicely in the 3rd spot in the West right now, and unless something totally dramatic happens in the second half, that is likely where they will stay. That doesn’t mean that they can just take night’s off, though, but it certainly doesn’t look as if that is happening. The Thunder are 8-2 in their last 10 games, and are a very impressive 25-5 at home. You have to go all the way back to 2009 to find the last time the Pacers won in OKC, and the Thunder have reeled off 5 straight home wins versus Indiana since then. Oklahoma City are averaging 110.1 PPG, and are giving up 101.9 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
If you are like me, you look for trends when making a wager in any sport. The Thunder winning 5 straight home games against the Pacers is one that I like, and you also have to love how good OKC have been at home. This should be a win for the home team.
Indiana Pacers 101 Oklahoma City Thunder 106