Date/Time: 03-27-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Oklahoma City Thunder -6
Two teams sitting on the top-8 of each conference are clashing today, when the Indiana Pacers, who ended a losing streak and want to continue on the winning ways, are visiting the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have been trending downwards lately as they have been 1-5 in their last six matches and want to bounce back in this game.
Pacers are 45-29 so far in the league and are sitting on the 4th place of the Eastern Conference. In their latest matchup they ended a 4-game defeat streak with a home victory against Denver, 124-88. Thunder are 43-31 so far in the league and are sitting on the seventh place of the Western Conference. They are 1-5 in their last 6 games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Memphis on the road, 103-115.
Top Basketball BookmakersIndiana are led in scoring by Victor Oladipo with 18.8 ppg. He also adds 5.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game but he is out for the season. Bojan Bogdanovic follows with 17.9 ppg, adding 4.1 rebounds per game, while Domantas Sabonis adds 14.1 ppg and leads the team in rebounding with 9.3 per game. Oklahoma City are led in scoring by Paul George with 28.2 ppg. He also adds 8.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, while Russell Westbrook follows with 23 ppg and leads the team both in assists made with 10.4 and in rebounding with 11 per game. Dennis Schroder adds 15.7 ppg, 3.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game off the bench.
Indiana have won the previous meeting against Oklahoma City at home by two points. Oklahoma City are 23-12 at home, while Indiana are 17-20 on the road. Oklahoma City have a better offense with 114.3 ppg to Indiana’s 107.9, while Indiana have a better defense, allowing 103.9 ppg to Oklahoma City’s 111.1. Indiana have a better accuracy from the field (47.5% to 45.3%) and from behind the arc (37.2% to 34.7%). Oklahoma City on the other hand grab more rebounds (48 to 43.1), while Indiana commit fewer turnovers (13.4 to 13.9) and dish more assists per game (25.9 to 23). Indiana don’t pose a threat on the road against a strong home squad as Oklahoma City, so pick the hosts in this one.
Indiana Pacers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder -6 (-111)