Denver Nuggets vs. Indiana Pacers, 01/12/17 – Prediction & Preview
Written by: George Middleton
Indiana Pacers (20-18) at Denver Nuggets (14-23)
NBA: Thursday, January 12, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. ET
Line: Indiana -4
The Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets square off for a Thursday afternoon showdown in London. This is the first of two matchups between the two teams this season. Indiana has won five straight games while Denver has lost five straight games. The Pacers are led by Paul George who is averaging 22.5 points and 6.2 rebounds. Jeff Teague has played well over the last 17.2 points and 10.3 assists over the last 10 games. Danilo Gallinari leads a well-balanced Nuggets as he is averaging 17.1 points. Denver is sixth in the league in scoring (108 ppg) and the Pacers are 12th in offense (105.8 ppg). Can George lead the Pacers to a win in London?
Pacers top Knicks
The Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 123-109 on Saturday. Indiana took control when they outscored 29-14 in the second quarter. Jeff Teague led the Pacers with 19 points and eight assists. Paul George had 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting. Indiana shot 50 percent from the field and New York shot 46 percent. The Pacers did a good job in containing Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis who had 33 points combined. A key in the contest came on the glass where Indiana out-rebounded 53-32 in the contest. Thaddeus Young wound up with 16 points and nine rebounds.
Myles Turner finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams were sloppy with the basketball as Indiana had 20 turnovers and New York committed 17. C.J. Miles added 15 points off the bench.
Nuggets defense struggles in loss to Thunder
The Denver Nuggets lost 121-106 to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night. Oklahoma City outscored Denver 61-46 in the second half. Wilson Chandler led the Nuggets with 24 points and seven rebounds. Will Barton had 21 points and seven rebounds in the loss. Denver had trouble containing Russell Westbrook who had 32 points, 17 rebounds, and 11 assists. The Thunder shot 48 percent from the field and the Nuggets shot 40 percent. Gallinari wound up with 15 points and seven rebounds.
Jameer Nelson added 13 points and eight assists. Oklahoma City out-rebounded Denver 53-49 in the contest. The Nuggets fell to 7-12 on the road this season.
The Indiana Pacers are:
- 5-0 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
The Denver Nuggets are:
- 15-38-2 ATS in their last 55 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- 3-13 ATS in their last 16 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
Indiana has the big edge with George and Teague and they should play well. Chandler and Gallinari will have a good performance but it won’t be enough. Indiana is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.
The pick: Indiana
George has his Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State Long Beach in Communication Studies, minored in Journalism. He is an editor at Fansided powered network Air Alamo (San Antonio Spurs) and an NBA writer at RantSports. Plays in multiple basketball leagues. Has placed bets since the age of 15. Love watching basketball, baseball, and football games. Also loves Hip-Hop.
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