Upcoming Free Picks

Indiana Pacers vs. Denver Nuggets Prediction,
Preview,
and Odds - 1-19-2020

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#569 Indiana Pacers
Pacers 1
#570 Denver Nuggets
Nuggets -1

Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 8:05pm

Image licensed from USA Today Sports

Game Stats

Indiana Pacers

27 - 15

22-18
ATS
21-21
O/U
109
PPG
106
OPPG

Denver Nuggets

29 - 12

16-19
ATS
17-24
O/U
109
PPG
105
OPPG

Featured Video from Scott Reichel

Indiana Pacers vs. Denver Nuggets

NBA: Sunday, January 19, Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, 8:00 PM ET

The Indiana Pacers start a five-game road trip Sunday night when they visit the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. They bring a four-game win streak into this clash, while the Nuggets have won three straight games overall. Denver will hit the road after the clash with the Pacers, playing back-to-back in Minneapolis on Monday night.

Indiana and Denver will close down their regular-season series, as they’ve already met earlier this month. The Nuggets beat the Pacers 124-116 as 1-point road favorites, recording their 15th victory over Indiana in the last 20 head-to-head duels.

The Pacers barely outlasted the T-Wolves twice in a row

After a 104-99 victory at Target Center in Minneapolis this past Wednesday, the Pacers outlasted the Timberwolves 116-114 in Indianapolis on Friday night. Indiana had an 11-point fourth-quarter lead in that second clash against the T-Wolves, but the Pacers allowed their rivals to cut the deficit down the stretch. The game was tied at 114-114 with 1:48 to go in the fourth quarter, while Malcolm Brogdon hit the game-winner with 18.7 seconds left on the clock. Brogdon finished the game with a double-double of 12 points and 10 assists, while T.J. Warren had 28 points on 11-for-18 shooting from the field.

"Being the closer, sometimes it's about making the last shot but sometimes it's about making the right play, making the right pass," Brogdon said. "My teammates, this organization, my coach trust me with the ball and I'm going to continue to try and make good decisions."

Malcolm Brogdon arrived from Milwaukee last summer, quickly becoming one of the key players in Nate McMillan’s system. He’s averaging 17.7 points and 7.5 assists per game, while another newcomer T.J. Warren is tallying 18.1 points on 50.9% shooting from the field. The Pacers are scoring 110.5 points per 100 possessions (12th in the league) on 47.2% shooting from the field (5th), surrendering 107.3 points in a return (9th) on 44.4% shooting (7th). Victor Oladipo is still recovering from a knee injury and should have a season-debut in a week or two. With healthy Oladipo, the Pacers could be a dark horse in the East.

The banged-up Nuggets overcame a 19-point deficit in San Francisco

Denver is coming off a 134-131 overtime victory at the Golden State Warriors this past Thursday. The Nuggets trailed for most of the game by as much as 19 points, but they won the fourth quarter 40-28 to force overtime. They hit 17 treys out of 35 attempts from deep (48.6%) and outrebounded the Warriors (56-42) to earn a well-deserved come-from-behind victory. Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 23 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists; Will Barton had 31 points and seven dimes, while Malik Beasley added 27 points off the bench. Michael Porter Jr. also had a good game posting a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds.

“It was so fun, it was good to be in there late game like that,” Porter said with a grin. “It was just fun because we were battling back and everybody was playing hard, and we knew, we all knew we were going to come back.”

The Nuggets missed Jamal Murray (ankle), Paul Millsap (knee), and Gary Harris (groin) against the Warriors. All these three starters will remain sidelined Sunday night, so guys like Michael Porter Jr. and Malik Beasley will get more minutes. Still, Nikola Jokic (19.2 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 6.4 APG) and Will Barton (15.1 PPG, 6.8 RPG) will continue to lead the way for the wounded Nuggets. Denver scores 111.5 points per 100 possessions (8th in the league) on 46.2% shooting from the field (14th), allowing 107.4 points in a return (11th) on 45.3% shooting (13th).

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Pacers have lost nine straight games in Colorado and are winless in Pepsi Center since 2007. Now, they have a huge opportunity to finally beat the Nuggets in Denver, considering the hosts’ huge injury problems. However, playing in the Mile High City is always an uphill battle, so I’m backing the Nuggets to cover even though they are without three starters. Denver is 6-1 SU and ATS in its last seven games at home in January, and the Nuggets are always playing well as slight home favorites. As long as Nikola Jokic is healthy, the Nuggets are a tough rival to beat at home.

Prediction: Denver Nuggets -2.5 (-110)

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The first duel of the season between the Pacers and Nuggets was a firecracker, and I don’t expect to see a similar scenario Sunday night. As I’ve mentioned, the Nuggets will miss Jamal Murray, Paul Millsap, and Gary Harris, so they will have to step up defensively. Denver loves to play at a slow pace, averaging only 97.2 possessions per 48 minutes (29th in the league). Without three important players, the Nuggets will try to slow down the tempo even more. On the other side, the Pacers are tallying 98.3 possessions per 48 minutes (26th), so I expect to see a proper low-scoring affair.

Prediction: Under 211.5 points (-110)

The Admiral

You want someone to show you how to make some money, then talk to the Admiral, because he is your man. He has been handicapping for many years, so the Admiral knows a thing or two on how to beat the spread and get your pockets loaded with cash. The Admiral has brought his talents to StatSalt & Winners & Whiners and will always find the best pick for you.

Upcoming Free Picks

Thursday, Feb 27
NBA
#519 New York Knicks
#520 Philadelphia 76ers
7:05pm
View Pick
#521 Sacramento Kings 223
#522 Oklahoma City Thunder -6
8:05pm
View Pick
#525 Los Angeles Lakers
#526 Golden ST. Warriors
10:35pm
View Pick
Thursday, Feb 27
NCAAB
#601 Delaware 140.5
#602 Charleston -4
6:00pm
View Pick
#603 Drexel 136
#604 UNCW
7:00pm
View Pick
#607 Oakland U 146
#608 IUPUI 3
7:00pm
View Pick
#609 Iona 144
#610 Canisius -1
7:00pm
View Pick
#611 Saint Peter's 131.5
#612 Niagara 4
7:00pm
View Pick
#615 Indiana 131.5
#616 Purdue -6
7:00pm
View Pick
#617 Temple 134.5
#618 Wichita ST. -9.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#619 UL Monroe 135.5
#620 Arkansas - Little Rock -11.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#685 N. Texas 141.5
#686 FIU 3
7:00pm
View Pick
#687 UTSA 149.5
#688 FAU -3
7:00pm
View Pick
#621 Youngstown ST. 157
#622 Wisconsin-Green Bay -4.5
8:00pm
View Pick
#623 Detroit 141
#624 Illinois - Chicago -6
8:00pm
View Pick
#625 Cleveland ST. 133.5
#626 Wisconsin-Milwaukee -8
8:00pm
View Pick
#627 James Madison 146
#628 N.E. -12.5
8:00pm
View Pick
#629 E. Kentucky 150.5
#630 Murray ST. -12
8:00pm
View Pick
#633 Montana 141.5
#634 N. Arizona 2.5
8:00pm
View Pick
#635 Illinois 132
#636 Northwestern 5
8:00pm
View Pick
#651 Arizona
#652 USC
9:00pm
View Pick
#655 San Diego
#656 Gonzaga
9:00pm
View Pick
#665 Cal Irvine 134.5
#666 Cal Poly 10.5
10:00pm
View Pick
#667 Saint Mary's 143.5
#668 Santa Clara 6
10:00pm
View Pick
#669 Portland
#670 San Francisco
10:00pm
View Pick
#671 Pacific 124
#672 Loyola Marymount 1.5
10:00pm
View Pick
#679 Arizona ST. 141
#680 UCLA -2.5
11:00pm
View Pick
#681 Oregon ST. 137.5
#682 Oregon -10.5
11:00pm
View Pick
#683 Cal ST. Fullerton 136.5
#684 Hawaii -8
11:55pm
View Pick
Thursday, Feb 27
NHL
#35 Toronto Maple Leafs 7
#36 Florida Panthers -105
7:05pm
View Pick
#37 N.Y. Rangers 6.5
#38 Montreal Canadiens -130
7:05pm
View Pick
#33 Chicago Blackhawks
#34 Tampa Bay Lightning
7:05pm
View Pick
#39 Dallas Stars 5
#40 Boston Bruins -175
7:35pm
View Pick
#41 Vancouver Canucks 6.5
#42 Ottawa Senators 145
7:35pm
View Pick
#49 N.Y. Islanders Islanders 5.5
#50 St. Louis Blues -170
8:05pm
View Pick