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Indiana Pacers at Los Angeles Clippers
NBA: Tuesday, March 19, 2019, STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California, 10:30 PM ET
The inter-conference foes will meet at the STAPLES Center on Tuesday when the Indiana Pacers take on the Los Angeles Clippers, looking to get a win in their second game of the back-to-back set, while the hosts are hoping for the eighth victory in nine games. Indiana has been a better rival when it comes to the recent H2H duels as they won the last five meetings including the opening game of this season’s series when the Pacers beat the Clippers, 116-92 in Indiana, and Los Angeles will be looking to get revenge here.
Indiana Pacers fell short to the Nuggets on the road
Indiana returned home from their short two-game road trip with two defeats and responded with a pair of wins over the Knicks and Thunder but the Pacers lost the next game on the road to the Denver Nuggets. The Pacers now dropped to the 44-26 record and are currently in the 4th position in the Eastern Conference with eight wins behind the conference leaders Milwaukee Bucks and one win behind the Philadelphia 76ers who are in the 3rd place. Indiana needs one more win to clinch the playoffs as they have 11 wins more than the Orlando Magic who is in the 9th place at the moment, and the Pacers will continue to battle Philly and Boston for the top four places which guarantee a home-court advantage.
Thaddeus Young led the Pacers in a 102-100 loss to the Nuggets with a double-double of 18 points and team-high ten rebounds; Darren Collison added 17 points, four assists, and two thefts, while Bojan Bogdanovic and Domantas Sabonis combined for 32 points and 13 boards. Indiana opened the game well and won the first quarter by 11 points but Denver switched to a higher gear and Paul Millsap hit a left-handed layup with seven seconds remaining to give the Nuggets a 102-100 lead. Bogdanovic failed to make a triple on the other end and Denver recorded second straight tight win at home.
Bogey's last second shot is just off, and we're short at the final buzzer.
Bogdanovic: 16p/6r pic.twitter.com/46B3Q4ZQp9
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) March 17, 2019
The Pacers have the 21st offense in the NBA that averages 108.0 points per contest, while their defense is the best in the league as it allows 103.9 points per game. Indiana’s rebounding is below average as they are recording 43.0 boards per game (24th), while they are way better when it comes to assists per contest with 25.9 dishes a night (8th). Indiana is 4th in field goal percentage as they have 47.6 percent from the floor and 5th from downtown with 37.2 percentage, while they are 28th in the NBA with 9.5 three-pointers made per game.
Los Angeles Clippers snatched a narrow win over Brooklyn thanks to Sweet Lou
Los Angeles was in a fine form of five consecutive wins and although the Blazers prevented them from getting the sixth in a row, the Clippers responded with a couple of home wins over the Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets. The Clippers improved to the 41-30 record and are in the 8th place in the Western Conference with six wins behind the conference leaders Golden State Warriors. Los Angeles is with one foot in the playoffs as they are seven wins behind the Sacramento Kings who are in the 9th position and although the Kings have two games in hand, the Clippers have an excellent opportunity to reach the playoffs.
Lou Williams led the Clippers in a 119-116 win over the Nets with 25 points and six rebounds off the bench; Danilo Gallinari posted a double-double of 20 points and game-high 11 boards along with five assists, while Montrezl Harrell recorded a double-double of 20 points and ten rebounds along with game-high three blocks. Los Angeles almost dropped a win as they had a couple of double-digit leads in the second half and Brooklyn managed to tie the game with just a few seconds to go. However, Lou Williams nailed a 28-foot triple from the top of the key at the buzzer to give the Clippers a valuable victory and 300th win to Doc Rivers as the Clippers head coach.
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) March 18, 2019
The Clippers have the top 5 offense in the NBA that averages 114.7 points per contest, while their defense is 23rd in the league as it allows 113.7 points per game. Los Angeles’ rebounding is slightly above average as they are recording 45.7 boards per game (13th), while they are worse when it comes to assists per contest with 23.5 dishes a night (21st). Los Angeles is 11th in field goal percentage as they have 46.8 percent from the floor and 2nd from downtown with 38.7 percentage, while they are 26th in the NBA with 9.8 three-pointers made per game.
- 1-4 ATS in their last five games played on the road
- 2-8 ATS in their last ten games played on the road vs. an opponent with a winning home record
- 2-7 ATS in their last nine games played on the road vs. an opponent with a home winning percentage of greater than .600
- 7-3 ATS in their last ten games overall
- 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games playing on one day rest
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Indiana won seven out of the previous ten H2H encounters including the last five, while the Pacers were victorious in five of the past six meetings at the STAPLES Center. However, Indiana will be playing the second of a back-to-back set and I don’t think they will be fresh enough to keep the rhythm in the second half against the Clippers after a tilt with the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. Also, the Pacers lost five straight games on the road, while the Clippers won seven of the last eight games in front of their own crowd and I am backing the hosts to cover the -5 spread.
Prediction: Los Angeles Clippers -5 (-110)
Full-Game Total Pick
The total is set at 219 and considering that none of the previous 14 H2H duels produced more than 215 points and that’s why I am going with under in this one. The Pacers will certainly deal with some tired legs late in the game, so I don’t expect them to contribute well enough in the offense and under is 6-0 in Pacers last six overall. Also, under is 4-0 in Pacers last four road games; under is 4-1 in Clippers previous five vs. NBA Central opponents, while under is 8-1 in Clippers last nine games vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600.
Prediction: Under 219 (-110)
Full-Game Prop Bet
Los Angeles was up at halftime in four of their previous five games, while Indiana had a lead after the opening 24 minutes in three of their last five games. The Pacers were up by 18 points in the first H2H meeting of the season and I am backing the hosts to get revenge for a blowout loss in that game and dominate this tilt from the starts. The -2.5 spread is not a big one and I am going with the Clippers to cover it.
Prediction: Los Angeles Clippers -2.5 (-110)
Half-Time Side Pick
The total is set at 113 and even though the previous H2H clash produced even 124 points in the first half, I am going with under here because I already backed under in the end of this tilt. Indiana’s offense is struggling on the road lately and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them scoring under 55 points in the opening 24 minutes against the Clippers. Los Angeles is surely not known for their good D, but the Pacers will be tired and I expect them to miss a bunch of shots.
Prediction: Under 113 (-110)