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Where: ORACLE Arena, Oakland California
When: Thursday, March 21, 2019, 10:30 pm Eastern
We have a National Basketball Association, non-conference tilt on Thursday evening when the Indiana Pacers visit Oakland for a matchup with the Golden State Warriors. Indiana is sitting in the fourth seed spot in the Eastern Conference and the Warriors are in their familiar number one spot in the Western Conference. I’m the Flash and I’m looking forward to previewing this contest for you today. Let’s make some “Cash with the Flash” on Thursday night!!!
Pacers Miss Oladipo
Indiana was cruising along, hammering everyone in sight, and then All-Star guard Victor Oladipo goes down with a season-ending leg injury. And now the Pacers are scrambling without their leading scorer. The Pacers still have a pretty good squad, and a decent point differential of plus 3.9, so things could be worse. Adding Wesley Matthews after being bought out by the New York Knicks has helped the perimeter defense some, but not enough as the Pacers have a record of 4-6 over their last ten games. Indiana will likely reach the playoffs, but without Oladipo something is missing and that something isn’t sitting on the Pacers bench.
The Pacers will be without head coach Nate McMillan tomorrow night, due to personal reasons. Assistant coach Dan Burke will be acting head coach against the Warriors. https://t.co/fE2LiHq7LZ
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) March 20, 2019
The Pacers are listing point guard Darren Collison as questionable for their game on Thursday with Golden State. Collison leads the Pacers in assists (6.1) and is valuable on both ends of the floor.
Indiana got blown out of their own gym by the Warriors in game one of their two-game season series. The Pacers have a road record of 17-19 this season and is hoping to stop a three-game losing skid on Thursday in Oakland.
Without Oladipo, the Pacers have been relying on Bojan Bogdanovic to pick up the scoring and he has, averaging 17.8 points this season with 4.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. Bogdanovic drills a pair of triples per game and has outscored his average in three of the last five games.
Over their last five games, Indiana scores an average of 103.6 points per game with nine offensive rebounds, 32.4 defensive boards and drop 25 dimes per game.
Golden State Signs Andrew Bogut
The Warriors are a curious team; they play like demons possessed one night and the next play like they have forgotten how to play basketball. Or win basketball games. And the Warriors are still at the top of the Western Conference, just half a game ahead of Denver and 3.5 games ahead of a surging Houston side. The Warriors lead the West in point differential (+5.9) and their road record of 24 wins and 12 losses is second only to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Warriors signed former Warrior Andrew Bogut to back up DeMarcus Cousins, and that has seemed to work out for the two games thus far. Love them or hate them, but the Warriors are probably the best basketball team on the planet.
Dubs ended this road trip on a high note 💪https://t.co/4VyOY5nmLd
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) March 20, 2019
Golden State has listed DeMarcus Cousins as probable and Shaun Livingston as questionable for Thursday night’s tilt with Indiana. Cousins has missed the last two games with this same ankle injury and Livingston aggravated whatever he’s dealing with on Tuesday night against Minnesota.
Steph Curry leads the Warriors in scoring, averaging 28 points per game with 5.2 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game. Curry drains 5.1 triples per game and has exceeded his scoring average twice in his last five games.
Over their past five games, the Warriors scored an average of 109.8 points per game with 10 offensive rebounds, 37 defensive rebounds and dished 30 assists.
- Warriors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Central.
- Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Under is 5-0 in Pacers last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Under is 7-1 in Pacers last 8 overall.
- Under is 6-1 in Pacers last 7 Thursday games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Yes, the Warriors drive us crazy with their up and down play and their failure to cover more than the 42 percent of the time as they have this season. This game is different because the Pacers are sinking, and they will be without possible Coach of the Year Nate McMillan who has a personal issue and won’t be at the arena. The Pacers might be without Collison and that will make things worse than they already are. And one thing Golden State does better than anyone is smell blood in the water. I’m making “Cash with the Flash” with the Warriors on Thursday night.
Full-Game Total Pick
Forget all about the last time these two sides played. Both teams are tremendous defensive teams, with the Pacers finishing under the total in 58 percent of their games and the Warriors finished under the total in 52 percent of their games this season. That looks really solid, doesn’t it?
When I did the math and added everything together, I came away with a total of 218 points and thought that was solid. I will play the under at 218 points or higher on Thursday evening.