Date/Time: 01-02-2020, 19:00 EDT / 00:00 GMT
Spread: Indiana Pacers -1.5 Total: +208.5
Two of the NBA’s toughest defenses who are coming off opposite outcomes in their latest matchups are clashing today, when the fifth in the East Indiana Pacers (22-12), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the second in the West Denver Nuggets (23-10), who, on the other hand, want to bounce back after their latest defeat.
The Indiana Pacers have a 22-12 record (19-14-1 against the spread) and are tied with the Sixers in the 5th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against the Sixers with a 115-97 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by TJ Warren with 17.8 ppg, adding 3.6 rebounds per game. He is followed by Malcolm Brogdon with 17.7 ppg, 4.4 rebounds and a team high 7.4 assists per game.
The Denver Nuggets have a 23-10 record (12-17-4 against the spread) and are tied with the Clippers in the second place of the West. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Rockets with a 104-130 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Nikola Jokic with 18.1 ppg, adding team highs both in rebounding with 9.9 and in assists made with 6.7 per game. He is followed by Jamal Murray with 17.1 ppg, 4.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.
In their three meetings last season the Nuggets led the Pacers 2-1 wins with each team winning at home. The Pacers are 15-3 at home, while the Nuggets are 8-6 on the road. The Pacers are better offensively, scoring 109.1 ppg to the Nuggets’ 108.2, while the Nuggets, the second-best defense in the league, allow 103.9 ppg to the Pacers’ 105.4. The Pacers have better percentages both in field goals (46.7% to 45.8%) and in 3-pointers (36.6% to 35.5%). The Nuggets on the other hand are better in boards grabbed (45.1 to 44) and in dimes made (26.5 to 25.5), while the Pacers are better in turnovers committed (13.2 to 13.9). The Bookmakers give the Pacers a -1.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Nuggets vs Pacers Prediction: Indiana Pacers -1.5 (-110)