The Indiana Pacers (31-21) will be at home in Bankers Life Fieldhouse when they clash against the New Orleans Pelicans (21-31). Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 8, 2020, and it can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest – Indiana.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Indiana Pacers Betting Preview
In the Pelicans’ last outing, they beat the Chicago Bulls, 125-119, resulting in a push. With 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Josh Hart played well for New Orleans. The Pelicans had a fantastic effective field goal percentage of 0.655 (above their season average of 0.533) and had a better offensive rebounding percentage (23.7 vs. 23.4). The two teams combined to score 244 points, which came in over the O/U total of 231.
The Pacers failed to cover as 6-point favorites in their 115-106 loss to the Toronto Raptors in their last outing. Domantas Sabonis led Indiana in scoring with 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Toronto forced the Pacers into a TO percentage of 17.3 (above their season average of 11.2). Indiana, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 26.2 (above their season average of 20.5). Combined, the two squads scored 221 points, which finished over the projected point total of 215.5.
Indiana should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. Indiana ranks fifth in the league at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 12.3 percent), while New Orleans forces the eighth-fewest turnovers (12.9 percent). This contest should be a showdown of contrasting styles. The fast-paced Pelicans rank third in possessions per game, while the slower-paced Pacers rank 28th.
Of New Orleans’ 52 games, 29 have finished over the O/U total, while 27 of Indiana’s 51 games have finished over the projected point total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Pacers have a sizable advantage. They are 31-21 SU and 27-22-2 ATS, while the Pelicans are 21-31 SU and 24-24-4 ATS.
These two clubs have already met once this season. In that game, the two teams combined to put up 218 points, just over the projected point total of 217.5. The Pelicans won 120-98, covering as 2-point favorites. The Pelicans played a nearly flawless game. They had a turnover percentage of 10.5 and a solid effective field goal percentage of 0.559. The Pacers put up marks of 15.5 and 0.424, respectively, for those same stats. Brandon Ingram had a standout performance in the victory, putting up 24 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Indiana Pacers Betting Prediction
Free NBA Tip: SU Winner – Pelicans, ATS Winner – Pelicans, O/U – Over
Indiana ranks seventh in points off turnovers allowed per game (15.0) while New Orleans ranks 28th (19.1).
Indiana ranks 11th in fast break points allowed per game (12.6) while New Orleans ranks 26th (15.2).
The Pacers average 26.2 assists per game, which ranks fifth in the NBA. The Pelicans rank 17th in assists allowed per game (24.4).
New Orleans is 11-11-4 ATS on the road, while Indiana is 12-11-2 ATS at home.
Indiana is 2-3 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under in its last five games.
Over its last five outings, New Orleans is 2-2-1 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Pacers have been outscored by an average of 3.4 points in their last five games. For the season, Indiana has defeated opponents by an average of 2.3 points.
During their last five games, the Pelicans have scored an average of 121.2 points per game (6.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 115.6 points per game (1.6 below their season average).