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Should Bettors Expect a Low-Scoring Contest in Pacers-Pelicans?

Thaddeus Young

The Indiana Pacers and New Orleans Pelicans were supposed to collide in the Bayou State on February 7, but thanks to a leaky roof at the Smoothie King Center the game was postponed. That’s set to be made up tonight, which has led to a road-heavy end of the season for the Pacers. Low-scoring affairs are the norm when the Pacers and Pelicans get together. In the past 10 meetings between the teams, the UNDER is 8-2.

MyBookie opened the Pelicans as 1.5-point home favorites with a total of 221.

  • The total has gone UNDER in nine of the Pacers’ last 10 games with one day off between games.
  • The Pacers are 7-3 SU and ATS in their last 10 games.
  • The Pacers are 0-4 ATS in their last four games against the Pelicans.

The makeup contest interrupts what was supposed to be a three-game homestand for Indiana, and the team will play seven of its final 10 games away from Indianapolis as a result. The Pacers received a shot in the arm in the form of the return of Myles Turner, who came back from a one-game absence to post 21 points and seven rebounds in a 110-100 victory over the L.A. Lakers on Monday.

New Orleans is in even worse shape, as tonight’s tilt is in the middle of a set that sees the club play three games in as many days. When the current stretch is done, the Pelicans will have played five games in six nights. All-star Anthony Davis notched 37 points on 15-of-21 shooting in Tuesday’s 115-105 triumph over Dallas to help the Pelicans move three games ahead of the ninth-place Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference playoff race.

Indy has claimed 12 of the past 15 meetings between the teams, but the Pels posted a 117-112 triumph on November 7 thanks to 37 points from Davis. The Pellies are cashing spread bets when tabbed as faves, going 5-1 ATS in their last six as chalk.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those looking to pick the visitors as their prediction to cover in this one found the Indiana Pacers listed as 3.5-point underdogs earlier at BetOnline. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER total betting line for this game was set at 223 at Bovada but may have moved since the betting odds opened.

OddsShark prediction models pick the Pacers to win this game 105-103. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Indiana Pacers vs New Orleans Pelicans Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Indiana Pacers have seen them go 41-30 and 40-31 ATS so far this NBA season, while the New Orleans Pelicans are at 41-30 and 38-32-1 ATS. In OVER/UNDER totals betting, the Pelicans are 42-28-1, while the Pacers are 26-42-3. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New Orleans vs Indiana injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 15 (New Orleans) and the No. 11 (Indiana) teams in the league, according to our current NBA betting Power Rankings at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Indiana Pacers rank No. 22 in the league with 42.28 per game. That compares with New Orleans' No. 14 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where New Orleans is the NBA's No. 18-ranked team at 10.31 treys per game, while Indiana rates No. 26 with 9.04 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Myles Turner scored 21 points leading the Pacers to a 110-100 victory over the Los Angeles at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday.

Anthony Davis poured in 37 points for New Orleans on Tuesday, as they defeated Dallas 115-105 at Smoothie King Center.

Betting Trends
  • Indiana is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Indiana is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Indiana's last 11 games
  • Indiana is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • New Orleans is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games
  • New Orleans is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of New Orleans' last 15 games
  • New Orleans is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Indiana home to Los Angeles, Friday, March 23
New Orleans home to Los Angeles, Thursday, March 22