Indiana Pacers at New Orleans Pelicans - 12/26/22 NBA Picks and Prediction
New Orleans Pelicans (20-12) vs Indiana Pacers (17-16)
Game Info: Monday, December 26, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans -6 -- Over/Under: 231.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Indiana Pacers and New Orleans Pelicans meet Monday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center. The Indiana Pacers have split their last 8 games. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last 8 games.
The Indiana Pacers are averaging 114.6 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 115.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Tyrese Haliburton is averaging 20.7 points and 3.9 rebounds, while Buddy Hield is averaging 17.5 points and 4.7 rebounds. Bennedict Mathurin is the third double-digit scorer and Myles Turner is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game.
The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 117.9 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 25.2 points and 7.2 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 20.8 points and 5.1 rebounds. CJ McCollum is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.3 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game.
The Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pelicans are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win. The under is 7-3-1 in Pacers last 11 overall. The over is 5-0 in Pelicans last 5 overall. The Pacers are 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in New Orleans and 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
It's hard to back the Indiana Pacers with confidence because you're never sure which team is going to show up. The New Orleans Pelicans are expected to have Zion back for this contest, and they've been impressive at home this season, where they win by an average of 7.8 points and shoot 49.4 percent from the field. The Pels have the edge here at home with their best player back in the mix. I'll lay the chalk with the home team.
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Randy’s Pick New Orleans Pelicans -6
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