Thunder vs Pacers Prediction - NBA Picks 3/31/23

Indiana Pacers (33-44) vs Oklahoma City Thunder (38-39)

Game Info: Friday, March 31, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Gainbridge Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Indiana Pacers +3.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Indiana Pacers duke it out at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Friday night.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been in decent form as they’ve won four of their last seven games overall and they will be eager to keep it going after sneaking past the lowly Pistons in a 107-106 win on Wednesday. Jalen Williams led the team with 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists, Luguentz Dort added 20 points while Josh Giddey tallied 18 points with five rebounds and seven assists. As a team, the Hornets shot 44 percent from the field and 10 of 29 from the 3-point line as they went back and forth with the Pistons in a close contest, until the very last second where the Thunder’s Jalen Williams made the tip in shot at the buzzer to steal the win for the Thunder.

Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers have been in a slump as they’ve lost six of their last seven games overall and they will be hoping to arrest a four-game skid after getting run over by the Bucks in a 149-136 loss on Wednesday. Bennedict Mathurin led the team with 29 points on 11 of 21 shooting, Aaron Nesmith added 22 points on seven of nine shooting while Jordan Nwora chipped in with 18 points. As a team, the Pacers shot 52 percent from the field and 14 of 30 from the 3-point line as they kept pace with the hot shooting Bucks in the first half, before they leaked 46 points in the third quarter to allow the Bucks to run away with it in the end.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Thunder are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, 0-5 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall. The Pacers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record, 0-4 ATS in their last four home games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.

Head to head, the over is 14-5 in the last 19 meetings in Indiana and the Thunder are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in Indiana.

The Thunder are going to be shorthanded again as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been ruled out, while the Pacers have ruled out Tyrese Haliburton and Myles Turner once again. The Thunder haven’t been very good on the road lately, but they are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in Indiana and I think they can get the win in this spot behind a big game from Giddey.

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Peter’s Pick Oklahoma City -3.5

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