Clippers vs Pacers Prediction - NBA Picks 12/18/23

Indiana Pacers (13-12) vs Los Angeles Clippers (15-10)

Game Info: Monday, December 18, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Gainbridge Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Indiana Pacers +2.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Los Angeles Clippers and the Indiana Pacers duke it out at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Monday night. Here's a Clippers vs Pacers prediction. 

Los Angeles Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers have been in red-hot form as they've won 12 of their last 15 games overall and they will be looking to build on their current seven-game win streak after routing the Knicks in a 144-122 home win on Saturday. Kawhi Leonard led the team with 36 points, seven rebounds and four assists on 12 of 16 shooting, Paul George added 25 points with seven assists while James Harden chipped in with 10 points and 12 assists. As a team, the Clippers shot 56 percent from the field and 16 of 33 from the 3-point line as they jumped all over the Knicks from the start, exploding for 42 points in the second quarter to take an 11-point lead into halftime and they just didn't take their foot off the gas, outpacing the Knicks in every quarter. Leonard barely missed a shot all night, all five Clippers starters finished in double figures and they committed just eight turnovers in a dominant performance.

Los Angeles Clippers Player Facts

  • Paul George ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for FT% (92.8%) this season.
  • Ivica Zubac ranks 2nd in the Western Conference amongst qualified players for FG% (61.7%) this season.

Indiana Pacers

Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers have been in a rut as they've lost three of their past four games and they will be hoping for a better performance after getting thrashed by the Timberwolves in a 127-109 road loss on Saturday. Bruce Brown and Aaron Nesmith scored 17 points each, Myles Turner and Isaiah Jackson scored 12 points each while TJ McConnell chipped in with 10 points and six assists in a rare start. As a team, the Pacers shot 50 percent from the field and a miserly six of 21 from the 3-point line as they kept pace with the Timberwolves in the first half, before they got blown away by 38-23 in the third quarter as they had no answer for the Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns who scorched them for 40 points.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for points per game this season (127.4).
  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for assists per game this season (30.3).
  • The Clippers rank T1st in the league for Q1 opponent points per game this season (25.9).
  • The Clippers rank 2nd in the league for Q1 win percentage this season (68.0%).

Clippers vs Pacers prediction

The Clippers could be shorthanded here with Bones Hyland listed as questionable, while the Pacers are keeping an eye on Tyrese Haliburton who is questionable. The Clippers come into this one as the team in better form and they certainly looked good in their dominant win over the Knicks on Saturday, while the Pacers have gone in the opposite direction since the In-Season Tournament. The line is quite short for this one, but I'm sticking with the Clippers to maintain their momentum with another win and cover at the short line.

Peter’s Pick Los Angeles -2.5

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