The Los Angeles Clippers (15-10) travel to face off against the Indiana Pacers (13-11) on Monday, December 18th. This game will be played at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The Clippers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Pacers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Knicks. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
Clippers vs Pacers
The Clippers Are Coming Off A Win
The Clippers won vs. the Knicks in their most recent game, ending with a score of 144-122. At the beginning of the second half, the Clippers were leading 77-66.
In their last ten games, the Clippers have gone 8-2 and enter today’s game vs. the Pacers with an overall record of 15-10. In their 25 games, the Clippers have gone 13-8 vs. Western Conference teams, while going 2-2 in non-conference play.
The Clippers have covered the spread successfully in their previous three games and maintain an overall ATS record of 12-13. Los Angeles has covered the spread in three consecutive home games, while maintaining an ATS record of 8-6 at home as opposed to 4-7 on the road.
The Pacers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In the game against the Timberwolves, Bruce Brown was the top scorer for Indiana, recording 17 points. His field goal percentage for the game was 50%. While Aaron Nesmith was 2nd on the team with 17 points, Indiana fell short in the game with a final score of 127-109.
Heading into their matchup with the Clippers, the Pacers are 13-11 overall and are hoping to end a three game losing skid. At home, the Pacers have gone 7-5 compared to their 6-6 record on the road this season.
Indiana has an ATS record above .500, currently standing at 13-11 against the spread. As the favorite this season, Indiana is 6-6 vs. the spread while going 7-5 as the underdog.
Clippers Offense Breakdown
Through 25 games the Clippers are averaging 115.6 points per contest, placing them 13th in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Clippers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.2 made 3’s per game. If Los Angeles continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 24th in the league in possessions per game.
Pacers Offense Breakdown
The Pacers arrive for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top offensive teams, scoring an average of 127.4 points per game (1st). The Pacers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.2 made 3’s per game. A key to the teams offensive success is their ability to avoid turning the ball over. So far, Indiana is ranked 9th in fewest turnovers per game.
Clippers Team Defense
So far this season, the Clippers defense has been performing well, ranking 5th in the NBA at 110.0 points allowed per contest.
When it comes to forced turnovers, the Clippers are forcing 12.4 per game, which is 8th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 15th in blocked shots at 5.3 per game.
Pacers Team Defense
Looking at the Pacers defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 126.0 points per game (29th).
In the terms of takeaways, Pacers are causing 12.6 turnovers per game, ranking 9th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 3rd in rejections, averaging 6.3 blocked shots each game.
Key Players For The Clippers And Pacers
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Kawhi Leonard is set to be the main scorer for the Clippers, recording 19 points and shooting 7/13 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 24 points per game, along with 5.9 rebounds.
On the other side, Tyrese Haliburton is our projected leading scorer for the Pacers. We have him ending the game with a team-high 18 and grabbing 3 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 51.5% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 25.7 points per game.
Clippers vs Pacers Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, Los Angeles has an ATS record of 3-2 while averaging 119 per game. The team went 4-1 overall in these games.
- Although Indiana has a straight up record of 5-5 in their last ten home games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 5-5. The team averaged 130 points per game in these games.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Pacers have gone 6-4 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 6-4.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the favorite, Los Angeles has an ATS mark of 7-3 while going 9-1 straight up.
Entering the game as underdogs with a spread of +3, the Pacers is our point spread pick. Our projections not only see them covering the spread but also indicate a solid chance of an outright victory. This is a good choice for those looking for a higher moneyline payout.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 241, and our model predicts the Clippers and Pacers to score a combined 224 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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