Pacers vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Pacers vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction 3/1/2024

The Indiana Pacers (34-26) travel to face off against the New Orleans Pelicans (35-25) on Friday, March 1st. This game will be played at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans and televised on WVUE. The Pacers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Pelicans are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Pelicans. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.

Pacers vs Pelicans

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The Pacers Are Coming Off A Win

The Pacers beat the Pelicans in their most recent game, ending with a score of 123-114. The start of the second half saw the Pacers in the lead, at 64-53.

As of now, the Pacers are 34-26 overall and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. In the Eastern Conference, the Pacers are in 7th place and are 3rd in the Central Division.

Against the spread, Indiana are currently above .500, at 32-26 ATS. When playing on the road, the Pacers hold an ATS record of 15-12 in contrast to a 17-14 record against the spread when playing at home.

The Pelicans Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

The Pelicans is coming off a loss to the Pacers in their latest game, ending with a score of 123-114. In addition to their straight-up loss, the Pelicans couldn’t cover the spread as +4 point underdogs. In terms of the over/under, the combined 237 points was below the over/under line of 239.5.

Coming into today, the Pelicans are 35-25 overall and have gone 2-3 in their last five games. In the Western Conference, they are 6th and are 1st in the Southwest division.

Presently, New Orleans boasts an ATS record of 32-28, which is above .500 against the spread. New Orleans has not been good vs. the spread in their last two home games, and they are 16-13 ATS at home compared to 16-15 on the road.

Pacers Offense Breakdown

The Pacers come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 123.9 points per game (1st).

This season, the Pacers have been the NBA’s most prolific scoring team, averaging 123.9 points per game. They have also been the top-scoring road team in the league, averaging 121.2 points per game away from home.

Indiana’s offense is built around their ability to get to the basket, as they lead the NBA in two-point field goal percentage at 58%. Overall, they are shooting 50% from the field, which is the best mark in the league.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Pacers have been solid, hitting 38% of their attempts. However, they are 12th in the league in three-point attempts per game.

Pelicans Offense Breakdown

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Through 60 games the Pelicans are averaging 116 points per contest, placing them 14th in the NBA.

In terms of scoring, the Pelicans are 14th in the NBA at 116 points per game. They have scored 116.8 points per game at home compared to 115.4 on the road.

When it comes to pace, New Orleans is 19th in the league at 98 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 9th overall at 48%.

So far this season, the Pelicans have made an average of 12.2 three-pointers per game, which is 19th in the NBA. They are also 12th in two-point field goal percentage at 54%.

Pacers Team Defense

Coming into the game, the Pacers will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 122.0 points per game (28th). When it comes to forced turnovers, the Pacers are forcing 12.8 per game, which is 17th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 8th in blocked shots at 5.8 per game.

Pelicans Team Defense

Coming into the game, the Pelicans defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 35.0% of their games. Currently, they are 8th in the NBA at 111.9 points per game allowed. The New Orleans defense has allowed opponents to shoot 34.6% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 46.3% of their field goal attempts vs. New Orleans.

Key Players For The Pacers And Pelicans

The outlook for today’s matchup points to Tyrese Haliburton as the primary point contributor for the Pacers, finishing with 21 points while maintaining a 8/15 shooting accuracy. During this season, he is delivering an average of 21.4 points per game, along with 3.7 rebounds.

As for New Orleans, Brandon Ingram is projected to be the primary scorer for the Pelicans. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 22, and adding 5 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 48.8% and is averaging 21.6 points per contest.

Pacers vs Pelicans Trends

  • In their last ten games away from home, the Pacers have a straight up record of 4-6 while going 4-5-1 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 115 points per game in these contests.
  • Through their last three home games, New Orleans has an ATS record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 2-1 while averaging 108 points per game.
  • As the betting underdog, the Pacers have an ATS mark of just 5-3-2 in their last ten games. Indiana posted a straight up mark of 4-6 in these matchups.
  • The last ten games that New Orleans was favored, they have an ATS mark of 4-6 while going 7-3 straight up.

Pacers vs Pelicans Prediction

As the underdogs with a spread of +5.5, we recommend going with the Pacers on the point spread. We not only see them covering the spread but also have a strong likelihood of winning this one outright, especially if you’re seeking a higher payout on the moneyline.

Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 238.5 and given that our model is projecting 269 points between the teams, we like the over.

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