Thunder at Pacers Free Saturday Play

On March 19, 2016, in Free Picks, NBA, by Stephen

Thunder minus 3 at Pacers

Oklahoma City is at least one level higher than Indiana, has revenge motivation and is playing well.

The Thunder are coming on winning their last three games – beating Portland at home by 34 points, taking out the Celtics in Boston by 21 and easing past the 76ers by 14 last night in which Serge Ibaka was rested and none of the starters had to log major minutes.

This is a game of stars. The Thunder have three of them: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Ibaka. The Pacers have Paul George and he’s on a cold streak making just 34.5 percent of his shots from the floor during the last three games.

The Thunder are the top rebounding team in the NBA. The Pacers have lost the rebounding battle in each of their last three games. They might be without center Ian Mahinmi, too. He missed the Pacers’ last game two nights ago with a sore back. Indiana might be thin in the backcourt also as Ty Lawson is questionable with a sore ankle.

This is a revenge spot for the Thunder from a month ago when the Pacers outscored them by 10 points during the final three minutes to pull out a 101-98 win in Oklahoma City. Indiana, which ranks 19th in 3-point percentage at 34.6 percent, hit 41 percent of their 3-pointers in that game while the Thunder shot 19 percent from 3-point range missing 19 of 26 from beyond the arc. On the season, the Thunder make 35 percent of their 3-pointers.

Indiana often struggles against Western Conference foes failing to cover in 19 of its last 28 games against them going 2-7 ATS in its past nine games versus Northwest Division opponents.


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