Pacers vs. Nuggets Prediction
The Pacers came from behind to stun the Thunder in their previous game but have been inconsistent on the road this season. Are they a poor bet to cover as an underdog tonight in Denver where they’ll take on the Nuggets at 9:00 p.m. ET?
9:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, March 16, 2019
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook BetNow.eu, the Nuggets are 7-point favorites to beat the Pacers. The total, meanwhile, sits at 213.5 points and as of this writing, 57% of the public betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Nuggets to cover the point spread.
Indiana Pacers Fantasy Spin
Thad Young scored 11 points (5-of-10 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs) with four rebounds, two assists, one block and three steals in 32 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday. Young's steals continue to be a major asset for him, swiping at least two in four of his six games since the calendar flipped to March. He's averaging 10.7 points, 6.2 boards, 4.0 dimes, 1.7 steals and 1.0 triples per game over his last five, which puts him inside the top-75 in that time frame. Indiana finishes up with a 3-4-3 schedule across the next three weeks, which makes Thad an attractive fantasy piece.
Denver Nuggets Fantasy Spin
Nikola Jokic hit his first game-winning shot at the buzzer during a 100-99 victory over the Mavs on Thursday, scoring 11 points with 14 rebounds, eight assists, one block and two turnovers in 30 minutes. He didn't make a field goal until the fourth quarter and hit an off-balanced shot for the win. The Nuggets offense was able to get back on track on Tuesday with 133 points, but they did struggle today besides Paul Millsap. Earlier this week, coach Mike Malone made it clear how he wants the offense to get back on track. "Give him the ball. We have to give him the ball more," Malone said about Jokic. "Some of the shots that we take are awful shots. I think in that game, we had 30 possessions where we had either zero passes or one-pass shots and they were bad shots. If you want to help Nikola out, give him the ball." The Nuggets will live and die by Jokic, and fantasy owners should have high hopes with his great schedule the rest of the way.
NBA Betting Trends
The Pacers are 5-1 against the spread in their last six Western Conference matchups.
The Nuggets have covered the spread in seven of their previous eight home games when facing an opponent with a winning road record.
The Pacers are just 2-5-1 against the spread in their last eight games versus the Nuggets and are 1-3-1 against the number in their last five games in Denver. Indiana has also struggled to cover on the road, dropping four straight away from its home court and four straight on the road when facing a team with a winning record at home. Finally, the Nuggets have been profitable at home, covering the spread in 18 of their previous 26 games at the Pepsi Center.
Saturday NBA Prediction: Denver Nuggets -7