Nuggets vs. Pacers Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Pacers are a 5.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under sits at 217 points.
Denver enters with a 14-11 record and 10-15 ATS after a 103-89 victory at the Magic. Indiana is 15-11 overall and 16-10 ATS following a 106-102 home win over the Cavaliers, its third win in a row and also ending the Cavs' 13-game win streak. The Nuggets went 2-0 straight up and 2-0 ATS in two meetings last season. The over went 2-0.
In the win at Orlando, Kenneth Faried paced Denver with 20 points along with 10 rebounds and two blocked shots off the bench. Emmanuel Mudiay contributed 18 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals off the bench. Will Barton added 19 points, six rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocked shots. The Nuggets outscored the hosts 89-64 over the final three quarters of play.
Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 33 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the win over the Cavaliers. Myles Turner accounted for 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots. Thaddeus Young added 13 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. Indiana outscored Cleveland by a count of 49-39 in the second half.
Denver is 18-7-1 in the last 26 meetings. The over is 4-0 in the last four meetings.
The Pacers have been a very competitive and fun team when healthy this season and the victory over Cleveland showed them at their best. Oladipo is playing at an All-Star level and isn't likely to slow down any time soon. Indiana is 9-4 straight up at home, while Denver is only 4-9 on the road. The spread is manageable enough for the Pacers to get the job done here.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: INDIANA PACERS -5.5