Oklahoma City Thunder v Indiana Pacers – NBA Betting Preview and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder edged past New Orleans Pelicans over the weekend and will look to keep the momentum alive as they play host to Indiana Pacers in this cross-conference bout which is bound to produce a close contest. The exciting basketball fixture is set to take place at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Thursday, December 5.
Thunder seeking revenge against Indiana Pacers
Oklahoma City Thunder are entering this bout with 8-11 on the year and a slightly more promising 3-2 in their last five. Looking back to their most recent five fixtures, OKC lost to LA Lakers (127:130), defeated GSW (100:97), lost to Portland Trail Blazers (119:136) and won their next two, twice against New Orleans Pelicans (109:104 and 107:104), who they bet at home and in New Orleans. The said fixture was relatively close throughout, with Thunder grabbing a four-point lead in Q1 (33:29), which was reduced to one point in Q2 (23:26). The third quarter once more ended in Thunder’s favor, who extended their lead by an additional four points (26:22) and despite all the hustle managed to keep ahold of their lead by the end of Q4 (25:27). The match ended with a close 107:104 win for Thunder who will look to keep the streak alive and add their third consecutive win against Indiana Pacers, who already bested them mid-November (111:85). Top scorer of the night in Thunder’s second bout with Pelicans was Jrue Holiday with 26 points, to which he added three rebounds and four assists. Danilo Gallinari was second with 23 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. Brandon Ingram ended the match as the third-best shooter with 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Indiana Pacers resurgence in form
Indiana Pacers started their 2019/20 campaign slow, but have fully recovered from their early-season slump as they now sit at 13-7 on the year with a very solid record of six wins in their last seven. That said, they did drop a match against Philadelphia 76ers (116:119) over the weekend. Other than that, Pacers defeated Memphis Grizzlies twice (126:114 and 117:104), Utah Jazz (121:102) and Atlanta Hawks (105:104)(OT). In regards to their most recent bout with Memphis Grizzlies (117:104), Indiana proved to be the dominant side throughout the match. Pacers started the fixture by claiming a five-point lead in Q1 (19:24), to which they added another five points in Q2 (33:28). By the half time mark, Indiana was already up by double digits (59:47) and they did not slow down in the third quarter, where the edged past Grizzlies (28:26) for the third time. The last quarter was closer than expected (32:31), yet it was Indiana who came out ahead. The match ended with a confident win for Indiana (117:104), who will look to keep the momentum going in game 21 of the season. The top scorer of the night was Jaren Jackson with 31, to which he added four rebounds and two assists. Solomon Hill was second-best with 22 points, six rebounds and two assists, while Dillon Brooks ended the match with 19 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Malcolm Brogdon also ended the match with 19 points, six rebounds and nine assists.
Verdict & Prediction
Indiana Pacers will enter the Thursday’s fixture without Edmond Sumner, Jakarr Sampson and Victor Oladipo. Hosts on the other side will only miss Hamidou Diallo. Pacers already defeated Thunder last month (111:85) in a fairly dominant fashion and will look to repeat that success here. That said, we don’t believe we are in for another blowout win. Looking at the said fixture, it looked like Pacers played one of the best games of the season, while Thunder played one of their worst, and we are confident saying nine times out of ten, the result should have been much closer. This fixture will be played at Chesapeake Energy Arena, where Thunder hold a 6-4 record and 3-2 in their last five. Since the end of October, the only two teams who managed to defeat them in front of their own fans were LA Lakers (130:127) and Milwaukee Bucks (121:119), ergo the top two teams in the league and even those results were incredibly close. With big man Steven Adams finding his form, and Pacers’ Myles Turner seemingly continuing to struggle with his ankle injury, we must give Thunder a rather significant edge in the paint, which is reason enough to make us believe Thursday’s bout is Thunders’ to lose. Expect Nate McMillan’s men to avenge their defeat against Pacers and win in front of their home crowd.
Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder to win
Odds: 1.98 SBOBET