Monday, April 1, 2013 10:30 p.m. (ET)
Television: NBA TV
NBA Betting Odds: VietBet
Pointspread: Los Angeles -3.5
Total Line: 193
Indiana brings a four-game winning streak into this matchup including a 112-104 victory over Phoenix this past Saturday as a 10.5-point favorite on the road. It was its third-straight road victory as part of four-game Western Conference swing. The Indiana Pacers are now 47-27 straight-up (41-33 against the spread) on the year and 18-19 SU (19-18 ATS) on the road. The total has stayed UNDER in five of their last seven games overall.
Defense remains the strength of this Indiana team with the lowest amount of points allowed in the league (89.7). It also leads the NBA in rebounds with 46.4 behind Roy Hibbert’s team-high 8.3 boards a game. Paul George and David West are each averaging over 17 points and seven rebounds a game and George Hill is chipping-in another 14.2 points and 4.7 assists. Overall, Indiana is averaging 94.9 points a game while shooting just 43.5 percent from the field.
The Clippers are coming off a sloppy 89-81 loss to Houston this past Saturday as one-point road underdogs. It was their third SU loss as part of a four-game road trip that has them in fourth place in the West at 49-25 SU (40-34 ATS). The Los Angeles Clippers return home where it has gone 28-8 SU (21-15 ATS) this season. The total has gone OVER in five of its last seven games.
This is another team that knows how to play defense; holding teams to just 94.5 points a game which is the fourth lowest total in the NBA. Behind Blake Griffin (18.3 points) and Chris Paul (17 points) the Clippers are averaging 100.6 points on the other end of the court which is the ninth highest total in the league. Jamal Crawford continues to be a huge contributor off the bench with an average of 16.6 points a game and DeAndre Jordan is second on the team in rebounds with an average of 7.1.
Free NBA Pick
The best pick in this matchup could be on the UNDER as points will be hard to come by for both teams on Monday night. If playing a side, stick with Indiana to keep this contest close for all four quarters to cover with the five points.
Los Angeles 93 Indiana 89
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