NBA Pick: Indiana Pacers vs. Golden State Warriors

Matchup: Indiana Pacers vs. Golden State Warriors

Date/Time: January 20th, 10:30 p.m. ET

Television: TNT

Basketball Odds from BetDSI

Point Spread: Warriors -7

Total: 213

A strong contender in the East will travel to face a strong contender in the West when the Golden State Warriors play host to the Indiana Pacers on TNT at 10:30 ET inside Oracle Arena.

In their last game, the Pacers enjoyed a route over another of the contenders in the West as they crushed the Los Angeles Clippers 106-92 Saturday night at home. Pacers F Paul George had a stellar performance in the win going for 36 points, six boards, two assists, and three steals. George’s star has continued to rise this season as he is averaging 23.2 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game. At 32-7 SU coming into Monday’s game, Indiana holds the East’s best record including a 10-2 SU mark against Western Conference foes. In the 14 games since his return, Pacers F Danny Granger has added a weapon to an already deep bench averaging 9.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. The Pacers own the top-ranked scoring defense in the NBA giving up just 88.2 points per game. Opponents are shooting just 32.1 percent from three-point range against Indy which also leads the league and will be a key component for a win at Golden State. The Pacers are the league’s top team ATS this season with a record of 27-12-0 including 11-6 ATS on the road. Monday starts a five-game west coast road trip for Indiana.

The Warriors played a game on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder that turned into a three-point shooting contest that they couldn’t win on Friday. On Saturday, Golden State found a road win in New Orleans over the Pelicans 97-87. Warriors G Stephen Curry had high-scoring games on back-to-back nights as he went for 37 at Oklahoma City and followed it up with 28 in the win at New Orleans. Golden State head coach Mark Jackson is asking a lot of Curry this season, who is averaging 23.5 points and 9.2 assists per game. Curry’s biggest help has come from F David Lee who scored 22 points on Saturday just above his 19.2 points per game average. The NBA’s third-highest three-point shooting team, Golden State shoots 38.7 percent from behind the arc. It will need a big shooting effort on Monday to get a win at home over the Pacers. The Warriors are just 6-10-1 ATS on their home floor this season which is just an awful stat for a bettor looking for the upset in this one.

Prediction:

Indiana traveled to Golden State on February 26th, 2013 and brought home a 108-97 win. In that game, the Warriors shot 12-of-21 from three-point land, but still fell short. We can’t foresee Curry going seven of 10 from behind-the-arc again to give the home team a chance in this game. Look for George to lead his team to another victory at Golden State where he scored 21 points in his last trip to Oracle Arena. Indiana 99 – Golden State 90

Adam Markowitz

Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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