NBA Betting: San Antonio Spurs vs Indiana Pacers

At the moment, the San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers are moving in different directions, although they are both still in the lead in their respective conferences. But while the Spurs will be pursuing their 18th consecutive victory in Monday night’s game, the Pacers have been stumbling along a little, with four losses in their last six games. NBA basketball betting action between these two squads will tip off at 7:05 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, a city that is still buzzing after the Midwest Regional in the NCAA Tournament was held there on the weekend.

San Antonio has a straight-up record of 57-16, which is good enough to have them three games ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder and in the lead in the Western Conference. The Spurs also have the NBA’s best record overall, as well as the best road record (28-8 SU). In addition to this, they are 40-33 against the basketball pointspread.

Indiana’s situation has been less fruitful lately. The Pacers are 52-22 straight-up, and have lost nine of their last 15 games. At the moment they are a game ahead of the Miami Heat for first place overall in the Eastern Conference. They have been poisonous for those who have backed them with their NBA betting dollars, covering just two of their last 18 contests. Indiana still has a 33-4 straight-up record at home.

That doesn’t mean they are getting all the respect in the world. In the NBA basketball betting odds that are posted at VietBet, handicappers are certainly being challenged to send some money the way of the Pacers:

VietBet.comSan Antonio Spurs  -5
Indiana Pacers  +5
Over 190 points  -110
Under 190 points  -110

It is certainly unusual on the surface that a team leading the defending NBA champs in the standings would be getting points like this at home, but that is exactly what the situation is, and how can you advocate going against San Antonio, the way they have been playing? They have won seventeen straight, and six of these wins have been on the road, including a 133-102 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night  In five of their last six games, the Spurs have held their opponents below 41% shooting.

Basketball bettors know that the Pacers have been able to gain and maintain their first-place position because they have been able to keep their foes in 41% territory for most of the season. But the problems for Indiana have arisen because their opponents have apparently been playing some very effective defense against THEM.

Indiana has shot under 37% over its last five games, and their output has been abysmal, as they have averaged just 77 points over that time. The dysfunction on offense is like a disease that has spread. Paul George has shot just 31% over his last eight games. David West is 34% in his last five. Those VietBet customers looking for NBA betting trends may want to take note that the Pacers have played eight straight games under the total (the Spurs, incidentally, have gone “under” in five of their last six).

There is a revenge motive for San Antonio as well. In the previous meeting this season, which took place on December 7, Indiana “Pearl Harbored” San Antonio at the AT&T Center, hitting 53.5% from the field in a 111-100 win. Indiana had a 30-point advantage over the second and third quarters, and the Pacers were able to demonstrate some superiority that night on the inside, as they were able to get to the free throw line 28 times, compared to just six times for the Spurs.

Since the Pacers have been so moribund on offense of late, it is hard for NBA bettors to tell if they were looking ahead to this one when they shot just 37% in a 90-76 loss at Cleveland last night. Suffice it to say that Indiana would have to have a definitive reversal of form if they are to put at end to the highly-motivated Spurs’ winning streak.

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Cole Ryan

Cole Ryan

Cole started off as a part time handicapper and a full time computer programmer. After developing a computer program that consistently provided winners in NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports Cole went into full time handicapping. The computer program and his knack for winners made him a rising star in the handicapping world. His complex computer program based on algorithms and analytical calculations have led to a 60% ATS rate.