The Eastern Conference showdown at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, will see the Brooklyn Nets going against the Indiana Pacers. They will meet each other for the third time this season, and the Pacers have recorded a couple of straight-up and ATS wins in the previous two meetings. Indiana is the No. 5 seed in the East at the moment, while Brooklyn is tied with Orlando at the 6th spot and its playoff appearance is still in jeopardy. NBA: Sunday, April 7, 2019, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana, 5:00 PM ET
The Nets are desperate for a back-to-back win
The Brooklyn Nets (40-40; 43-37 ATS) are coming off a huge 133-128 victory at the Milwaukee Bucks last night to bolster their playoff hopes and put an end to a two-game skid. The Nets scored 42 points in the third quarter to build a 12-point lead, enjoying an excellent shooting night. They made 49.5% of their field goals and 19 triples out of 45 attempts. D’Angelo Russell had 25 points and ten assists while shooting 10-of-15 from the field. Caris LeVert added 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field off the bench.
D’Angelo Russell is leading the way for the Nets, averaging 21.2 points and 7.0 assists per game. Spencer Dinwiddie is tallying 17.0 points and 4.5 dimes per contest, mostly coming off the bench. Caris LeVert is posting 13.7 points per game, while Joe Harris is adding 13.6 points a night. The Nets are scoring 109.4 points per 100 possessions (19th in the league) on 44.9% shooting from the field (23rd), allowing 109.9 points in a return (14th in the league) on 45.6% shooting from the field (also 14th).
The Pacers fell short in their most important game of the season so far
The Indiana Pacers (47-33; 39-40-1 ATS) are coming off a painful 117-97 defeat to the Boston Celtics this past Friday to snap their two-game winning streak, but what’s more important, the Pacers will almost certainly finish the season at the 5th spot of the Eastern Conference standings. They are still in the race for the No. 4 seed, and the Pacers need to win their ultimate two games and the Celtics to lose their next two contests. They won’t give up, for sure, as Boston has a tough matchup with Orlando at home and a road trip to Washington in their season finale.
Bojan Bogdanovic stepped up following Victor Oladipo’s season-ending injury, and sharpshooter is leading the way for the Pacers with 18.0 points per game on 49.7% shooting from the field. Domantas Sabonis is averaging 14.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, mostly coming off the bench. Myles Turner is posting 13.4 points, 7.2 boards, and 2.7 blocks per contest, while Thaddeus Young is adding 12.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per outing. The Pacers are scoring 109.8 points per 100 possessions (18th in the league) on 47.5% shooting from the field (4th), surrendering 106.2 points in a return (3rd in the league) on 45.0% shooting from the field (6th).
- 0-6 SU and 1-5 ATS in the last six road encounters with Indiana
- 3-11 SU and ATS on the second day of the last 14 back-to-back sets
- 4-13 SU in the last 17 outings as underdogs
- 9-0 SU and 8-1 ATS in the last nine meetings with Brooklyn
- 11-4 SU and 10-5 ATS in the last 15 games at home
The Winner Prediction
The Nets will be highly motivated to make another upset after last night’s victory at Milwaukee, but they could lack fuel in the tank. The Nets have been terrible on the second day of their back-to-back sets lately, so I’m backing the Pacers to win the game and cover the spread. It’s a tough wager, considering the importance of the game for the Nets, but the Pacers have won nine straight games against Brooklyn, covering the spread eight times in that span.
The Pick: Indiana Pacers -3.5 (-105)