Denver at Indiana NBA Betting Odds, Pick & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on March 23, 2017 in

The Denver Nuggets (34-37) will be in Indianapolis on Friday night to take on the Indiana Pacers (36-35) in an interconference battle. Denver got swept in a home-and- home with Houston but then dominated the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night, 126-113. The Pacers have been alternating wins and losses for their last 14 contests, most recently losing in Boston, 109-100, on Wednesday night. Let’s take a closer look at the NBA odds for the game.

Denver at Indiana NBA Betting Odds, Pick & TV Info

When: Friday, March 24, 2017, 7:00pm ET
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
RadioDenver / Indiana

Why should you bet on the Nuggets?

We definitely saw that good things are coming for the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. Denver outscored Cleveland in the paint, 70-30. The signature moment came in a third-quarter possession when second-year player Nikola Jokic backed down LeBron James in the post, finishing with a hook shot that set the Pepsi Center rocking. That put the Nuggets up 16 and added an exclamation point to a 15-3 run. Ball security was also terrific for the Nuggets, as they had 35 assists — and just six turnovers. If they play this type of ball against the Pacers, they will win easily.

Why should you put your money on the Pacers?

Paul George led Indiana with 37 points, and Jeff Teague posted 25, in the Pacers’ loss in Boston. The loss had as much to do with the Celtics’ can’t miss shooting — they put up 39 points in the third period. This was just the third game in the last 14 in which they had permitted 100 points — they have permitted an average of 98.8 points per contest since the All-Star game. The problems for Indiana came on defense, as they could not contain Marcus Smart, Al Horford or Isaiah Thomas. They need to pick up that defensive intensity if they want to beat Denver.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

These Nuggets have a high ceiling that they are just beginning to explore, while the Pacers are having problems maintaining consistency on defense. Of course, if the Pacers follow their win- loss alternation, they should win this one — and they’re much better at home. I like the Pacers to eke out a 99-96 win.