Betting on the Pacers vs Warriors Match
This Friday night, the Indiana Pacers will be out west taking on the Golden State Warriors. Tipoff is set for 10:30pm Eastern time at ORACE Arena. The Warriors are currently 39-4, but even the fact that the Warriors have only won eight of their last 10 has some observers worrying that their play was slipping. The Warriors responded to those concerns by beating Cleveland by 34 on their own home floor and then routing the Bulls by a similar margin in the Windy City this week.
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Why should you bet on Golden State?
This is the second meeting this season between the Pacers and Warriors. On December 8, Golden State won their 23rd consecutive game to start the season in Indianapolis. The Pacers did run out to an early 21-15 lead in the first period, but then Golden State went on a 22-0 run that started with a thunderous dunk from Draymond Green. By the time the first period came to an end, the Warriors had 44 points on the board — and 79 points at the half. Somehow, the Pacers were able to cut the deficit down to single digits with 1:37 left in the fourth, but a tough shot by Stephen Curry sealed the 131-123 victory for the Warriors.
ORACE Arena is widely recognized as one of the toughest road arenas for teams to play. The seats are close, the crowd is raucous (and knows their basketball). Then there’s the fact that Stephen Curry has started off the 2015-16 season playing so well that he is a favorite to repeat as league MVP. He has already drained 196 three-point shots this season, more than 60 ahead of the #2 player in the league, who happens to be Klay Thompson, his teammate.
Why should you pick the Pacers?
The Pacers will enter ORACLE Arena after two days of rest on their four-game road trip. Pacer center Ian Mahinmi had to limp out of their game on Tuesday with an ankle sprain, but Myles Turner has filled the middle more than admirably, scoring at will and blocking the opposition’s shots all over the place. In his last eight games, he has made 71 percent of his attempt, averaging almost 10 points per game. He and the other Pacers will have to have a perfect game if they want to hang the first home loss of the season on the Warriors, though.
The Warriors will be without James Michael McAdoo, who has a sprained toe on his left foot. The Pacers have listed Mahinmi as questionable with that ankle sprain. George Hill is out for personal reasons, and Rodney Stuckey is out with a sprained right foot and a bone bruise.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Interestingly, both the Pacers and Warriors commit a lot of turnovers. The Warriors average 16 giveaways, while the Pacers average 15.3 per game. When the teams met back on December 8 and Klay Thompson drained 10 three-pointers, that was the most a Pacer opponent had ever made in a game. The Warriors are #1 in the Association in field goal percentage, assists per game, points per game and 3-point percentage. If Golden State does win this game, it will be the first time the Warriors swept the season series with Indiana since 2000-01. I like Golden State to win, 108-99.