It’s an interconference matchup on the hardwood at the pro level in the Hoosier State. The Oklahoma City Thunder is on the road as they make the trip to face the Indiana Pacers Tuesday night. Oklahoma City was edged 121-119 at home by Milwaukee in their last game on Sunday afternoon. Indiana turned back Orlando in a 109-102 road victory on Sunday in their previous contest. The Thunder leads the all-time regular-season series 51-38. Last season, the teams split two meetings with Oklahoma City earning a 107-99 home victory in the last contest on March 27, 2019.
Oklahoma City Thunder Looking for Road VictoryOklahoma City had won three of their previous four contests as they were upended by the Bucks in a tight game Sunday. The Thunder entered Monday tied for the basement in the Northwest Division, 3.5 games behind the Nuggets. Oklahoma City led by six at the half and then was outscored 37-24 in the third quarter. The Thunder rallied in the fourth, tying the game at 114 with 33 seconds to play, but ran out of steam. Oklahoma City shot 49.5 percent from the field and hit 17 of 42 three-point attempts in the game. The Thunder did allow Milwaukee to shoot 56.6 percent from the floor in the contest and was dumped 48-35 on the glass. Dennis Schroder led Oklahoma City with 25 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals in the loss.
The 48 // OKC v. MIL pic.twitter.com/DxmVmTYlr7— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) November 11, 2019
The Thunder enters this one 21st in the league in scoring offense as they average 107.3 points per game. Oklahoma City is tied for 21st in rebounding with 44.4 boards a night while ranking 24th in assists by dishing out 21.8 per game. The Thunder stands seventh in the league in scoring defense by allowing 105.5 points per contest. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leads Oklahoma City with 21 points plus 5.8 rebounds per game on the season. Danilo Gallinari contributes 18.6 points plus five rebounds per game while Chris Paul chips in 16.1 points plus 5.2 assists a night. The Thunder needs more from Steven Adams (8.3 points, 10.1 rebounds) and Dennis Schroder (14.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists) in order to get their offense going. Oklahoma City is 11th in the league in field goal percentage as they hit 46.1 percent from the floor as a team this season. The Thunder is 15th in threes made per game as they drain 11.5 per contest while ranking 7th by hitting 37.5 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.
Indiana Pacers Try to Maintain Recent MomentumIndiana started the year 0-3 but has won three straight and six of their last seven games heading into this one after downing Orlando. The Magic entered Tuesday second in the Central Division, one game behind the Bucks. Indiana trailed by as many as 13 in the first half and cut the deficit to nine at halftime. The Pacers closed the third quarter on a 10-1 run to take an 81-77 lead entering the fourth quarter. Indiana didn’t let Orlando closer than two in the fourth and pulled away late to earn the victory. The Pacers shot 52.2 percent from the field, including nine of 20 from three-point range, and won the rebounding battle 44-37 in the game. Domantas Sabonis led the team with 21 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists in the victory.
T.J. Warren fills it up 👌— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) November 11, 2019
19 points on 9-of-16 shooting last night 🎯 pic.twitter.com/QdiaPaQ2A2
The Pacers enter this contest 17th in scoring offense with 109.3 points per game on the season. Indiana is 22nd in the league in rebounding with 44.4 boards per contest and stand 4th with 25.7 assists per game. The Pacers are tied for 8th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 106.3 points per game this season. Malcolm Brogdon leads the team with 20.9 points, 5.2 rebounds plus 8.9 assists per game this season. Domantas Sabonis (20 points, 13 rebounds), Myles Turner (14.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.3 blocks), T.J. Warren (18 points) and Jeremy Lamb (17 points) are all contributing on the offensive end. The Pacers still miss Victor Oladipo, who is on the comeback trail after last season’s knee injury: he is expected to be re-evaluated later this month. Turner is week to week with an ankle injury: he misses his seventh straight game here. Lamb will miss his fourth straight game with an ankle injury here. Indiana is 4th in the league in field goal percentage as the team shoots 47.1 percent from the field this season. The Pacers are 30th in threes made per game as they have drained 8.5 triples a night while the team stands 18th in three-point shooting by hitting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com:
- Thunder are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- Thunder are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 day of rest
- Pacers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game
- Pacers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games
- Pacers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game