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#513 San Antonio Spurs vs.
#514 Indiana Pacers
Monday, April 19, 2021 at 8:05pm EDT
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Written by David Delano

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The Indiana Pacers will host the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night. Indiana has the ninth-best record in the Eastern Conference at 26-30, two games behind Charlotte for eighth. San Antonio is currently 10th in the Western Conference at 27-28, sitting two games behind Memphis for eighth.

Indiana won the only head-to-head meeting this season, 139-133 in overtime as a seven-point road dog on April 3. The Pacers outshot the Spurs 55.3% (52-94) to 48.5% (48-99) from the field and 41.4% (12-29) to 34.5% (10-29) from three-point range in that meeting. Caris Levert led Indiana with 26 points in the overtime win, and DeMar DeRozan had a team-high 25 points a losing effort for San Antonio.

Spurs blow-out Suns in upset victory

The San Antonio Spurs snapped a two-game losing streak with a dominant 111-85 road win as a 12.5 point road underdog against the Phoenix Suns on Saturday. The Spurs jumped out to a 19 point halftime lead in that game and never looked back. Rudy Gay led the Spurs with 19 points off the bench, and Devin Vassell was the game's second-highest scored with 18 bench points. Defensively, the Spurs only allowed one Phoenix Suns starter to reach double figured in scoring; Devin Booker, with 15 points on 6 of 18 shooting.

The Spurs head into Indiana, averaging 110.7ppg, which is 20th in the NBA. They are shooting 46.2% from the floor and 358% from the three-point range, ranking 19th in both categories. DeRozan leads the team with 21.2 points, 72 assists, and a 22.1 player efficiency rating (PER). On defense, San Antonio allow 111.4 points per game, ranking 13th. Opponents have shot 46.8% from the field against the Spurs, which ranks 19th in the Association.

Pacers back home after dropping last two road games

The Indiana Pacers are coming off of two straight road losses. The Pacers lost to Utah on Friday, 119-111 as a 10-point underdog, and fell to Atlanta 129-117 on Sunday as a two-point dog. Caris LeVert led the Pacers with 24 points, and Domantas Sabonis has 22 points and 15 rebounds in Friday's loss in Salt Lake City. Yesterday in Atlanta, Malcolm Brogdon led the losing effort with 29 points and eight assists, and Sabonis had 18 points and 14 rebounds.

Indiana is 11th in the league averaging 113.9 ppg and shooting 47.2% shooting from the field. Malcolm Brogdon leads the team with 21.4 ppg, followed by Sabonis with 19.9 ppg and a team-best 11.6rebounds. Defensively the Pacers are 24th in the NBA, allowing 114.5 ppg and 22nd with opponents shooting 47.2% from the floor.

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This game will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, but the Pacers haven't benefited much from home cooking this season. Indiana is just 9-16 at home this season, and San Antonio has been better as the visiting team with a 15-10 road record. The Pacers are a slight underdog in this game, and in that situation, they have only been able to cover the spread 25% of the time. As a road favorite, the Spurs have covered the number 60% of the time. San Antonio is also a much better team on the defensive end, and I will side with them on Monday night.

Prediction: San Antonio Spurs -1

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Two styles contrast here, as the Spurs have played strong defense and lower scoring games, while the Pacers have been scoring and giving up points in bunches. The Spurs have played to the over in their last six games after a win, and the Pacers have played to the over in their last eight Monday games. Indiana is also the NBA's second-best team to bet the over on, with 60% of their games exceeding the total this season and 67% of their games going over when playing with no days off. It's hard to go against the over here, and that's my side.

 

Prediction: Over 231.5
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Written By David Marotta , "David Delano"

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