7:35 pm
December 21

Pacers @ Nets

Who will WIN this matchup?

Indiana Pacers (20-12)

@ Brooklyn Nets (15-18)


Current odds:

Indiana Pacers: (-145)

Brooklyn Nets: (+125)


 The line for this game is Indiana by 2.5 points.

 The Indiana Pacers are suddenly having some trouble scoring points and dropped their last two games following a seven-game winning streak. The Pacers will try to bounce back when they close out a two-game road trip by visiting the Brooklyn Nets on Friday. Indiana shot 39.8 percent in a 92-91 loss to lowly Cleveland on Tuesday and fell off in the fourth quarter while suffering a 99-96 setback on the second night of a back-to-back at Toronto on Wednesday.

 The Nets are winners of seven in a row and pulled out a 96-93 win at Chicago on Wednesday on the second night of a back-to-back after knocking off the Los Angeles Lakers at home.

 Indiana guard Victor Oladipo went 4-of-15 from the floor in Tuesday’s loss and bounced back with 20 points on Wednesday, but also committed six turnovers. “Things like this happen, unfortunately,” Oladipo told reporters. “Great teams just find a way to get out of it and just stay motivated, look forward. I know I have to be better down the stretch. I’ve excelled in those moments numerous times, so, just didn’t go well the past two nights.” Oladipo is 1-of-8 from 3-point range over the last two games after going 5-of-8 from beyond the arc in a 110-99 win over the New York Knicks on Sunday.

 Brooklyn guard Spencer Dinwiddie is the driving force behind the winning streak and scored 27 points on 8-of-15 shooting in 32 minutes off the bench on Wednesday. Dinwiddie is averaging 24 points during the winning streak, which comes on the heels of an eight-game slide. “We learn from our failures and from our mistakes,” Dinwiddie told reporters. “We lost a lot of close games and when you have a lot of guys that are focused and locked in and trying to win and get better and hopefully make the playoffs, then you’re going to improve. We’re not a team that took those losses lightly.”

 Pacers C Myles Turner recorded a double-double in each of the last two games and totaled nine blocks in that span.

 Nets SG Allen Crabbe (knee) sat out the last four games and is questionable for Friday.

 Indiana took the last eight in the series, including a 132-112 home win on Oct. 20.

StreakSmarter Pick
Indiana Pacers