Indiana Pacers vs Denver Nuggets (By: Miyagi)
The Nuggets are in great form, they are on a 6-game winning streak with their last 3 over Eastern sides on the road (Knicks, Celtics, Wizards) and although they score a low 108p on average in their last 5 games, their defense has secured the wins for them.
After that Warriors' embarrassing loss to the Mavericks yesterday, the Nuggets are back on top (+0.5) and they are looking to 'confirm' their lead over the Warriors with a win today.
The Pacers have lost their last 4 games but they had an extremely tough schedule as they faced some of the best Western teams on the road (Warriors, Blazers, Clippers, Nuggets) but they return at home where they have won 4 of their last 5 games and they are looking to bounce back and stop the bleeding.
This is an extremely important game for them as well since the Celtics are just one game back. It seems almost certain that Celtics and the Pacers will face each other in the first round of the playoffs, so they are both racing for the home court advantage and the Celtics, just like the Warriors, gave the Pacers a nice gift yesterday with that last quarter collapse.
The Pacers rank 1st in defensive efficiency at home while both teams rank among the top 10 in defensive efficiency. Both teams rank among the worst 8 in pace over the last 5 games and among the worst 4 teams in pace this season! This is a very important game for both teams. Indiana, with its offensive struggle, will switch focus on defense playing at home while the pace should be slow and I can see another game similar to their previous meeting (102-100) a week ago.
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Indiana Pacers vs Denver Nuggets predictions
|Under 210.0||Pinnacle||1.90||8||124-88 LOST (-8 units)|
Indiana Pacers vs Denver Nuggets betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Miyagi).