Oklahoma City Thunder at Indiana Pacers – NBA April 21

Thunder (20-38, 11-18 road) at Pacers (26-31, 9-17 home)

  • Time: 4PM PST – 6PM CST – 7PM EST
  • Place: Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
  • TV: Bally Sports Oklahoma | Bally Sports Indiana | NBA League Pass

Opening Tip

The Thunder have lost 11 in a row dating back to a win over the Raptors on March 31 as they have spiral further downward and are sitting at No. 13 in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City is a work in progress under first-year head coach Mark Daigneault as 14players on their 17-man roster have three years or less experience.

Indiana has lost three in a row and four out of five as they sit at a 9-seed in the Eastern Conference and would be in the play-in scenario to begin the playoffs.

A psychological study should be done on this Pacers team as Indiana is only 9-17 at home and 17-14 on the road.

The Pacers won the season series a year ago for the first time since 2016-17 and they have won three of the last four and five of the last eight regular-season matchups.

Injuries to Key Contributors

  • Oklahoma City ThunderGabriel Deck (not with team), Luguentz Dort (hip), Josh Hall (knee) – Day to Day; Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (foot), Mike Muscala (ankle), Isaiah Roby (toe) – OUT
  • Indiana PacersGoga Bitadze (ankle), Jeremy Lamb (knee), Doug McDermott (ankle) – Day to Day; Domantas Sabonis (back), Myles Turner (toe), T.J. Warren (foot) – OUT

Vs. The Spread

Thunder (19-38 ATS):

  • Oklahoma City is 2-9 ATS in it’s last 11 games
  • The Thunder’s matchups have gone UNDER is 5 of the last 6 games
  • The UNDER has been the play in the last 5 road games for OKC

Pacers (24-32-1 ATS):

  • The OVER has been the play in 4 of the last 6 Pacers games
  • The total has gone UNDER in the last 7 OKC-Indiana matchups
  • Indiana is 6-2 ATS in it’s last 8 games vs. the Western Conference

Last Time Out

Darius Bazley scored a career-high 27 points, but Oklahoma City had no answers for the Wizards, who blew out to a 38-25 lead after one quarter and never trailed. OKC has lost 14 of its last 15 games since Shai Gilgeous-Alexander went down with a foot injury in mid-March.

Injuries have set in on the Pacers in an enormous fashion as those played a key role in their 109-94 loss to San Antonio on Monday. Malcolm Brogdon and Caris LeVert scored 18 points each to lead Indiana. The Pacers shot only 32.7 percent from the floor as San Antonio took the upper hand with a 36-21 lead after the first period.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Thunder +9 (-110) +320 O 230.5 (-110)
Pacers -9 (-110) -400 U 230.5 (-110)

*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook

Advantage, Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City Thunder Logo 101x101Generating offense with potential for several key contributors to be sidelined is in the offing for the Thunder. Defensively Indiana’s opponents average about 31 makes to 59 attempts from inside the arc (28th/29th/NBA), so players like Luguentz Dort (132) and Darius Bazley (104) should be able to get to the free throw line or find shots inside. The Thunder hope that Isaiah Roby is back after missing the Spurs game as well as he and Kenrich Williams shoot 55.1 and 56.2 percent from the field.

Key Thunder Stat:

Dort is becoming a superstar as he has averaged 28 points per game in his last four while also leading the team installs with 2.25 in that frame. He also is getting 5.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in that run. He has also made 17-of-31 triples over those four games. Dort leads the NBA as he has drawn 46 charges this season.

Thunder Fact:

Théo Maledon and Aleksej Pokuśevski recently became the first players under 20 in NBA history to score more than 20 points in the same game. This speaks to the commitment of OKC to such a strident youth movement as the Thunder is taking it’s lumps now to rebuild the team.

Advantage, Indiana

Indiana Pacers LogoOffensively, the Pacers will give the Thunder defense problems even with the injuries as Malcolm Brogdon has been a consistent offensive force where he has averaged a career-high 21.3 points and also grabbed another career-high in rebounds at 5.0. Brodgon will at least have a similar impact from Caris LeVert, who has averaged 20.2 points per game since coming over from the Nets.

Key Pacers Stat:

The Indiana offense has put more pressure on opposing defenses this season as coach Nate Bjorklund promised a speeded up pace which has allowed the Pacers to average 4.1 more points per game while they are 11th in the NBA in scoring at 113.5 points per night. The biggest thing is a commitment to the fastbreak which leads the league at 16.1 points off the break as 14 percent of their offense is in the running game.

Pacers Fact:

The Pacers make 12.2 threes per game which is an increase of more than two made threes from a year ago. They are on pace to break the franchise record of threes in a single season which was 779 threes back in 2018-19.

Winner: Pacers 114, Thunder (+9) 106

The Bets
Oklahoma City Thunder +9
-110
Indiana Pacers
-400
UNDER 230.5
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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