The NBA is set up with another great slate of action on Monday. Nine games are up on the board throughout January 4. One of these games will be between the Indiana Pacers and the New Orleans Pacers. These two teams have had strong starts to this season and will look to keep it going. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
The Pacers have earned a record of 4-2 throughout this season, which has them tied for second place of the Eastern Conference. Indiana is coming off a disappointing loss to the New York Knicks in their last game. The Pacers will look to come out stronger in this one as they look to get a win. Indiana is coming off a tough first round exit in last postseason and will look to improve this season.
New Orleans has also posted a record of 4-2 so far this season, which has put them in a tie for second place in the Western Conference. The Pelicans have won back to back games and will look add a third in this one. New Orleans missed out on the postseason the last two seasons and are looking to get back this season. I expect the Pelicans to come out strong in this one as they look to keep the start going.
I expect both teams to come out quickly in this one as they have had strong starts. Indiana was shocked in their last matchup against the Knicks and I think that will bring a little extra fire into this one. The Pelicans have won back to back games coming into one and will look to keep it going. If either team can come out strong in this one, they should be able to earn a win on Monday.
The Pacers and the Pelicans met up twice throughout last season. New Orleans hosted the first game on December 28. Aaron Holiday scored 25 points, while T.J. Warren scored 20 points on the night. It was not enough for Indiana though. Brandon Ingram finished with 24 points and Jrue Holiday dropped 20 points. The Pelicans were able to hold on for a 120-98 win.
Indiana hosted the second game of the season on February 8. Jeremy Lamb scored 26 points and T.J. Warren finished with 22 points. The Pacers starting lineup combined for 91 points, but it was once again not enough. Jrue Holiday dropped 31 points and 10 assists. J.J. Redick scored 23 points off the bench to help lead New Orleans to a 124-117 win.
These two teams met up twice last season with New Orleans sweeping the season series. The Pacers went on to make the playoffs, while the Pelicans miss out on the postseason. Indiana will look to find more success against New Orleans in this one. I expect both teams to come out strong in this one as they look to earn a big win on January 4.
Malcolm Brogdon has averaged 22 points and 6.5 assists per game throughout this season. Domantas Sabonis is averaging 21 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Victor Oladipo has averaged 20 points per game. T.J. Warren is averaging 15.5 points per game. Myles Turner has averaged 12.5 points, while Doug McDermott is averaging 11.5 points per game.
Brandon Ingram has been the leader for this Pelicans team. Ingram is averaging 24 points and 7 rebounds per game. Zion Williamson has averaged 19.5 points and 8 rebounds per game. Lonzo Ball and Eric Bledsoe are both averaging 12 points per game. Steven Adams has averaged 10 points and 9 rebounds per game in his first season with New Orleans.
These two teams have been led by their leaders this season. Brogdon, Sabonis and Oladipo have all averaged around 20 points per game. Ingram and Williamson have both had strong starts to the season as well. I expect these stars to come out strong in this one as they try to earn the win. If either team can shoot well early in this one, it should be able to give them the edge.
Field Goal Shooting
The Pacers have been really strong shooting from the field this season. Indiana has been able to make around 49.4 percent of their shots from the field, which is 2nd in the NBA. The Pacers have made 34.8 percent of their shots from deep, which is 20th in the league. Indiana has also shot 58.6 percent in close, which is 2nd in the NBA.
New Orleans has not been great throughout this season when it comes to shooting the ball. The Pelicans have been able to make around 44.7 percent of their shots, which is 19th in the league. New Orleans is also shooting 32.2 percent from behind the arc, which is 25th in the NBA. The Pelicans have made 53 percent inside the arc, which is 11th in the league.
Indiana has been much better shooting the ball this season, but the Pelicans have been better on defense. New Orleans has held opposing teams to a 43.1 percent shooting percentage from the field, which is 4th best in the league. The Pelicans will look to keep their defense strong as they try to slow down the Pacers. If Indiana can get going early though, it will be tough for New Orleans to keep up.
These two teams have played really well throughout the early portions of this season. Indiana is coming off a tough loss to the New York Knicks in their last game. I think that the Pacers will come out stronger in this one. If Indiana’s offense can do much better in this one, I think that the Pacers can take this one. New Orleans is coming off back to back wins and I think that they will lose in this one.
BetOnline has the Pelicans listed as a -1 against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to New Orleans at home. I think that this line is right, but I really like Indiana to earn a win. The Pelicans swept the season series against the Pacers last season and I think that will end in this one. I like Indiana to take over early to bounce back with a win.