The NBA is set up with an action packed night of basketball on Monday. Nine games will be up on the board throughout April 19. One of these matchups will be between the San Antonio Spurs and the Indiana Pacers. These two teams have been solid this season and need a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
San Antonio has earned a record of 27-28 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in tenth place of the Western Conference. The Spurs have a three game lead on the Pelicans and will look to hold on to that final playoff spot. San Antonio can jump the Golden State Warriors with a win in this one. The Spurs are coming off a win, but have lost seven of their last ten.
The Pacers have put up a record of 26-30 throughout this season, which has them in ninth place of the Eastern Conference. Indiana is three games from falling out of a playoff spot and need to grab an important win in this one. The Pacers are coming off a loss in their last game, but have won four of their last six. Indiana will look to bounce back from Sunday’s loss in this meeting.
These two teams are on the fringe of the playoffs in their respective Conference’s. Both teams have a three game cushion, but need to finish this season strong if they want to hold on. Both teams have been up and down as of late and will look to turn it on quickly in this game. I expect an exciting matchup as both teams try to control the game early.
The Spurs and the Pacers only met up once throughout last season. San Antonio hosted the game on March 2. Patty Mills dropped 24 points, while Trey Lyles scored 20 points. It was not enough for the Spurs though. Malcolm Brogdon finished with 26 points and T.J. Warren finished with 23 points to lead Indiana to a 116-111 win on the road.
The first game of this season’s series was in San Antonio as well on April 3. DeMar DeRozan dropped 25 points on the night. Dejounte Murray and Keldon Johnson both added 20 points, but it was not enough for the Spurs. Caris LeVert put up 26 points and 9 assists. Myles Turner, T.J. McConnell and Aaron Holiday all scored 18 points to lift the Pacers to a 139-133 win in overtime.
Indiana has played really well against the Spurs over this season and last. The Pacers have won both games through the last two seasons and will look to keep it up in this one. Indiana has had a nice spread of scoring in their last two games and will look for their depth to step up again in this one. If San Antonio cannot find a way to slow down the Pacers, it could lead to another loss in this one.
Field Goal Shooting
San Antonio has not been great shooting the ball throughout this season. The Spurs have made around 46.2 percent of their shots from the field, which is 19th in the NBA. San Antonio has shot 35.8 percent from deep as well, which is also 19th in the league. The Spurs have drained 78.3 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 12th in the NBA.
The Pacers have been solid shooting the ball so far this season. Indiana has been shooting 47.2 percent from the field, which is 11th in the league. The Pacers have made around 36.1 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 16th in the NBA. Indiana has sunk 79 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 10th in the league.
Indiana has been a bit better shooting the ball throughout this season and will look to keep it up in this one. Neither team has been great on defense. The Spurs have a slight edge, holding their opponents to 46.8 percent from the field, which is 17th in the NBA. The Pacers have allowed opposing teams to sink 47.1 percent of their shots this season, which is 21st in the league.
DeMar DeRozan has led this Spurs team throughout the season. DeRozan has averaged 21 points and 7 assists per game. Dejounte Murray is averaging 15.5 points, while Derrick White has averaged 15 points per game. Keldon Johnson is averaging 13 points and Patty Mills has averaged 12 points per game. Both Lonnie Walker and Rudy Gay are averaging 11 points per game to round out the lineup.
Malcolm Brogdon, Domantas Sabonis and Caris LeVert have been strong throughout this season. Brogdon is averaging 21 points per game. Sabonis has averaged 20 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Caris LeVert is averaging 18.5 points per game. Myles Turner has averaged 12.5 points, while Justin Holiday and Jeremy Lamb are both averaging 10.5 points per game.
These two teams have had a solid slate of scoring so far this season. The Pacers lineup has been a bit stronger with Brogdon, Sabonis and LeVert stepping up throughout this season. Indiana will need look for some players to step up to match San Antonio’s bench. If the Spurs bench can give them a big lead early, I think they can pull off the win in this one.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season and could use a huge win in this meeting. Indiana is coming off a loss on Sunday afternoon and will look to bounce back in this one. I think the Pacers will come out much faster in this one on Monday night. If Indiana’s stars can all shoot well early, I think they will hold off the Spurs.
BetOnline has San Antonio listed as a -1 against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to the Spurs on the road in this one. I think that this line should be in favor of the Pacers with this game being in Indiana. The Pacers cannot afford to lose back to back games and I think they will put up a strong performance in this one. I like Indiana with the points in this game.