The NBA is set up with an action packed slate of games throughout February 24. Nine games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these games will be between the Golden State Warriors and the Indiana Pacers. These two teams have had solid starts to the new season, which should lead to a good one. This game will tip off at around 7:30 PM Eastern time on ESPN.
Golden State has started out this season with a record of 17-15, which has them sitting in eighth place of the Western Conference. The Warriors are two games back from the sixth seed in the West. Golden State is coming off a win on Tuesday night, but had lost back to back before that. I expect the Warriors to come out hot in this one as they search for the win.
The Pacers have put up a record of 15-14 to this point in the season, which has them in fourth place of the Eastern Conference. Indiana is only four games back from the top seed in the East and will look to climb up the standings. The Pacers are coming off a win in their last one and have won three of their last four. I expect Indiana to set the pace early in this one.
These two teams have started out this season with records slightly above .500. Both teams will look to avoid falling to the .500 mark with a win in this one. The Warriors have struggled a bit as of late entering this game, but Indiana has been strong in their last few games. Golden State will look for a hot start to help carry them to the win in this one.
The Pacers and the Warriors met up once last season in Golden State on January 24. D’Angelo Russell dropped 37 points on the night, but it was not enough for the Warriors. T.J. Warren finished with 33 points and Doug McDermott put up 24 points off the bench. Domantas Sabonis had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists on the night as Indiana grabbed a 129-118 win.
The first game of this season series was in Golden State on January 12. Andrew Wiggins dropped 22 points and Stephen Curry put up 20 points, but it was not enough. Myles Turner finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds on the night. Domantas Sabonis scored 18 points and 14 rebounds. Aaron Holiday scored 16 points and 12 assists as the Pacers earned a 104-95 win.
These two teams have met up only twice over the last two seasons with the Pacers winning both games. Indiana will look to grab another victory in this one. The Pacers won both of those games on the road and now Golden State will look to return the favor. If either team can get going quickly in this one, they could grab a win on Wednesday night.
Field Goal Shooting
The Warriors have been solid shooting the ball throughout this season so far. Golden State has been able to make around 46.3 percent of their shots from the field, which is 14th in the league. The Warriors have made 37.5 percent of their shots from deep, which is 11th in the NBA. Golden State is also making 77.3 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 18th in the league.
Indiana has also been really solid shooting the ball so far this season. The Pacers have made 47.5 percent of their shots from the field, which is 11th in the NBA. Indiana has also drained 37.1 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 13th in the league. The Pacers have been able to make 77.4 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 17th in the NBA.
These two teams have been strong shooting the ball so far this season. These two teams have been strong on defense as well. Golden State has been able to hold opposing teams to a 44.2 percent of their shots from the field, which is 2nd in the league. The Pacers have held their opponents to a 45.9 percent from the field, which is 11th in the NBA.
Stephen Curry has been the leader for this young Warriors team this season. Curry has averaged 30 points and 6 assists per game. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 17.5 points per game, while Kelly Oubre Jr. has averaged 15 points per game. James Wiseman is averaging 12 points and 6 rebounds per game as a rookie. Eric Paschall has averaged 10 points per game off the bench.
Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis are both leading this Indiana team this season. Brogdon is averaging 21.5 points and 6.5 assists per game. Sabonis has averaged 21.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. T.J. Warren is averaging 15.5 points per game, while Myles Turner has averaged 13 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Jeremy Lamb is averaging 12.5 points per game. Justin Holiday has averaged 11.5 points per game to round out the lineup.
These two teams have been led by their leaders so far this season. Curry has helped carry this season for Golden State. Brogdon and Sabonis have been strong throughout this season to help lead the Pacers. Wiseman and Curry could be questionable in this one though, which would really hurt the Warriors chances.
The Warriors are coming into this one after a win last night and will look to avoid a slow start in this one. These two teams have been solid throughout this season, but with Golden State having to travel from New York last night, I think that the Pacers can take over. Indiana has been solid this season and I think that their depth can give them a win in this one.
BetOnline has the Pacers listed as a -2 against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to Indiana at home. I agree with this line as the Warriors are coming off a game last night and are on the road. I think that the Pacers depth can outmatch Golden State, which could give them the edge in this one. I like the value on Indiana on Wednesday night.