The Indiana Pacers (15-8) take on the Los Angeles Clippers (17-7) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest – Indiana at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, December 9, 2019.
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The Clippers will be hoping for similar success after beating the Washington Wizards in their last game, 135-119, as 4.5-point underdogs. The game’s combined points (254) finished well over the O/U total of 234.5. The Clippers had 8 steals and had a better offensive rebounding percentage (23.1 vs. 18.2). Los Angeles rallied around Kawhi Leonard, who was the top scorer from either team with 34 points on 12-for-18 shooting.
The last time the Pacers took the floor, they edged the New York Knicks, 104-103, but were unable to cover as 5.5-point favorites. The game’s combined points (207) finished just under the projected point total of 209. Indiana was lights out from beyond the arc (12-28; 42.9 percent). New York, meanwhile, held the Pacers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 11.9 (below their season average of 22.7). With 19 points and 15 rebounds, Indiana’s Domantas Sabonis had a good performance.
After splitting two games last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. In the most recent game, the Clippers won 115-109. Los Angeles did a fantastic job of getting to and converting from the charity stripe (19-27; 70.4 percent). Indiana, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (27.5 vs. 22.2).
Los Angeles holds records of 17-7 straight up (SU) and 11-11-1 against the spread (ATS). Vegas is known to place the total high when the Clippers are involved, as 14 of their 23 contests have ended under the total.
Meanwhile, Indiana is 15-8 SU and 11-10-2 ATS. Pacers games also tend to go under the projected point total (56.5 percent).
Conflicting tempos will be on display in this battle. Los Angeles prefers a fast-paced style of play (sixth in possessions per game), while Indiana is slower-paced (23rd in possessions per game).
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Free NBA Pick: ATS Winner – Clippers, O/U – Under
On the road, Los Angeles is 2-7 ATS with 5 unders and 4 overs.
Indiana is 5-4-2 ATS at home with 6 unders and 5 overs.
In games where they allow below 100 points, Los Angeles is 7-0 and Indiana is 4-1.
In games where they reach the century mark, the Pacers are 15-5 and the Clippers are 15-3.
Indiana ranks second in fast break points allowed per game (11.1) while Los Angeles ranks 24th (14.7).
The Clippers rank second in rebounds per game (48.8) while the Pacers rank 20th (44.1).
Indiana ranks fourth in three pointers allowed per game (31.4) while Los Angeles ranks 21st (34.8).
The Clippers rank first in second chance points per game (15.6) while the Pacers rank 18th (12.3).
Los Angeles averages 49.3 points in the paint per game, which ranks seventh in the league. Indiana ranks 16th in points allowed in the paint per game (48.0).
The Pacers rank ninth in blocks per game (5.4) while the Clippers rank 16th in blocks allowed per game (4.8).
Los Angeles ranks eighth in points off turnovers per game (18.7) while Indiana ranks 11th in points off turnovers allowed per game (16.7).
The Pacers rank fifth in assists allowed per game (22.5) while the Clippers rank seventh (22.7).
In its last five games, Los Angeles is 2-3 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
Indiana is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs over its last five games.
The Clippers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.6, down from 6.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Pacers have scored an average of 109.0 points per game (0.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 106.8 points per game (2.3 above their season average).