The Golden State Warriors will try to keep pace with Phoenix in the Western Conference when they host the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors (32-12) own the second best record in the NBA, trailing only the Suns (34-9). But Steve Kerr & Co. have been in a relative funk of late, losing five of their last eight games. Meanwhile the Pacers (16-29) ended a four-game losing streak on Wednesday with a come-from-behind 111-104 victory over LeBron James and the Lakers. Despite the win, Indiana still has lost 10 of its last 12 games. Domantas Sabonis (ankle) is questionable for Indiana.
Tipoff is at 10 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Golden State as an 11.5-point favorite in the latest Warriors vs. Pacers odds, while the over-under is 217.5. Before making any Pacers vs. Warriors picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Warriors vs. Pacers, and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Pacers vs. Warriors:
- Warriors vs. Pacers spread: Golden State -11.5
- Warriors vs. Pacers over-under: 217.5 points
- Warriors vs. Pacers money line: Golden State -700, Indiana +475
- GS: The Warriors lead the NBA in defensive efficiency (102.2 points per 100 possessions).
- IND: The Pacers are 23-22 against the spread this season.
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Why the Warriors can cover
Golden State is the best defensive team in the NBA. The Warriors give up just 102.2 points per 100 possessions, which leads the league by a full two points over the next best team, the Suns (104.2). Golden State is on pace to have the NBA’s best defensive efficiency since the 2015-16 Spurs led the league at 98.2
In addition, Steph Curry is having another MVP-caliber season. Already a two-time MVP, Curry ranks sixth in the NBA in scoring, at 26.1 points per game. He also leads the league in 3-pointers per game (4.9).
Why the Pacers can cover
Indiana does an excellent job of protecting the rim. The Pacers average 5.9 blocks a game, which is second best in the NBA.
In addition, Indiana faces a Golden State team that will be without its defensive leader, Draymond Green. The veteran forward will be out at least another 10 days with a sore left calf. Green is a contender for Defensive Player of the Year, averaging 7.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks.
How to make Pacers vs. Warriors picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting 219 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 60 percent of the time. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.
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