Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The teams will play on Sunday February 22nd, 2015. At 6:05 PM EST.
The (43-9) Golden State Warriors of the Western Conference Pacific Division makes the trip from Northern California to the Hoosier State. Golden State will play the (22-33) Indiana Pacers of the Eastern Conference Central in 2015 NBA action. The teams will play at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. This Sports Handicapper believes the Golden State Warriors have the recipe to make a run in the 2015 NBA Western Conference Playoffs. Indiana is doing the best under the circumstance, without All-Star Paul George. The betting line has Indiana as a six and a half-point home underdog Against The Spread, the betting odds total is 205 for Sunday’s game.
The 2015 Golden State Warriors have won seven of their last eight straight up. Golden State beat San Antonio at home on February 20th, their first game since the All-Star break. Golden State has the best record in the NBA. The Warriors are on top in the Pacific Division, eight and a half in front of the second place Clippers. Golden State scores a little over 110 points per contest; that’s first in the league. The Warrior’s defense is 15th. All-Star Point Guard Stephen Curry is the team leader in scoring, assists, and steals. Center Andrew Bogut leads in rebounds and shot blocks. Golden State is 0-4 Against The Number their last four on the road. The betting odds under the total are 4-0 their last four on the road against a team with a losing home record. Golden State is only 1-6 ATS their last seven at Indiana. The Golden State Warriors are 4-6 their last ten Free NBA Point Spread Picks overall, going over the betting odds total four times and staying under the betting odds total six. The Golden State Warriors are back east after playing three of their last four east of the Mississippi before the All-Star break. The Warriors play at Washington on the 24th of February and travel to Cleveland for a matchup on the 26th of this month. The key to a Warrior’s win Sunday is to focus and not get caught looking ahead.
The 2015 Indiana Pacers have won five of six both straight up and ATS. The Pacers beat Philadelphia on the road on Friday February 20th, 106-95. Indiana averages ninety-six points per game. The defense ranks sixth in the league, allowing opponents 97.2. Forward David West is the team leader in scoring and rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are at the bottom of the standings in the Central Division, twelve games out of first. The betting odds over the total are 4-0 Indiana last four following a Point Spread cover. The betting odds under the total are 4-1 the last five meetings between the teams in “INDY”. The Indiana Pacers are 4-2 their last six Against The Spread at home, going over the betting odds total three times and staying under the betting odds total three. The Pacers are right there as far as getting a playoff spot. Indiana can get rally competitive if George can return this season. The key to a Pacers win is to play tough defense. Head Coach Frank Vogel must keep the troops thinking positive.
Free Picks: Indiana+6′.