Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball Betting news and notes. NBA Premium Picks have been winning at a 73.7% rate and will continue through the 2016 NBA Finals in June 2016. The (20-15) Indiana Pacers of the Eastern Conference Central Division will travel to the “BIG EASY” for an out of Conference matchup. Indiana takes on the (11-23) New Orleans Pelicans of the Western Conference Southwest in 2016 NBA action. The teams will play at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tip-Off time is at 8:00 PM EST. The game is on Friday, January, 8th 2016. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Indiana Pacers are still a formidable opponent in the East. Indiana lost front court players David West and Roy Hibbert in the offseason. New Orleans has taken a few steps backward this season after being the eighth seed in the West in the 2015 playoffs. The organization made a mistake firing head coach Monty Williams. The Opening betting line has New Orleans as a two-point Home Underdog Against The Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 206-points for Friday’s game.
The 2015-16 Indiana Pacers have lost two of their last three away from the “HOOSIER STATE”. Indiana got a 95-86 road win in Orlando in their last game. Indiana is third in the Central Division, five games behind first-place Cleveland. The good news in Indianapolis is swingman Paul George is back to playing at his All-Star status after a gruesome leg injury a couple of summers ago in Las Vegas. The Fresno State Alumni are among the top players in All-Star voting this season. The addition of Monta Ellis gives the Pacers an added scorer with the explosion in the backcourt. Head Coach Frank Vogel is giving his team more freedom on offense. The Pacers are tenth in the league scoring the basketball. Defensively Indiana is still near the top statistically in the NBA. Centers Ian Mahinmi and Jordan Hill are playing excellent in the post, taking the place of Hibbert. George and Ellis are the team leaders in four of five broad categories. The key to a Pacers win Friday is to balance offense and defense.
The New Orleans Hornets have dropped three of their last four both straight up and Against The Spread. The young Pelicans are last in the Division, eighteen and a half games behind first-place San Antonio. Starting guard Tyreke Evans is back in the lineup after missing a few games with a knee injury. Small forward Quincy Pondexter is still on the mend and has not played this season, but expects to be in the lineup within the next week. Head Coach Alvin Gentry is having his problems getting the right combination of players on the floor. Fans in the “CRESCENT CITY” thought the Pelicans would flourish this season, but it has been tough sledding. All-Star Anthony Davis is the team leader in scoring, rebounds and shot blocks. The organization must do everything possible to keep the “STAR” in a Pelicans uniform. Evans is the leader in assists and steals. The key to a Pelicans win is to play fast, forcing Indiana, to play an uptempo game.
Indiana is 7-0 Against The Point Spread the last seven between the teams.
The Betting odds Under The Total are 4-1 the last five times the teams have played.
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