NBA Predictions: San Antonio Spurs vs. Indiana Pacers

San Antonio Spurs vs. Indiana Pacers
Monday, 3/31/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  San Antonio -2.5
Current Betting Line:  San Antonio -4
Opening Total:  192
Current Total:  188
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The San Antonio Spurs have been great on the road this season

The San Antonio Spurs have been great on the road this season

San Antonio has won 17 games in a row, including a 96-80 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans as 14-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for the fifth time in six contests.  The Spurs are 28-8 SU on the road this season, including an 11-3 mark versus Eastern Conference opponents, which is important to consider when making your NBA predictions.  San Antonio is 7-1 SU and 5-3 ATS as road favorites of 3.5 to 6 points during the 2013-14 campaign.

The Spurs had their 11-game winning streak against the Pacers snapped earlier this season, as they suffered a 111-100 defeat as four-point home favorites on Dec. 7, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NBA betting lines.  San Antonio has already clinched its 17th consecutive playoff berth—the longest streak of its kind in the league dating back to the 1997-98 season.  Offensively, the squad is led by point guard Tony Parker, who is averaging 17.0 points a contest.

Indiana has dropped four of its last five games, including a 90-76 decision to the Cleveland Cavaliers as 5.5-point road favorites Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total for a eighth consecutive affair.  The Pacers have all five starters averaging double figures, with the group being led by forward Paul George, who is scoring 21.7 points per game.  The franchise is 33-4 SU at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, including a 10-3 mark versus Western Conference foes.  Indiana is 4-5 ATS as an underdog this season, with the UNDER going 5-4 in those nine opportunities.

The Pacers have dropped their last five home games against the Spurs, with their last victory in that situation coming in 2007.  Indiana has outscored opponents by 12.5 points per game in front of its fans—holding foes to 39.9 percent shooting from the field and 35.5 percent from beyond the arc.  It’s important to point out that the squad is 25-6 SU when its bench outscores its opponents’ reserves.

Sports bettors will likely back the Spurs due to their 50-24-1 ATS mark in their last 75 games versus non-conference opponents.

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