Pro Basketball Picks: Indiana Pacers vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Indiana Pacers at Los Angeles Clippers
Monday, 4/1/13, 10:30 PM EST, TV:  NBATV
Opening Point Spread:  Los Angeles -5
Current Betting Line:  Los Angeles -4
Opening Total:  188
Current Total:  189
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Los Angeles Clippers are 28-8 SU overall at the Staples Center
The Los Angeles Clippers are 28-8 SU overall at the Staples Center

Indiana has won four games in a row, including a 112-104 victory over the Phoenix Suns as 10.5-point road favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the posted total of 189.  The Pacers have outscored their opponents by an average of 12.0 points during their current winning streak, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks against the spread Monday night.  “We are a team that is filled with leaders,” commented Pacers center Roy Hibbert.  Indiana is 6-3 ATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points this season, with the UNDER going 6-3 in that situation.

The Pacers are 18-19 overall on the road this season, including an even 7-7 mark versus Western Conference opponents.  Indiana has won its last two games inside Staples Center against the Los Angeles Lakers, but has dropped the last two versus the Clippers.  Offensively, the team is averaging 100.2 points in its last 22 games, which is far better than its 92.6 average in the first 52.

Los Angeles has dropped three of its last four games, including a humiliating 98-81 setback to the Houston Astros as one-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going UNDER the total for the first time in five contests.  “We were terrible,” commented Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro.  The Clippers played just one starter during the final 12 minutes of action, with point guard Chris Paul finishing with 19 points.  Los Angeles is 0-4 ATS after scoring 85 points or less this season, with the OVER going 3-1 in those opportunities.

The Clippers are 28-8 overall at home this season, including a 12-2 mark versus Eastern Conference opponents.  Los Angeles earned a 99-91 victory in the only meeting between these two teams thus far, which fell below the posted total of 192.5.  Paul ended up with 29 points, while power forward Blake Griffin contributed 18 and 14 rebounds in the affair.

Sports bettors will likely back the Clippers due to their 8-0 ATS mark versus NBA Central division teams, while the Pacers are 1-6 ATS versus winning teams.

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