Indiana Pacers vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 1/17/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Indiana Pacers vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Sunday, January 17, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana (+6)
STAPLES Center is the site where and the Los Angeles Clippers (9-4) will take on the Indiana Pacers (8-4) on Sunday. Indiana opens this contest as 6-point underdogs. The total has been set at 220.5.
The Indiana Pacers faced the Portland Blazers and notched a win by a score of 111-87 in their last game. Indiana ended the game with a 47.8% FG percentage (44 of 92) and converted 9 out of their 30 shots from distance. At the charity stripe, the Pacers knocked down 14 of 18 tries for a rate of 77.8%. In reference to hauling in rebounds, they compiled 50 with 13 of them being offensive. They also recorded 29 assists for the matchup while having 11 steals and 5 blocks. When talking about defending, Indiana allowed the other team to shoot 36.8% from the floor on 32 out of 87 shooting. Portland distributed 16 assists and had 8 steals for this game. Moreover, the Blazers snagged 43 boards (14 offensive, 29 defensive) and earned 5 blocked shots. Portland finished the contest at 100.0% from the charity stripe by knocking down 10 of 10 shots. They also made 13 out of their 43 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Malcolm Brogdon is one player who came through in this contest. He ended up scoring 25 points on 10 of 18 shooting. He played for 34:50 minutes and also pulled down 5 boards. Brogdon finished the contest at 55.6% from the field and recorded 7 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in the matchup for the Pacers was Domantas Sabonis. He pulled down 15 boards and also earned 5 dimes. He ended up going 55.6% from the field for the contest by going 10-of-18 (23 points). When the final whistle blew, Sabonis played 38:27 minutes.
Indiana enters this game with a mark of 8-4 so far this year. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.6 times per contest and as a unit they commit 21.3 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Indiana is collecting 43.1 boards per game and has accounted for 319 dimes on the campaign, which is 9th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Pacers are connecting on 35.7% on shots beyond the perimeter (142 of 398) and 75.1% from the free throw line. They are averaging 114.3 pts per game (8th in basketball) while hitting 48.4% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Pacers are able to force 16.0 turnovers per game and they draw 19.4 fouls. They are giving up 38.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 10th in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (108.2). The Pacers defense is allowing a FG percentage of 45.8% (192 of 233) and they concede 43.9 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are 11th in the NBA in allowing assists with 283 conceded this year.
In their last game, the Los Angeles Clippers took home the win by a final score of 138-100 when they played the Sacramento Kings. The Clippers pulled down 35 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds for a total of 47 for the game. They turned away 3 shots while recording 10 steals in the game. The Kings had 16 fouls for the matchup which got the Clippers to the charity stripe for 20 shots. They were able to make 16 of the free throws for a percentage of 80.0%. Regarding shots from distance, Los Angeles knocked down 18 of 35 tries (51.4%). When the game finished, the Clippers ended up shooting 52 for 89 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 58.4%. The Clippers allowed the Kings to make 40 out of 85 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 47.1% for this game. They wrapped up this game 30.8% from three-point range by going 8 of 26 and walked away from this one shooting 12 of 17 from the charity stripe (70.6%). In relation to cleaning the glass, Los Angeles permitted Sacramento to grab 32 in total (9 offensive).
Kawhi Leonard was important for the Clippers for this contest. He knocked down 10 out of 15 for the game for a field goal percentage of 66.7%, which had him sitting at 27 points. Leonard had 4 boards in his 27:31 minutes of playing time and had 6 assists for this game. Someone else who came through for Los Angeles was Paul George. He scored 26 points in his 29:36 minutes played by way of 8 out of 14 shooting for this game. George ended the game having shot 57.1% from the field while totaling 2 assists and 4 boards.
Los Angeles has a record of 9-4 on the season. Los Angeles has accumulated 1,479 points this season (113.8 per contest) and they average 41.2 rebounds per contest. The Clippers have committed 21.2 fouls every game and they go 83.9% from the charity stripe. When it comes to executing on offense, the Clippers are hitting on 48.1% from the floor, which ranks 7th in the league. They are dishing out assists 25.1 times per contest (16th in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 13.8 times per contest. The Clippers on the defensive end are ranked 12th in the league in points given up per game with 109.6. The Los Angeles defense gives up 36.9% on shots from behind the 3-point line (168 of 455) and opponents are converting on 79.6% of their foul shots. They have relinquished 23.3 assists and 40.9 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 9th and 2nd in the league. They are forcing their opponents into 14.5 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 47.3% from the floor (22nd in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-6)
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