Oklahoma City Thunder vs Indiana Pacers Prediction, 4/21/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: Bally Sports Indiana
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City (+8.5)
Bankers Life Fieldhouse is the site where and the Indiana Pacers (26-31) will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-38) on Wednesday. The line on this matchup has Indiana as 8.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 223.
The Oklahoma City Thunder faced the Washington Wizards and ended up losing by a score of 119-107 in their last contest. Oklahoma City walked away from the contest with a 43.4% field goal percentage (36 out of 83) and made 13 out of their 33 three-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Thunder converted 22 of their 27 attempts for a percentage of 81.5%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they earned 48 with 9 of them being offensive. They also dished out 23 assists for the contest while forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and having 6 steals. When it comes to defense, Oklahoma City allowed 50.5% from the floor on 46 of 91 shooting. Washington doled out 31 assists and had 8 steals in this game. Moreover, Washington snagged 42 rebounds (8 offensive, 34 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Washington shot 58.6% at the charity stripe by burying 17 of 29 tries. They also made 10 out of their 31 attempts from three-point range.
Darius Bazley is someone who was a major factor for this contest. He recorded 26 points on 7 of 19 shooting. He was on the court for 37:52 mins played and collected 7 boards. Bazley shot 36.8% from the floor and totaled 3 assists. One more player that came through in this contest for the Thunder was Kenrich Williams. He grabbed 7 rebounds in 35:09 minutes on the basketball court. He ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor for this contest by hitting 5-of-10 (15 points). When this game wrapped up, Williams had accumulated 3 assists.
Oklahoma City will enter this matchup with a mark of 20-38 on the campaign. They are losing possession via turnover 15.9 times per game and as a squad they are committing 18.2 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Oklahoma City is pulling down 45.4 boards per game and has racked up 1,293 assists for the year, which has them ranked 26th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Thunder are connecting on 34.7% from downtown (723 of 2,083) and 73.1% from the free throw line. They average 105.3 pts per contest (28th in the league) on 44.4% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Thunder are able to force 12.9 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.3 fouls. They are giving up 35.8% on 3-point shots and they rank 23rd in the league in PPG allowed (114.3). The Thunder defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 46.8% (746 of 1,063) and they concede 47.2 rebounds per game as a squad. They are 22nd in the NBA in allowing assists with 1,469 surrendered this season.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Indiana Pacers took a loss by a final score of 109-94 against the San Antonio Spurs. The Pacers were able to pull down 40 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive boards for a total of 54 in this game. They gave up possession of the ball 7 times, while earning 4 steals for the contest. The Spurs earned 23 personal fouls in this game which got the Pacers to the charity stripe for 27 shots. They were able to make 18 of those for a percentage of 66.7%. In terms of 3-point attempts, Indiana converted 8 of 34 tries (23.5%). When this game wrapped up, the Pacers ended up going 34 for 104 from the floor which had them shooting 32.7%. The Pacers permitted the Spurs to knock down 36 out of their 84 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 42.9% in this contest. They finished shooting 28.6% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 8 of 28 and finished the contest at 29 out of 35 at the free throw line (82.9%). In reference to how they attacked the glass, Indiana allowed San Antonio to grab 57 in total (9 offensive).
Malcolm Brogdon ended up being a factor for the Pacers in this matchup. He buried 5 of 20 for this contest for a rate of 25.0%, and totaled 6 rebounds. Brogdon had 18 points in his 31:33 mins of playing time and added 5 dimes for this contest. Someone else that was important for Indiana was Caris LeVert. He ended up walking away with 2 dimes in 29:18 minutes played, and he shot 8 out of 19 from the floor. LeVert walked away from this one going 42.1% from the floor and also contributing 18 points and 4 rebounds.
Indiana has a record of 26-31 on the campaign. Indiana has totaled 6,471 points on the season (113.5 per game) and they pull down 42.4 boards per game. The Pacers have committed 20.4 personal fouls per game while shooting 78.8% from the free throw line. When it comes to offensive execution, the Pacers are connecting on 46.9% from the field, which ranks them 13th in the league. They are earning an assist 26.7 times per game (8th in the NBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.7 times per game. The Pacers are ranked 24th in the league in PPG given up with 114.4. The Indiana defense concedes 37.3% on shots from behind the 3-point line (663 of 1,777) and opponents are knocking down 78.5% of their free throw shots. They relinquish 25.8 dimes and 46.1 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 24th and 23rd in the league. They are forcing 15.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 47.1% from the field (21st in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Indiana (-8.5)
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