Indiana Pacers vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction, 3/2/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Indiana Pacers vs San Antonio Spurs
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023
Location: AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest-San Antonio
The San Antonio Spurs will take on the Indiana Pacers at AT&T Center on Thursday.
The Pacers faced the Mavericks and earned the victory with a final of 124-122 in their last contest. When discussing fouls, the Pacers ended up finishing with 19 while the Mavericks totaled 29 fouls. They also converted 12 of their 37 tries from distance. Dallas finished the contest at 64.3% at the charity stripe by making 18 of their 28 tries. Additionally, Dallas grabbed 38 boards (9 offensive, 29 defensive) and added 8 blocked shots. Dallas dished out 28 assists and had 5 steals for the matchup. With respect to defense, Indiana allowed the other team to go 50.5% from the field on 46 out of 91 shooting. They also dished out 25 assists for this contest in addition to forcing the opposition into 7 turnovers and earning 3 steals. In terms of grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 41 with 5 of them being offensive. At the free throw line, the Pacers converted 31 of 40 shots for a rate of 77.5%. Indiana ended having earned a 52.6% field goal percentage (41 of 78) and made 11 of 28 three-point attempts.
Tyrese Haliburton is one player who was a factor in the matchup. Haliburton finished the game shooting 50.0% from the field and also recorded 6 dimes. He was on the court for 35 mins played and totaled 7 rebounds. He ended up walking away with 32 points on 9 out of 18 shooting.
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Indiana will enter this contest with a win-loss mark of 28-35 so far this year. They currently have an average of 115.1 pts per game (11th in the NBA) while hitting 46.1% from the floor. The Pacers are shooting 36.4% on 3-point shots (876 of 2,407) and 79.5% from the charity stripe. As a team, Indiana is pulling in 41.6 boards per game and has racked up 1,677 dimes on the season, which has them ranked 3rd in basketball in terms of passing. They are turning it over 15.0 times per game and as a unit are committing 21.3 fouls per contest.
When they are on the defensive end, the Pacers are able to force 15.5 turnovers per game while drawing 20.2 personal fouls. They relinquish 37.2% on 3-pointers and they rank 23rd in basketball in PPG allowed (117.5). The Pacers defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 47.6% (2,654 of 5,571) and they surrender 45.7 rebounds per game as a group. They are ranked 29th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,653 relinquished on the season.
The last time they took the court, the Spurs got the win with a final of 102-94 when they played the Jazz. When it comes to team rebounding, San Antonio allowed Utah to collect 52 in total (14 on the offensive glass). They went 29.4% from distance by going 10 out of 34 and walked away from this one shooting 24 out of 36 at the free throw line (66.7%). The Spurs allowed the Jazz to bury 30 of 85 tries from the field which had them sitting at 35.3% in this game. When the final whistle blew, the Spurs finished shooting 39 out of 91 from the floor which had them sitting at 42.9%. In the matter of shooting from beyond the arc, San Antonio knocked down 8 of 26 tries (30.8%). They were able to knock down 16 of them for a rate of 64.0%. The Jazz committed 15 fouls in the matchup which took the Spurs to the charity stripe for a total of 25 attempts. They also gave up possession of the ball 12 times, while getting 9 steals in the matchup. The Spurs recorded 36 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards for a total of 45 for the game.
Keldon Johnson was important for the Spurs in this matchup. Johnson tallied 25 points in his 35 minutes on the court and totaled 3 assists in the game. He buried 12 of 19 for the contest for a field goal rate of 63.2%, and tallied 4 rebounds.
San Antonio has a record of 15-47 for the campaign. The Spurs are committing 20.3 personal fouls per game while shooting 74.5% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 26.8 times per game (5th in basketball) and they are turning it over 15.5 times per game. San Antonio has earned 6,954 points so far this year (112.2 per game) and they pull down 43.1 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the Spurs are connecting on 46.7% from the field, which has them ranked 21st in basketball.
The San Antonio defense allows 39.5% on shots from distance (775 of 1,963) and their opponents are knocking down 77.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 26.4 assists and 44.4 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks them 29th and 22nd in the NBA. The Spurs defensively are ranked 30th in basketball in PPG surrendered with 122.4. They are forcing their opponents into 14.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 50.7% from the field (30th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Indiana
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