NBA Preview: IND Pacers vs NO Pelicans

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As Indiana Pacers (17-16) look to make a final push toward the East Playoffs, they will visit the Smoothie King Center on December 26 to take on one of the Western Conference’s most dangerous teams in the New Orleans Pelicans (20-12).

The two sides have previously met this season and saw an exciting offensive showdown where Indiana’s dynamic duo of Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis put up a combined 81 points in a performance that lift Indiana to secure a 129–122 victory against all odds. This game is sure to be another tightly contested affair as both teams battle for honors on either side of the Conference lines.

With two strong rosters of stars, we could see some fireworks match-up-wise at Smoothie King Center when 7 PM ET comes around.

Indiana Pacers vs. New Orleans Pelicans Odds/Game Lines

FanDuel Louisiana OddsIND PacersNO Pelicans
Point Spread+6.5 (-110)-6.5 (-110)
Money Line+225-275
DraftKings Louisiana OddsIND PacersNO Pelicans
Point Spread+6 (-110)-6 (-110)
Money Line+210-250
TotalO 231.5 (-110)U 231.5 (-110)

Pelicans Bounce Back

After a few lackluster games, the New Orleans Pelicans have surged back with two wins in a row. The first win was a 126-117 home victory over the San Antonio Spurs which saw seven players score in double digits. In their second win, which was an overtime 128-125 stunning comeback against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Trey Murphy III had an impressive showing and scored 23 points on efficient shooting from the field. He was supported by double-figure scoring performances from CJ McCollum who also notched 11 assists and Jaxson Hayes who scored 21 points off the bench. Despite being listed as a 1.5-point underdog, it was truly a team effort that saw them make 33 free throws for ultimate victory.

The Pelicans are surely beginning to pick up steam and will be motivated to extend their winning streak in their upcoming games.

Pacers Surging Under the Radar

The Indiana Pacers have been exceeding expectations this season and their recent games have proven this. Last week, they upset the highly favored Boston Celtics in a game that stunned viewers across the nation, then followed up with another clutch victory over the Miami Heat.

Despite trailing by 12 points entering the fourth quarter, Indy managed to make an incredible comeback and held their nerve in the dying seconds when Tyrese Haliburton sunk his career-best 43-point winning shot. Haliburton was aided by Buddy Hield’s 7-for-11 shooting from long range which added 21 points to their total.

With their previous performances and the potential of Tyrese Haliburton being an all-star this year. It is no wonder that the Pacers will be a dark horse in the East.