The Los Angeles Clippers welcome the Indiana Pacers to the STAPLES Center for a cross-conference matchup on Sunday evening. The Clippers and Pacers will face off on national television in a battle between playoff-caliber squads. Los Angeles is 9-4 on the season and entering on a three-game winning streak. Indiana is 8-4 overall, and the Pacers are a blistering 4-1 away from home this season.
Tip-off is at 10 p.m. ET in Los Angeles. William Hill Sportsbook lists the Clippers as 8.5-point home favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 219.5 in the latest Pacers vs. Clippers odds. Before you make any Clippers vs. Pacers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Pacers vs. Clippers. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting trends for Clippers vs. Pacers:
Pacers vs. Clippers spread: Clippers -8.5Pacers vs. Clippers over-under: 219.5 pointsPacers vs. Clippers money line: Clippers -380, Pacers +310IND: The Pacers are 8-4 against the spread this seasonLA: The Clippers are 5-5 against the spread in the last 10 games
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Why the Pacers can cover
Indiana’s defense is tremendous, allowing just 106.4 points per 100 possessions and ranking in the top five of the league. The Pacers create a turnover on 15.7 percent of possessions, ranking near the top of the NBA, and that includes 9.6 steals per game. Indiana is also very strong on the defensive glass, pulling down 73.8 percent of available rebounds, and the Pacers yield only 11.3 second-chance points per game, a top-10 overall mark in the category. Transition defense is also a staple of Indiana, landing in the top five in giving up only 11.6 fast break points per contest.
It isn’t only the defense, though, as the Pacers rank in the top-10 in myriad offensive categories. Indiana is scoring 112.9 points per 100 possessions, turning the ball over on only 13.4 percent of possessions, and generating 26.6 assists per game so far in 2020-21.
Why the Clippers can cover
The Clippers have superstars at the top of the ledger, and that helps to create an elite offensive system. Los Angeles is scoring 1.17 points per possession this season, ranking second in the NBA in offensive efficiency. That includes the league’s best true shooting percentage (60.8 percent), as well as a top-10 mark in assist-to-turnover ratio, generating 1.81 assists for every giveaway.
Defensively, the Clippers are versatile and effective. Near the rim, L.os Angeles is excelling, with a top-six mark in points in the paint allowed (43.1 per game) and the third-best mark in second chance points allowed (10.5 per game). The Clippers should also be able to take advantage of Indiana’s weaknesses, with the Pacers ranking near the bottom of the NBA in offensive rebound rate (24.7 percent) and free throw rate offensively.
How to make Pacers vs. Clippers picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, with the teams projected to combine for 216 points. The model also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can get that pick at SportsLine.
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