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Oklahoma City Thunder at Indiana Pacers

Given where we are at in the NBA season, the Eastern Conference top 4 is beginning to look like it might just be set in stone. Sure, a team could make a late run or collapse coming down the stretch, but it really does look as though the top two seeds will stay the same, with the real battle now being between the #3 and #4 team for the higher seeding once the playoffs begin.

If that is the case, then we are looking at a fight between the Indiana Pacers and the Philadelphia 76ers for the #3 spot, as they are both 5 game back of the Toronto Raptors in second and 2 games up on the Celtics in 5th.

The Pacers will try to help their cause with a win on Thursday night, and while they have home court advantage, getting a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder is by no means a guarantee. This should be a tight affair, with the bookies making the Pacers a slim 1-point home favorite. This is a huge game for both teams, as OKC are in a similar position to the Pacers in the Western Conference playoff race.

When: Thursday, March 14 at 7 PM EST
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Why bet on the Oklahoma City Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder are involved in a very tight race in the Western Conference, with a trio of teams battling it out for the #3 and #4 seed in the conference, which is important, as landing there means home court advantage in the opening round. It is the Thunder who are in the #3 spot right now, albeit only a half game up on the others.

They are not doing much to help their cause at the moment, as their 4-6 record in their last 10 games is not what you would expect from a team near the top of the conference. That said, they have now won 2 in a row, so there are signs that they might be ready to pull out of this slump. OKC have a winning record on the road, going 19-17, and they are 8-6 ATS as a road underdog.

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Why bet on the Indiana Pacers

Much like the Thunder, the Pacers are on a bit of a poor run right now, going just 5-5 in their last 10 games. They are certainly going to be part of the postseason, but they also need to find a way to get back to winning ways, just in case the Boston Celtics find a way to rise up and push Indiana down into the #5 spot.

Given how the Celtics are playing, that scenario seems unlikely, but you never can tell what might happen once the pressure of the final weeks of the season starts to kick in. The Pacers will be fine if they continue to play well at home, where they are 26-9. As a home favorite, Indiana have gone 16-13 ATS this season.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

This is the first meeting of the season between these two, with the Thunder winning both games last year. I think we see a different outcome this time around, as I like the Pacers to win and cover.

Best Bet: Indiana Pacers 110 Oklahoma City Thunder 107

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