With the playoffs rapidly approaching, both the Indiana Pacers (45-29 SU, 37-37 ATS) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (43-30 SU, 37-36 ATS) could use a win when they meet this Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. ESPN will have the opening tip at 8 PM ET.
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The Pacers are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, fighting off the Boston Celtics for home-court advantage in the opening round. They’ve been remarkably successful despite the loss of All-Star guard Victor Oladipo (ruptured quad) for the season, but Indiana are also 5-9 SU and ATS over the past month – although they did beat the Thunder 108-106 on March 14 as a pick’em at home.
Oklahoma City are one of the four teams currently holding down the bottom seeds in the Western playoffs. Depending on how they finish the regular season, they’re likely to finish anywhere between third and eighth. The Thunder are also in a prolonged slump at 6-11 SU and 4-13 ATS since Valentine’s Day; Paul George’s shooting has been affected by ongoing shoulder issues, and Markieff Morris has struggled since he was jettisoned by the Washington Wizards and plucked from the waiver wire on February 20.
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