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Pacers Look to Push Streak to Seven Straight

On Monday night, the NBA will head to Indianapolis when the Oklahoma City Thunder visits the Indiana Pacers. The current line has Indiana favored by 4.5 points with the over/under point total sitting on 210.5.

Entering this game, Oklahoma City has an overall record on the season of 30-22 straight up and 28-23-1 against the spread. On the road, the Thunder is 12-15 SU and ATS. Indiana on the season is 28-22 SU and 23-26-1 ATS. At home, the Pacers are 19-6 SU and 14-10-1 ATS.

The Pacers extended their current winning streak to six games with a 105-84 win on Saturday over the Detroit Pistons, which was the third consecutive game the Pacers held their opponent to less than 100 points.

Paul George led Indiana in scoring against Detroit with 21 points. However, things might be different Monday, as the Pacers will have to face Russell Westbrook, who has 25 triple-doubles this season including one against the Pacers on November 20, but Indiana won that game 115-111.

On Sunday, Westbrook scored 42 points in the Thunder’s 105-99 win at home against Portland. Victor Oladipo pulled down 13 boards in the game for the Thunder, while Andre Roberson added 11.

Roberson scored 14 points in that game, which was the first time he scored in double figures, in the past 14 games. Westbrook is averaging 9.1 assists versus Indiana and had 15 for his team in its loss in November to the Pacers.

Indiana has had a well balanced attack during its current run of winning 13 out of it past 17. Lavoy Allen scored his season high of 18 points on Saturday, while adding a season high 11 rebounds as well.

Starting forward Thaddeus Young for the Pacers missed Saturday’s game with a wrist injury and he is listed as day to day.

George has averaged 29.5 points per game over the past four games Indiana has played at home.

Oklahoma City is third in the league in rebounding margin at plus-4 while Indiana is No. 26 at minus-3.5.

Oklahoma City has lost 7 of 10 second half games in back to back sets this season.

Indiana is 5-1 ATS in its past 6 games played.

Prediction: Both teams have played well of late, but Indiana is at home and riding a five game winning streak. The Pacers have won 13 of their past 17 and should win and cover on Monday.

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