NBA Wednesday Preview & Free Pick

Indiana Pacers at New Orleans Pelicans

 Wednesday, Feb. 7, 8 p.m. (ET)

BetAnySports Pointspread: New Orleans -3

BetAnySports Total Line: 214

 Indiana at New Orleans Game Overview

 The Pacers have dropped two of their last three games straight-up and they are just 2-5 against the spread over their last seven outings. The total went OVER BetAnySports’ 211-point line in Monday’s 111-102 loss to Washington as 3.5-point home underdogs and it has gone OVER in four of their last six games. Indiana goes back on the road at 11-14 SU with a 13-12 record ATS.

Injuries are starting to catch up with Indiana heading into this game. Darren Collison will miss a few weeks with a knee issue and Victor Oladipo is still listed as day-to-day on the latest report after missing Monday’s game with an illness. In Oladipo’s absence as the team’s leading scorer (24.0 points), Bojan Bogdanovic led the way on Monday night with 29 points in the losing cause. The Pacers are ranked 11th in the league in scoring with an average of 106.7 points per game.

New Orleans is just 1-4 both SU and ATS in its last five outings after losing to Utah 133-109 as a slight one-point home favorite on Monday night. It has now lost its last three games at home (SU and ATS) since beating Houston on Jan. 26 as a 4.5-point home underdog. The total went OVER BetAnySports’ closing 216-point line against the Jazz and it has gone OVER in three of the Pelicans’ last four games. They are now 14-12 SU (10-15-1 ATS) in 26 home games this season.

The pressure to carry this team is squarely on Anthony Davis’s shoulders after DeMarcus Cousins was lost for the season with a torn Achilles. He scored 15 points with 11 rebounds on Monday night, but the Pelicans got a strong effort from Jrue Holiday on the scoreboard with a game-high 28 points. Davis is averaging 26.8 PPG as part of New Orleans’ scoring average of 110.7 points, which is the fourth-highest total in the NBA.

 Indiana at New Orleans Game Prediction

There is still some question about Oladipo’s availability for Wednesday night which might have an impact on the opening betting lines, but I still like New Orleans winning at home and covering ATS at BetAnySports.

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