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Denver Nuggets vs Indiana Pacers 1/2/2020 Spread Picks and Previews

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Denver Nuggets vs Indiana Pacers 1-2-2020 Spread Picks and Previews

Denver Nuggets vs Indiana Pacers 1/2/2020 – The Denver Nuggets and the Indiana Pacers will meet for the first time this season on Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Nuggets will be coming in with one of the best regular-season records in the Western Conference at 23-10, but the NBA spread and Moneyline favorite Pacers are proving in each marquee win over elite teams that they are already a legitimate contender even without star shooting guard Victor Oladipo.

Denver Nuggets vs Indiana Pacers 1/2/2020

When: January 2, 2020 7:00 PM ET
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
TV: FOX SPORTS INDIANA
Stream: NBA League Pass, SofaScore

Denver Nuggets vs Indiana Pacers 1/2/2020 Betting Odds
Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Denver Nuggets +1.5 (-108) 207.5 o (-110) +105

Indiana Pacers
-1.5 (-108) 207.5 u (-110) -125
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Denver Nuggets Betting

The Denver Nuggets absorbed a stinging loss to the Houston Rockets, 130-104, in their last game of 2019 on Tuesday. Denver’s defense couldn’t stop the duo of James Harden and Russell Westbrook, who combined for 63 points. Nikola Jokic led the charge with 21 points, eight rebounds, and four assists, and Monte Morris tallied 18 points off the bench.

Players to Watch: Nikola Jokic (18.1 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 6.9 APG)

Jamal Murray (17.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.5 APG)

Will Barton (14.6 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 3.5 APG)

Indiana Pacers Betting

The Pacers salvaged another big win against a title contender this season after toppling the Philadelphia 76ers, 115-97. Domantas Sabonis recorded 23 points and 10 rebounds, TJ Warren registered 21 points and TJ McConnel dished out 10 dimes off the bench. Indiana shot 48 percent from the field and 44 percent from beyond the arc.

Players to Watch: Malcolm Brogdon (18.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 7.6 APG)

T.J. Warren (17.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.2 APG)

Domantas Sabonis (17.4 PPG, 13.4 RPG, 3.9 APG)

Denver Nuggets vs Indiana Pacers 1/2/2020 Betting Numbers

Trends

Denver Nuggets

Denver are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver’s last 6 games.
Denver are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games.
Denver are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against Indiana.
Nuggets are 12-4 SU in their last 16 games against Indiana.
Denver are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Indiana.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Denver’s last 5 games this season.
Denver are 14-6 SU in their last 20 games against an opponent in the Eastern conference.
Denver are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against an opponent in the Central division.

Indiana Pacers

Indiana are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games.
Pacers are 14-6 SU in their last 20 games.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Indiana’s last 8 games against Denver.
Indiana are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games at home.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana’s last 6 games when playing at home against Denver.
Indiana are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games this season.
Pacers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against an opponent in the Western conference.
Indiana are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games against an opponent in the Northwest division.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Indiana’s last 8 games played in January.

Injuries

Denver Nuggets

Gary Harris SG Shin is “?” Thursday vs Indiana

Indiana Pacers

Victor Oladipo SG Knee is out indefinitely
Malcolm Brogdon PG Back is downgraded to doubtful Thursday vs Denver
Edmond Sumner PG Knee is doubtful Thursday vs Denver

Head-to-Head
Denver Nuggets Indiana Pacers
11-17 Against the Spread 18-14
13-20 Straight Up 15-19
108 Points per Game 109
103 Points Allowed per Game 105
45.63 Offensive FG% 46.6
75.97 Offensive FT% 80.3
35.81 Offensive 3PT% 36.44
44.21 Defensive FG% 43.76
75.53 Defensive FT% 76.58
31.12 Defensive 3PT% 34.04

Denver Nuggets vs Indiana Pacers Betting Picks

Sportsbook betting sites are taking some risk here by picking the Pacers as 1.5-point favorites. While the Pacers are certainly no joke, the Nuggets are viewed by many NBA analysts as a strong title contender. Perhaps, the 126-point beatdown against the Rockets might have influenced odds-makers to put the Nuggets as the road dogs in this game.

Moneyline: My money is on the Nuggets to get a road win in Indianapolis. The Pacers are 15-3 at home, but we are talking about a Nuggets team that is very deep and boast the top defense in the league at 103 points allowed per game.

ATS: The Nuggets should be poised to get an ATS win. They are a solid 6-7-1 against the spread on the road.

TOTALs: The total opened at 207.5 points. It’s hard to gauge how much points these teams are going to produce, but I have a feeling this game will reach at least 220 points. The biggest reason is the Nuggets defense that has been sagging as of late.

Score Prediction: 116 – 108 Nuggets