An Intriguing NBA Wednesday Contest
The Golden State Warriors have been woeful on the road and look to end that against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.
With the Warriors and Pacers being 14-14, there isn’t much separating them, and that’s the case with NBA betting markets.
Not Road Warriors
Bettors have no confidence in the Warriors winning on the road after yet another loss on Tuesday.
Despite attracting late betting moves, they suffered a 128-111 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. They were well-handled by the Eastern Conference powerhouse and now face another East team, the Pacers.
With only two wins and 12 losses on the road, it’s something we rarely see from the Warriors. They don’t usually have such lob-sided stats, so something needs to change for the defending champions.
They looked good when beating the Celtics, so they have the talent to beat good teams.
“The crowd was excited. We were excited, just the feeling of going against the team that you just played in the finals, especially the way they’ve played this year, they’ve just been so good, so dominant,” coach Steve Kerr said. “I thought we needed a game like that. We’ve been a little bit stuck in the mud.”
They are 14-14 against the spread, so the moneyline record matches. Bettors should expect the Warriors to improve as time goes on, but there isn’t the same excitement as usual.
The silver lining is that the sportsbook could start offering better odds for the Warriors, so they’re not worth dropping just yet.
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Pacers Levelling Out
The Pacers have struggled in their last two games, losing to the Nets and Heat, but they were close contests.
They scored 133 in a defeat to the Nets before scoring only 82 in an 87-82 defeat to the Heat, where they dominated in the paint.
“This is classic Eastern Conference basketball — it’s physical, it’s grinding, and both teams were trying to play fast,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “The competition was great, but we’ve got to find a way to get better looks.”
Not many, including NBA odds, expected the Pacers to be competitive. They are 8-6 at home, which has helped. However, they haven’t been so successful for bettors lately.
They have failed to cover the spread in seven of their last 10 games, so they need to rebound and measure up.
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Warriors vs Pacers Head-to-Head
The Pacers have won and covered the spread in the last two games against the Warriors.
They won 121-117 as a +16½ underdog in January before winning 112-104 as a +12½ favorite earlier this month.
The Pacers have a 7-3 ATS advantage in the last 10 games.
Warriors vs Pacers Game Information
- Game: Warriors (14-14) vs Pacers (14-14)
- Day/Time: Wednesday, December 14th, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
- Warriors vs Pacers Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Warriors vs Pacers Betting Lines
Warriors vs Pacers Picks & Prediction
The Pacers aren’t playing overly well but should be too good for the Warriors, who can’t do anything on the road.
Indiana has also had the advantage over Golden State recently, so its winning streak could continue. Take it to win and cover the spread.
Indiana is listed at +105 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Pacers, there’s a chance to win $105. Golden State is -125, offering a chance to win $80 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Indiana a 48.78% chance to win, with the Warriors at 55.56%.
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Warriors vs Pacers Game Summary
Pacers vs Warriors Previous Game (Dec. 05, 2022)
The Indiana Pacers and the Golden State Warriors (13-11) are trending in opposite directions but starting to align with most preseason predictions. Over the last five games, the Pacers have gone 1-4 while the Warriors are 4-1.
The Pacers (12-11) will be playing the second of a back-to-back in the middle of a seven-game road trip, losing 116-100 to the Portland Trail Blazers in the last game. The Warriors dominated the Houston Rockets, beating them 120-101 as Andrew Wiggins got hot from distance.