Pacers heavy chalk on oddsboards as they look to halt slide against Nets

Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren, Jan 2020 (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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The Pacers are sizable 7-point favorites hosting the Nets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday, odds suggesting Indiana has a good chance to halt its longest losing streak in over two years.

Nets at Pacers (-7, 218)

Tip: 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT

Here’s what bettors need to know: The Pacers (31-22 straight up, 26-26-1 against the spread) are slumping, losing their last five straight (1-4 ATS) as they work Victor Oladipo back into the lineup. The franchise star, who has played in five games since returning from injury, missed more than a year due to a ruptured quad tendon.

Indiana is expected to debut its long-anticipated starting lineup Monday night, with Oladipo and T.J. Warren taking the tip together for the first time all season. They are joined by Malcolm Brogdon, Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner. Sabonis, a first-time All-Star, leads the team with 18.2 points and 12.6 rebounds per game.

The Pacers are 1-4 SU and 1-3-1 ATS with Oladipo suiting up, outscored 108.8 to 105.4. They are failing to cover a -3.7 average spread by a -7.1 margin.

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Indiana is 11-2 SU and 10-3 ATS versus the Nets (23-28 SU, 24-26-1 ATS) during head coach Nate McMillan’s tenure. The franchise is 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS in the series at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in this span, surpassing its projected team total in all but one contest. The offense erupts for 121.7 points per game.

The Pacers thrashed the Nets in Brooklyn 115-86 as 2.5-point underdogs in their last meeting on November 18, despite missing backcourt duo Brogdon and T.J. McConnell to injuries.

Brooklyn has covered five of its last six point spreads by a hefty 11.0 margin (-2.5 avg. line). The offense is rolling off Caris LeVert’s hot hand. The fourth-year shooting guard started the last three games with Kyrie Irving nursing a sprained knee and has taken full advantage of the first-team opportunity. LeVert is averaging 29.7 points and 6.3 assists per game over his last three.

Success away from Barclays Center has been tough to come by for the Nets, however. They are 1-9 SU and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games, the offense slumping to 106.7 points per game on 41.8% shooting.

Opponents slowing Nets go-to Spencer Dinwiddie (21 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 6.5 apg) is the key for bettors fading Brooklyn. In 31 games with Irving out, Brooklyn is 12-6 ATS (10-8 SU) when the point guard averages better than 41.5% from the field, as opposed to 4-9 ATS (5-8 SU) when he hits at a lower percentage.

The Nets have not sprung an upset catching 6 points or more on the oddsboard since December 2018, going 0-23 SU and 6-16-1 ATS when gifted as many points since.

Brooklyn is 0-11 SU and 2-8-1 ATS in its last 11 road games against a team with a winning record, losing by a 12.4 average margin. The defense allows 120.3 points per game.

More Monday NBA betting lines

Hawks at Magic (-6, 222)
Hornets at Pistons (-2, 208.5)
Timberwolves at Raptors (-9, 227)
Kings at Bucks (-11.5, 226)
Jazz (-1, 220) at Mavericks
Spurs at Nuggets (-7.5, 220)
Heat (-6, 220.5) at Warriors
Suns at Lakers (-13, 228.5)

This story was compiled with the help of queries performed at SportsDatabase.

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