Pacers vs. Pelicans predictions, player props and best bets against the spread and moneyline

The Pacers and Pelicans will clash on national television on Wednesday night (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN), in what should be an exciting battle of top-seven teams in their respective conferences. Today we will shine a light on this game from a betting perspective, assessing the odds and revealing our best bets, top props, and final score predictions.

While neither of these teams could be considered elite Finals contenders, both rank as squads that fellow playoff teams never seem to enjoy facing. The Pacers are the highest-scoring team in the NBA, while the Pelicans are one of the more highly efficient teams on both sides of the floor.

Tyrese Haliburton, when fully healthy, has looked like the best point guard in the league and a reason for Indy fans to once again believe. Now that he has Pascal Siakam along with stud center Myles Turner, the Pacers have their very own “Big Three” along with an underrated supporting cast.

The Pelicans know about depth, too. Midrange assassin Brandon Ingram’s play continues to elevate, and a healthy C.J. McCollum has helped stretch the floor for fellow sharpshooters Jordan Hawkins, Herbert Jones, and newcomer Matt Ryan. And don’t forget about New Orleans’ muscle, the 1-2 interior punch of Zion Williamson and Jonas Valanciunas.

We’re already getting ourselves psyched for this one, so let’s get right into the odds for Pelicans vs. Pacers and unveil our best bets from BetMGM to help you boost your bankrolls this Wednesday evening.

Pelicans at Pacers predictions, player props, bets against the spread and moneyline

All odds and props are from BetMGM, an authorized gaming operator of the NBA.

  • ATS: Pelicans -4.5 (-110) | Pacers +4.5 (-110)
  • Moneyline: Pelicans -185 | Pacers +175
  • Over/under: O 243.5 (-110) | U 243.5 (-110)

The sportsbooks like the Pelicans on the road, as they have the stronger overall team from the better conference. The relatively high over/under should come as no surprise, as the Pacers average an NBA-best 123.9 points per game and the Pels sit among the top 10 in three-point percentage, field goal percentage, and free throws attempted.

Pelicans at Pacers predictions, best bets

We’re leaning toward the Pacers here, as they have won four of their past six and continue to serve as the fastest, most run-and-gun offense in the NBA. The Pelicans are a little banged up, with Zion dealing with a foot contusion and McCollum dealing with yet another ankle issue. If NOLA isn’t at full strength in Indy, Haliburton and company could leave the Pels in their dust. 

After taking on the Knicks on Tuesday night, they must travel to Indianapolis for the tail-end of a back-to-back against a pesky Pacers squad. No bueno!

Indy, meanwhile, had Tuesday off to prepare for this one after getting surprised and upset by the suddenly surging Raptors on Monday. Rick Carlisle’s squad has also had the benefit of being at home for the entirety of the All-Star break, which took place in their home city. Indy’s last road game was on Valentine’s Day in Toronto.

New Orleans gets far too bogged down when shots aren’t falling. The Pels have failed to exceed 12 3-pointers in five of their past eight games, and they’ve hit 10 or fewer in three of their past six. When they managed just seven triples against Miami, they walked away with an abysmal 95 points.

Pace will appropriately be the name of the game for Haliburton and this Indiana squad, which will simply be too much for the quietly struggling Pelicans to handle on the road with no rest. Back Indy for the home upset.

FINAL SCORE PREDICTION: Pacers 128, Pelicans 117 — The Pacers win (+175) and cover (+4.5), blasting New Orleans and pushing the score slightly OVER the total (243.5)

Pacers vs. Pelicans: Top player prop bet

Tyrese Haliburton points + assists — OVER 29.5 (-115)

Haliburton has been electric when healthy this season, and he always seems to ball out on national TV. At home against a strong playoff squad, we like Hali to turn on the afterburners and get after it against a smaller, slower frontcourt. We’ve seen Hali go below this combined total in each of Indy’s past two games, but he hit the OVER in three of Indy’s prior four games. Smash the OVER.


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