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Indiana Pacers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction

Indiana Pacers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction

Indiana Pacers

April 22

00:00

Oklahoma City Thunder

Indiana Pacers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction comes ahead of their NBA regular season clash on Thursday, April 22nd 2021, at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Read my match preview for the correct score predictions and best betting tips ahead of this fixture.

Indiana Pacers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Preview

Second-year PF Darius Bazley had a season-high 26 points, seven rebounds and three assists but couldn't help the undermanned Oklahoma City Thunder avoid a double-digit defeat away in Washington against Bradley Beal, their former franchise guard Russell Westbrook and the Wizards last time out. 

It seems no coincidence they've struggled especially recently: 11 straight defeats, with multiple scoring leaders over those games without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (plantar fascia). The third-year SG was averaging career-highs in points (23.7), assists (5.9), FG% (50.8) and 3P% (41.8) before being sidelined this time last month.

Will Indiana make it twelve straight overnight?

Indiana Pacers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Tips

ESPN's BPI is pulling no punches with their matchup predictor, giving Indiana a clear advantage to prevail (76.3%), and that's unsurprising given OKC's multitude of injuries - including reserve big man Mike Muscala (ankle) and rising SF Luguentz Dort (hip), provisionally listed as questionable to feature in this upcoming clash. 

Even if the latter features, you'd expect a herculean scoring effort is needed if they're to prevail without SGA. His five biggest season-high totals have come in defeats, including a 42-point effort against Utah on April 13.

I'm inclined to back the Pacers - despite dealing with injuries of their own as All-Star PF Domantas Sabonis (back), Myles Turner (toe), and T.J. Warren (foot) are all unavailable. It'll mean more responsibility on Malcolm Brogdon's shoulders and others besides, but it isn't the first time they've come into a game underhanded and won.

Predicted By Mosope
Ominiyi

Expert's prediction

Match prediction: Indiana Pacers to win

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W

0-0 vs Washington Wizards (H)

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W

93-104 vs Sacramento Kings (H)

L

141-154 vs Washington Wizards (A)

L

0-0 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (A)

D

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D

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D

131-112 vs Orlando Magic (A)

W
D

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D

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L

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L

97-118 vs Golden State Warriors (A)

L

99-103 vs Sacramento Kings (H)

L

120-123 vs Phoenix Suns (H)

D

0-0 vs Indiana Pacers (H)

D

0-0 vs New Orleans Pelicans (H)

W

119-115 vs Boston Celtics (A)

L

90-121 vs Philadelphia 76ers (A)

0-0 vs Philadelphia 76ers (H)

D

0-0 vs Washington Wizards (H)

D

133-126 vs Atlanta Hawks (H)

W

93-104 vs Sacramento Kings (H)

L

0-0 vs Brooklyn Nets (H)

D

0-0 vs Portland Trail Blazers (H)

D
L

99-103 vs Sacramento Kings (H)

L

120-123 vs Phoenix Suns (H)

D

0-0 vs Indiana Pacers (H)

D

0-0 vs New Orleans Pelicans (H)

111-102 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (A)

W

141-154 vs Washington Wizards (A)

L

0-0 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (A)

D

131-112 vs Orlando Magic (A)

W
D

0-0 vs Sacramento Kings (A)

D

0-0 vs Sacramento Kings (A)

L

97-136 vs Golden State Warriors (A)

L

97-118 vs Golden State Warriors (A)

W

119-115 vs Boston Celtics (A)

L

90-121 vs Philadelphia 76ers (A)

Indiana Pacers
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Predicted Lineup

Caris LeVert

Justin Holiday

Malcolm Brogdon

Oshae Brissett

Edmond Sumner

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

Darius Bazley

Theo Maledon

Moses Brown

Aleksej Pokusevski

Mosope Ominiyi
21.04.2021

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