We’re about to find out what the Thunder (43-31, 23-12 home) are made of on Wednesday, March 27 when they host the Pacers (45-29, 17-20 away) at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Tip off time is 8:00 p.m. EST.
Oklahoma City has lost six of its last ten games and has been dogged by a laundry list of issues. The Thunder have the NBA’s 17th-ranked offensive rating and fourth-ranked defensive rating. They’re averaging 114.3 points per game on 43.0% shooting and are giving up 111.1 points per game. Oklahoma City is 17th in field goals allowed and 15th in three-pointers surrendered.
They’ll be tested from start to finish as they face Indiana. The Pacers are third in defensive rating and are giving up just 104.0 points per game on 223.0% shooting from the field and 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc.
These two teams have already met once this season. The last time they played on March 14th, 2019, Indiana won 108-106 behind 26 points from Domantas Sabonis.
The Thunder are hot off of a 115-103 loss vs the Grizzlies in Memphis in which they handed out 17 assists and pulled down 49 rebounds. The Pacers, meanwhile, are fresh off a 124-88 win against the Nuggets in Indiana in which they shot 8-18 from the three-point line. Bojan Bogdanovic paced the team with 35 points.
The Thunder are 6.0-point favorites, with an over/under total of 217. That’s a generous point spread, so you may want to think twice if you’re thinking of wagering on the Thunder. Bear in mind that Indiana is 37-37-0 against the spread this year and 31-43-0 over/under. Oklahoma City, meanwhile, is 37-37-0 ATS and 37-37-0 over/under.