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Indiana Pacers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

The OKC Thunder look to return to .500 as they welcome a brand new look Indiana Pacers to Chesapeake Enviornment. It marks the primary encounter between these groups following the commerce which despatched Victor Oladipo and Domantis Sabonis to Indiana for Paul George.

The Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder look to bounce again following a heartbreaking 115-113loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Andrew Wiggins banked in a 35-foot jumper on the buzzer, denying Carmelo Anthony his first recreation winner with OKC. Anthony appeared to have stolen the sport for Oklahoma Metropolis when he hit a three with four.5 seconds remaining. Wiggins was capable of finding clear air following a display from heart Karl Anthony-Cities and the remainder is historical past. .
Russell Westbrook completed with a recreation excessive 31 factors (12-24 FG, 5-Eight 3PT), 5 rebounds and 10 assists whereas the OK3 accounted for 68 of OKC’s 113 factors
In the meantime, the Indiana Pacers come to Oklahoma Metropolis on the second half of a again to again. Of their final outing, the Pacers pounded the Minnesota Timberwolves 130-107 away from residence. Lead by ex-Thunder guard Victor Oladipo‘s 28 factors, Indiana shot a scorching 67 % from the sector. Extra impressively, six Pacers scored in double figures, together with an ideal 7-7 capturing efficiency from ex-Thunder ahead Domantis Sabonis. The Lithuanian native has shot completely from the sector in 2 of his first four video games.

Historical past

Indiana holds a 9-Eight benefit in face to face match ups, together with successful four of the final 5 video games. With Paul George now with the Thunder and former-starting guard Jeff Teague with Minnesota, the Pacers roster is a shell of what it was. Traditionally, Russ has burned Indiana, averaging 24 factors, 13 rebounds and 12.6 assists within the final three outings.


Coming into this season, the OK3 have continually preached the significance of protection and the Thunder haven't upset. OKC rank eighth in factors allowed (98.three) and lead the league in turnovers compelled (21) and steals (12.three) per recreation. Nevertheless, they've struggled mightily on the boards this season.
After a number of dominant seasons on the glass, OKC discover themselves close to the underside in rebounding. Oklahoma Metropolis’s offense remains to be a piece in progress nevertheless. Regardless of the additions of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony this offseason, OKC’s offense is ranked a lowly 20th within the league. With the OK3 trying to find their roles within the offense, inconsistency on assault is unsurprising.
Quite the opposite, the new-look Indiana Pacers have adopted a excessive octane offense, producing numbers that mirror the Golden State Warriors. The Pacers have torched opponents for 118.5 factors per recreation (4th general) on 52.5 % from the sector (1st).
Moreover, Indiana rank 2nd in offensive effectivity (1.125), third in turnover/help ratio (1.72), 4th in quick break factors (17.2), fifth in assists (23.three) and eighth in turnovers (13.5) per recreation. They'll’t defend a shadow nevertheless, permitting opponents to attain a whopping 116 factors per recreation.

Key Match Ups

Russell Westbrook vs Darren Collison

I don’t count on Darren Collison to pose too many issues for Russ on this match up. Westbrook is a celebrity and Collison is a mean level guard higher off as a backup. By means of three video games, Russ is averaging 19.three factors, 9.three rebounds and 11.7 assists. Like at all times, the offense begins with Westbrook and the crew will go as he does. Getting out in transition will likely be key.
Collison however, has been a significant beneficiary in Indiana’s excessive octane offense. In four video games, he's averaging 15 factors (56 % capturing) and 9.Eight assists. His help whole is twice his profession common and though a small pattern dimension, he's clearly contributing to a lot of Indiana’s early success. If Collison continues to function shut these numbers, the Pacers will likely be in with an actual shot to stroll away with the W.

Andre Roberson vs Victor Oladipo

Dre is probably going to attract Indiana’s hardest offensive task in Oladipo. Sure, his offense has been ghastly thus far, however his protection nonetheless holds loads of worth. Anticipate his size and athleticism to pose loads of issues for Oladipo. If Dre can get him off his recreation early, it would go a good distance towards a Thunder victory.
Oladipo has been on an offensive tear to begin the season. After four video games, he's averaging 23.Eight factors (47 % FG, 38 % 3PT), four.5 rebounds and three.5 assists in 30 minutes per recreation. Whereas this can be a small pattern dimension, Dipo is being aggressive, attacking the lane and using his athleticism that lay dormant most of final 12 months. If he is ready to get going early, OKC could possibly be in a world of bother attempting to cease him.

Paul George vs Indiana Pacers

PG13 spent a number of seasons in Indiana and emerged as one of many NBA’s high two-way skills. After years of frustration with the franchise, George requested a commerce and wound up in Oklahoma Metropolis. There will likely be loads of nerves in his first match-up along with his previous franchise however one he'll relish as soon as the sport begins.
George will likely be matched up with Bogdan Bogdanovic. The Croatian isn’t identified for his defensive chops and I count on PG13 to utterly dominate him. OKC will go to PG early and infrequently. Whereas he's averaging 21 factors per recreation this season, George has been in a capturing hunch, capturing simply 37 % from the sector and 33 % from three. I think this can change because the Pacers don’t look to have anybody able to slowing George down. Search for an enormous recreation.

Predicted Line-ups

OKC Thunder Starters:

Level Guard: Russell Westbrook
Taking pictures Guard: Andre Roberson
Small Ahead: Paul George
Energy Ahead: Carmelo Anthony
Heart:  Steven Adams

OKC Thunder Bench:

Level Guard: Raymond Felton , Daniel Hamilton (2-way)
Taking pictures Guard: Alex Abrines, Terrance Ferguson,
Small Ahead: Jerami Grant, Josh Huestis
Energy Ahead:  Patrick Patterson, Nick Collison
HeartDakari Johnson
Damage notes: Rookie guard Terrance Ferguson has been restricted in observe after injuring his ankle in observe. He's prone to sit out, giving one other alternative for Josh Huestis to impress.
Indiana Pacers Starters
Level Guard: Darren Collison
Taking pictures Guard: Victor Oladipo
Small Ahead: Bogdan Bogdanovic
Energy Ahead: Thaddeus Younger
HeartDomantis Sabonis

Indiana Pacers Bench:

Level Guard: Corey Joseph, Joe Younger
Taking pictures Guard: Damien Wilkins
Small Ahead: Lance Stephenson, Alex Poythress
Energy Ahead: TJ Leaf
HeartAl Jefferson, Ike Onigbogu
Damage notes: Beginning massive man Myles Turner is questionable for tonight’s match-up as he battles a neck harm. He's prone to be a recreation time resolution.
Prediction: Indiana are coming off a formidable win in opposition to the Timberwolves however meet a rested Thunder crew seeking to get again on monitor. The Pacers are additionally on the second half of a again to again and I think their legs will likely be a bit weary coming into this recreation. Oklahoma Metropolis by 12 or extra.
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