Nets vs Pacers: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – March 17, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on March 17, 2021

The Brooklyn Nets (27-13) visit the Indiana Pacers (17-21) as 3.5-point favorites after Kyrie Irving went off for 34 points in the Nets’ 117-112 victory over the Knicks. The matchup airs on FS-IN at 7:00 PM ET on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. The matchup’s over/under is set at 232.5.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from FanDuel sportsbook as of March 17, 2021, 1:05 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Nets vs Pacers Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of March 17

Nets:
Kevin Durant: Out (Hamstring),
Blake Griffin: Out (Health and Safety Protocols),
Spencer Dinwiddie: Out For Season (ACL)

Pacers:
Jeremy Lamb: Day To Day (Knee),
T.J. Warren: Out (Foot)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Pacers (+3.5)
Total Pick Under (232.5)
Prediction Nets 116, Pacers 114

The spread for this game suggested by the model (1.8 points) is a little tighter than the 3.5-point edge FanDuel gives to the Nets, though the data still has them as the favorite.

In this matchup, the model projects a total (230.4 points) a little lower than the FanDuel over/under (232.5 points).

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Nets Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Kevin Durant 19 29.0 7.3 5.2 0.7 1.4 2.6
Kyrie Irving 29 27.6 4.7 5.8 1.1 0.6 2.9
James Harden 34 25.0 8.1 11.1 1.1 0.8 3.0
Joe Harris 40 14.6 3.5 1.7 0.6 0.2 3.4
Blake Griffin 20 12.3 5.2 3.9 0.8 0.2 2.0

Pacers Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Malcolm Brogdon 37 21.6 4.7 6.1 1.1 0.2 2.5
Domantas Sabonis 38 20.5 11.2 6.3 1.1 0.6 0.9
Caris LeVert 14 18.0 4.4 5.4 1.1 0.4 1.8
Doug McDermott 37 13.4 3.9 1.4 0.3 0.1 1.7
Myles Turner 36 13.2 6.6 1.0 1.0 3.4 1.4

Shooting Trends

  • The Nets are shooting 50.1% from the field this season, 3.2 percentage points higher than the 46.9% the Pacers allow to opponents.
  • Brooklyn has a 17-13 record against the spread and a 23-7 straight-up record in games it shoots higher than 46.9% from the field.
  • Indiana is 14-13 against the spread and 15-12 overall when allowing opponents to shoot better than 50.1% from the field.
  • The Pacers’ 47.2% shooting percentage from the field this season is 0.8 percentage points higher than the Nets have allowed to their opponents (46.4%).
  • This season, Indiana has a 14-8 record against the spread and a 16-6 record overall in games the team collectively shoots over 46.4% from the field.
  • When Brooklyn’s opponents shoot above 47.2% from the field, it is 14-9 against the spread and 18-5 overall.
  • The Nets are hitting 40.5% of their three-point shots this season, 2.2% higher than the 38.3% the Pacers allow opponents to shoot from deep.
  • Brooklyn has an 18-8 record against the spread and a 22-4 record overall when the team knocks down more than 38.3% of its three-point shots.
  • Indiana has put up a 12-9 against the spread while going 13-8 overall in games this season when its opponents shoot better than 40.5% from deep.
  • The Pacers shoot 36.2% from beyond the arc this season. That’s 0.1 percentage points lower than the Nets have allowed their opponents to shoot from deep (36.3%).
  • Indiana has a 10-8 ATS record and is 10-8 straight-up when the team makes more than 36.3% of its three-point attempts.
  • Brooklyn is 10-8 ATS and 14-4 overall in games it shoots over 36.2% from deep.
  • The Nets’ 15.1 made three-pointers per game this season is 2.9 more made shots on average than the 12.2 per game the Pacers allow.
  • Brooklyn has gone 15-11 against the spread and 18-8 overall this season in games it has out-shot its opponents from the three-point line. When Indiana hits fewer three-pointers than its opponents, it is 7-12 ATS and 9-10 straight up.
  • The Nets make the fourth-most three-pointers in the league, while the Pacers allow the ninth-fewest makes from beyond the arc.

Nets vs Pacers Stat Rankings

Nets Rank Nets AVG Pacers AVG Pacers Rank
1st 120.5 Points Scored 112.5 16th
25th 115.3 Points Allowed 112.5 19th
17th 44 Rebounds 41.6 30th
25th 8.5 Off. Rebounds 8.6 24th
4th 15.1 3pt Made 12.2 20th
4th 27 Assists 26.5 7th
19th 13.9 Turnovers 13.2 12th

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