The Indiana Pacers may be the best team in the Eastern Conference according to the standings, but if my NBA weekend predictions pan out, that won’t be the case by the time Monday rolls around. Indiana not only plays Miami on Friday, they face the Thunder on Sunday. Talk about a weekend from hell.
At any point during the season, Indiana would welcome the challenge but a collection of strange behind-the-scenes problems have infected the fan favorites with some major issues. The Pacers have recently gone a brutal 3-7 SU and 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games after roaring through the majority of the season like a freight train of awesome. So what happened?
Most people, like Roy Hibbert, point to the trade that sent Danny Granger to Philadelphia in exchange for Evan Turner. It’s not like Turner has played poorly, but the loss of a veteran leader in the locker room has made it tough for the Pacers to survive bad times. That’s part of the reason that this NBA weekend prediction is so easy to make; Indiana lacks real, veteran leadership. David West can only do so much, especially when the longest tenured players on the team are guys like Andrew Bynum and Luis Scola.
The Pacers got caught up in an arms race, and in an effort to beef up their resources they did exactly what the Oklahoma City Thunder did when they traded away James Harden. Sometimes having “talent” on the bench is less important than building around a locker room full of guys that like playing together and enjoy each other’s company. Indiana is going through a horrible time of dealing with their issues, and matchups against two of the best teams in the league this weekend will either crush them heading in to the playoffs or galvanize them entirely.
That win may be hard to come by with Oklahoma City barreling down their throats. The Thunder are coming off a 107-101 win against the Clippers and have continued to clamp down on teams defensively to earn wins. They’re 7-3 SU in their last 10 games and 5-4-1 ATS in that stretch. Say what you will about the Harden trade, but Oklahoma City found a way to move on.
Indiana might not be able to at a crucial time in the season, and it will be bonafide crazy if a player like Granger is the catalyst for a legitimate NBA Championship contender going in to a sudden toilet.
I still like the Pacers; I want them to make the Eastern Conference Finals so we can have The Rematch we’ve all been dying to see. But right now all I care about is them finding their smile. It will be nowhere to found this weekend.
My NBA betting prediction is that Indiana will lose to Miami today and the Thunder on Sunday
More NBA Betting Predictions For This Weekend.
Bet On The Phoenix Suns Making The Playoffs
They’ve been teetering on the brink of existence, and they have three tough road games in their last four matchups but the Suns will make the playoffs. They’re 8-2 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games and have surged on the road this season with a 27-11 ATS record. Even if you don’t trust my NBA weekend prediction that they’ll secure a playoff berth, you can easily make money on one of the league’s best road teams as they travel to San Antonio and Dallas.
Bet On The Toronto Raptors To Finish Big This Season
New York (twice), Detroit and Milaukee. Those are the Raptors’ last three opponents in their final four games. All of those games aside from the one against Detroit are also at home. Trust me – Toronto does not want to play Chicago or Brooklyn in the first round. They’ll do everything humanly possible to book a matchup against the Wizards or Bobcats. This isn’t the loftiest NBA weekend prediction to make, but Toronto will win their last four games of the season to secure the three seed.